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Monday, August 26, 2013

Do you pray for others or just for your own concerns? - Daily Bible Reflections August 26,2013

PRAYING FOR OTHERS

 
We give thanks to God always for all of you, remembering you in our prayers. – 1 Thessalonians 1:2
 
I learned a very creative and fulfilling way to pray the rosary from Bo Sanchez. For each bead, you mention the name of a loved one or a specific intention that you can imagine in your head while praying. So for that particular bead, you picture the person you’re praying for. It gives a lot more meaning to the repetitive Hail Marys.
       I tried applying this once when I prayed the rosary with a friend. We each mentioned the name of a loved one with every other bead. By the time we reached the fifth decade, we were mentioning whole families and groups because we were running out of beads! We realized we had so many people to pray for that there weren’t enough Hail Marys to lift all of them up.
       Praying for others is a concrete way of loving them. This exercise helped me to feel their concerns and journey with them. It also made me forget myself for a while and be focused on the needs of others.George Tolentino Gabriel (george.svp@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: Do you pray for others or just for your own concerns?
 
Lord, I lift up to You the intention of my loved one right now: (mention their name and their intention).
 
St. Joseph Calasanz, pray for us.

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