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 core 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.” Thus “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.

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Her knees firmly planted on the ground, baby snugly tucked in, crucifix clenched close enough for a kiss, this prayer is, perhaps, her last plea for salvation. This bronze sculpture of a nameless woman with a ghastly appearance was the centerpiece during a Holy Hour Sept. 27 for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees at the Villa de Matel Chapel. Led by Sr. Mary McHale, we remembered our countless brothers and sisters who cry for our help as they search for a home. In solidarity, we fervently joined them in prayer.

Globally, a record high of about 80 million people, mostly women and children, are forcibly displaced because of persecution, conflict, climate change, violence and human rights violations. Under the sculpture is the caption: “This was given to the Sisters at St. Edward’s, Cameron, by a patient who could not pay his bill.” Many of us are all too familiar with the plight of the poor and uninsured. Like the story of the widow’s mite in the gospel of Mark, this patient gave from their poverty, parting with what they lacked to show thanks. In return, we pray unceasingly for all the people we meet throughout all of our ministries.

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