Gratitude. I am grateful that things are falling into place and I can gradually shift my focus into doing other more important things. With constant prayer and trust, things will be alright in the end, sometimes exceeding our expectations. I only hope to keep my motivation levels up and continue pushing onwards even when the going gets tough.
The gospel begins by saying, “Jesus said to his disciples: “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother. If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, so that ‘every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses.’
If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church. If he refuses to listen even to the church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector. Amen, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again, amen, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered together in my name,there am I in the midst of them (Matthew 18:15-20).”
We all have experienced difficulties in talking to others, and most times it is to bring our points across to them. Sometimes, they are stubborn and our good intentions fall onto deaf ears. Listening is just as important as speaking because it takes a considerable effort to take a step back and evaluate the situation before formulating a response.
Having a community of people can make engaging someone alot more easier or make the situation worse especially in conflict resolution. However, we must know that not all things can be resolved by us and that we need to lift up our requests in prayers and that it might take time.
It can be easier for some to pray together and that is why we have many different communities in church that prays together. This being the month of Our Lady of Fatima comes to us, may we continue to ask for Her intercession and to prompt us when we fall behind in our prayer life. Prayer has got me through the lightest and more so the darkest moments in life in offering me glimmers of hope, and so it is like my lifeline. More so, it is open 24 hours and at anytime.
Just yesterday during my morning commute on the train, I saw a man saying the rosary and it reminded me of the need to pray in walking closer to Jesus. Also, perhaps to pray for less train faults and smoother commuting to work helps too! Even though if our prayers might not be answered immediately, we must not lose hope. Sometimes, in waiting, we discover virtues such as patience, finding our true self and inner peace. It gives us time to reflect and perhaps focus on the deeper meaning of prayer.
For the times our Blessed Mother has answered our prayer intentions and for those intentions that are being lifted up, may we continue to support each other by praying for one another. It is important that we not only pray for ourselves, but for the larger community. For when we open our hearts and have the capacity to pray for and with others, we will then see the presence of Jesus and how the Spirit is moving through us and around us.
God bless! Remember that Jesus loves you!
Prayer to Our Lady Help of Christians
“Most Holy Virgin Mary, Help of Christian,
how sweet it is to come to your feet
imploring your perpetual help.
If earthly mothers cease not to remember their children,
how can you, the most loving of all mothers forget me?
Grant then to me, I implore you,
your perpetual help in all my necessities,
in every sorrow, and especially in all my temptations.
I ask for your unceasing help for all who are now suffering.
Help the weak, cure the sick, convert sinners.
Grant through your intercessions many vocations to the religious life.
Obtain for us, O Mary, Help of Christians,
that having invoked you on earth we may love and eternally thank you in heaven.”
Written By: Darren Chan Keng Leong