“Do not be troubled if you do not immediately receive from God what you ask him; for he desires to do something even greater for you, while you cling to him in prayer.”
Evagrius Ponticus, De oratione 34:PG 79,1173 (ref. CCC 2737).
Many are distressed by the situation in Japan, and in a slowly growing way, beginning to worry if such a disaster may be only the first of many. There is growing fear and anxiety of the unknown. To one of my followers on Twitter, I shared:
“I think you share the concern of many who have been shocked by the happenings in Japan. But there is something stronger; more awesome than the power of nature that awaits us. The Lord’s love – this is His greatest power. And it waits for us. Let us trust in Him.”
For this reason, so we might place our hope anew in God, I am posting this candle, waiting for you to light it, and offer your concerns for whatever is on your heart. Clicking on the candle will direct you to gratefulness.org prayer page. Just follow the instructions, and take a moment in prayer.
Behold me, my beloved Jesus,
weighed down under the burden of my trials and sufferings,
I cast myself at Your feet,
that You may renew my strength and my courage,
while I rest here in Your Presence.
Permit me to lay down my cross in Your Sacred Heart,
for only Your infinite goodness can sustain me;
only Your love can help me bear my cross;
only Your powerful hand can lighten its weight.
O Divine King, Jesus,
whose heart is so compassionate to the afflicted,
I wish to live in You;
suffer and die in You.
During my life be to me my model and my support;
At the hour of my death,
be my hope and my refuge.
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