(1 Thessalonians 5:17)
During this pandemic, natural disasters, and violent times, the cry of the people and earth are overwhelming. Prayers are needed more than ever. The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston continue to pray for peace throughout the world and for healing, strength, and hope for all those who are suffering. This September, the Sisters were in communion and solidarity with the people during the worldwide UISG prayer service for Creation and World Day of Prayer for Migrants and Refugees, in addition to their daily prayers. We trust God’s love and mercy to help us through this together.
As we enter into October, the month of Rosary, we ask our Blessed Mother Mary to intercede for us. Together, let all of us unite in prayer. As Sr. Maureen Kossbiel, one of the Sisters in prayer ministry, shared from Fr. Rolheiser’s Lenten series that we must “listen to Christ’s heartbeat and then let the energy and strength we feel there flow out, through us, into the world.” (See below for Sharing). Each one of us, as Christians, is called to the ministry of prayer. Through prayer, as Sr. Maureen reminds us, we “bring consolation, healing, and strength to all our brothers and sisters in need.”
The Ministry of Prayer
By Sr. Maureen Kossbiel
Father Ron Rolheiser, OFM, in a 2006 Lenten series on “Mystical Images,” has given us a beautiful insight into the ministry of prayer. He assures us that the care of this ministry consists in “Listening to Christ’s Heartbeat.” This image is drawn from John 13: 23, 25 where the beloved disciple reclines on the breast of Jesus at the Last Supper. Fr. Rolheiser goes on to say, “Obviously this connotes a deep intimacy, but it’s also meant to convey something else. If you lean your ear on someone’s chest, you are able to hear that person’s heartbeat and that sound eventually begins to gently reverberate throughout your own body.” This “attune one heart to the other in such a way that energy and strength flow out.” We are all called “to put our heads on Christ’s breast, feel that intimacy, hear his heartbeat, be filled with the comfort of that, and then let the energy and strength we feel there flow out, through us, into the world.” So, the strength of this life is such that it is able to bring consolation, healing, and strength to all our brothers and sisters in need.