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Friday, February 22, 2008

Lord, Hear the Cry of the Poor!

"In the Evening of life, we shall be judged on love."
Saint John of the Cross

“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”

1 Timothy 6:17-19

Many are the needs of all the poor around us - from office cubicles to alleys; but so few laborers will climb Calvary with them to help carry their cross. Great is the generosity of God who makes of our hands His hands, if we would only respond ...

For those who go to bed hungry,
- that they may be fed by those who have more food than they need.
Lord, hear the cry of the poor!

For those who suffer the diseases of all kinds of poverty,
- that they may find help from those who have diseases of affluence.
Lord, hear the cry of the poor!

For those who are neglected and ignored by family and friends.
- that at they may find a home in those who are loved.
Lord, hear the cry of the poor!

For those who have died, forgotten and abandoned,
- that they may find eternal care in the family of God.
Lord, hear the cry of the poor!


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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I read your posting [see Coming Soon ... Monday Morning Prayer Request Blog] and it has some very good ideas in it. I think you may get more obvious signs than most people. I do get signs, I pray for signs. Every once in awhile I recognize that I've gotten one. But you are absolutely right that there is no reason God wouldn't tell you himself to let something go and move on.

I can't imagine the list that priests, ministers, sisters, etc have to pray through. I would hope that the fact that they are priests with a slightly more direct line to God kind of cancels out the fact that it's a list. Or, like you said, pray for 'the sick'. I guess if the list is that long, it is fair to do that. We do it in church every week at the prayers of the faithful so I guess if it's good enough for mass, it's good enough for me.

Your other point is the strongest for me, just trusting that God heard you and took care of it the way he thinks is best. I trust that God can do anything, change anything. I trust that he's listening. I don't trust that I kept up my end of it, though. I don't trust that I prayed enough or the right way. If you did it right, once would be enough. But who doesn't tap the rock a second time? Like Moses. If he doubted he was getting it right, why wouldn't I? Ileana