October 27, 2021

…The Spirit intercedes with inexpressible groanings

What is stirring in your heart and prayer today? What are those “inexpressible groanings?” A few of mine: There is water damage to a wall in our dining room. How will that desperate mom at the border seeking asylum find peace and safety for her young children? What’s ahead for our four grandchildren with all the chemicals in everything and the state of the planet? How can we convince politicians to respect and care for life, both in utero and after birth—especially for the poor? And oh, that sibling of mine, a few friends and neighbors who believe all those conspiracy theories! How can we find our way to work together to build a better, safer, more just world? Oh, and I twisted my ankle again and am having a hard time walking.

What do we do with these “groanings,” these inner longings, hopes, and cries stirring inside us? Saint Paul assures us today that in difficult times and amidst all the complexity of life, the Spirit will help us in our “weakness” and intercede for us with “inexpressible groanings.” For God knows what is in our hearts, and the Spirit can help us “pray as we ought.”

Father Peter Julian Eymard wrote to the young Stephanie Gourd, “Go to the Lord very simply . . . Tell the good Lord what you are thinking, what you want, what is upsetting you. Oh! How happy we become when we discover this interior conversation with our Lord” (January 29, 1848).

So, what’s in your heart today? Let us pray for one another that we will find a path, an inner clarity, the wisdom to sort through all the complex things on our mind this day. And in that interior conversation with God, may we each find within our sphere of influence a loving response.

Let Us Pray:

I pray that I may be your servant. I pray that I may be Christ to you. I pray that I might have the grace to let you be a servant to me, too. (Based on a song by Richard Gillard)


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About Jim Brown

Jim Brown is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament. He is the former Director of the Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (CEE) and has worked in a professional capacity for over 30 years with the Congregation. He and his wife live in Cincinnati Ohio.