Prayer or contemplation is not something that can be achieved by mere human effort, however well-intentioned or however strenuous. Prayer is a grace. It is a gift that lifts us beyond anything we ourselves could ever attain by ascetic practice or meditative technique. Accordingly, communion with God, actual friendship with God in prayer, although impossible even for the strong, is something God Himself can achieve for us.
Recovering the Contemplative Dimension Fr. Paul Murray, O.P.
Offered in solidarity with our Holy Father Pope Francis, his prayer intention for March 2017:
Support for Persecuted Christians.That persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church.
BENEDICTUS XVI, PONTIFEX EMERITUS
Open Wide the Doors to Christ
My open request and invitation to all pastors, especially in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee: please make the Sacrament of Reconciliation available regularly--at least more often than one hour on Saturday afternoon. Please dedicate 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. one weekday evening each week to the regular hearing of confessions.
Jody Finklea is a Lay Dominican, Roman Catholic father, husband and lawyer that lives in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. Jody is also a fourth degree Knight of Columbus and an alumnus of The Catholic University of America School of Philosophy.