"Pray without ceasing" was the advice of the Apostle Paul to the newly founded Christian community in Thessalonika, present day Greece. Paul was a realist who knew that ordinary people had neither the time nor inclination to devote long periods to contemplation. His meaning was: "Pray whenever you can. In short, hurried bursts, if necessary. But if you are to be followers of Christ, and coworkers in the saving of the world,
you must be men and women of prayer."
This was written by James Keller in a book titled "Prayers for today," Richard Armstrong's book published by the Paulist Press. Here's one of the wonderful prayers from this book. Have you ever felt this way?
Blessings and love, Fr. Jack.
PRAYER IN MOMENTS OF DESPAIR
God sometimes I want to give up stop dead in my tracks go off someplace and hide.
I get so tired and don't want to try any more. Where can I find the courage and strength to go on?
The hope that things will eventually get better isn't enough.
The thought that adversity builds character doesn't convince me.
The only thing that gives me any hope is the example of Your Son.
He didn't quit even though He faced death which he conquered in His resurrection.
May what He did teach me. May I find in His life the pattern according to which I can live mine.
And may I try-at least in a small way-to urge others to keep trying
even though they've come up against a dead end.