Prayer of the Day

Feast of Blessed Dominic Collins

October 31st, 2014
""I thank my God whenever I think of you and every time I pray for all of you I pray with joy."" Philippians 1 : 3

To-day at Mass we begin reading the letter of St. Paul to his favourite Church at Philippi.   We’re told that Paul was under arrest when he wrote this letter but in spite of that,  joy is one of it’s chief characteristics.  Paul himself had preached the Gospel to these people and this letter is meant to encourage them and affirm them in their faith in Christ Jesus.  It’s obvious from the letter that Paul is a man of prayer,  that he holds all these Christians in his heart and brings them daily before the Lord in prayer.  His prayer is that they will grow in their love for Christ and for one another.

In his Apostolic Exhortation,  the Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis speaks about the missionary power of intercessory prayer (281, 283).  He takes St. Paul as a good example of this and quotes from this letter to the Philippians and other letters which show that Paul’s prayer was full of people.  He constantly thanked God for all He was doing in their lives and prayed for them to become more Christ like.   Pope Francis says that evangelisers who pray for others will touch God’s heart and be guided in their ministry to others.  “What our intercession achieves is that God’s power, his love and his faithfulness,  are shown ever more clearly in the midst of the people.” (283)

Prayer "Mary, Star of the new evangelisation, help us to bear radiant witness to communion service, ardent and generous faith, justice and love of the poor, that the joy of the Gospel may reach to the ends of the earth." (Pope Francis - Joy of the Gospel 288) Amen