While Fr Aidan is away, he has left us with the following from Pope Francis’ Little Book of Wisdom:
I ask you all…..but reply in the silence of your heart, not aloud: Do I pray? Do I speak with Jesus, or am I frightened of silence? Do I allow the Holy Spirit to speak in my heart? Do I ask Jesus: “What do you want me to do, what do you want from my life?” This is training. Ask Jesus, speak to Jesus, and if you make a mistake in your life, if you should fall, if you should do something wrong, don’t be afraid. Jesus, look at what I have done, what must I now do? Speak continually with Jesus, in the good times and in the bad, when you do right and when you do wrong. Do not fear Him! This is prayer.
To pray is to insist to the point of annoyance but also with an unshakeable certainty. Jesus feels our need when we pray and also feels that we are certain of His help.
Miracles happen. But prayer is needed! Prayer that is courageous, struggling, and persevering, not prayer that is a mere formality.