These words are taken from our web page on Augustinian Spirituality which contains even more information about prayer and how St. Augustine has influenced our lives with his understanding of prayer. In the first book of his Confessions, he begins praying in a style that was uniquely his, recognizing God’s power in his life and how that power has changed him forever.
“Great are you, O Lord and worthy of praise; how limitless is your power, how immeasurable your wisdom! You have so made us that we long for you, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you”
—St. Augustine--Confessions Book I
As we continue to move forward during Lent as a community of faith we must continue to minister to one another through prayer and good works. The question for this week calls upon all of us to ask those whom we know and love but also those who might be strangers among us, how can I pray for you this week? This question may seem odd at first but it gives the person whom you ask the opportunity to share with you a need or want that you can place before God even they, themselves, are unable to do so.
Prayer is essential to our Lenten journey. It can often take the form of public prayer or private prayer. It should always provide us with the opportunity to dialogue with God but that dialogue does not always need to contain words. Prayer can be as simple as sitting quietly with the Lord remembering all of those we know and love but also those who have no one to pray for them. What better way could we continue our Lenten journey than to include in our daily prayer, those in our lives and in our world that need someone to pray for them.
If this is going to be a Lent to remember, remember to ask someone each day this week and beyond—How can I pray for you today?
Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy. Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy. Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen.
St. Augustine’s Prayer to the Holy Spirit