The Poor Man’s Prayer

Four Jesuit priests who were just eight blocks from the center of the blast when the nuclear bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 survived with no long-term damage. They had been praying the rosary daily.

DISCLAIMER:  I don’t care who prays for me.

In Revelation 3, Jesus promises,  “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. ”

Jesus is knocking but we have to undo the latch.  Christian’s invite Jesus in for lunch every day.  We practice His presence.

However, in Revelation 4-5, Jesus invites us to undo the latch to His family.   One nanosecond experiencing heaven’s worship confirms there is a world of a difference between honoring Jesus’ family and worshipping Jesus.  Jesus invites us to practice the presence of His many family members.

A good place to begin is Mary.

Jesus’ mother Mary knows Jesus better than anyone.   In my experience, Mary is like your own mother times 1000.

While Jesus taught His followers, the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus’ mom asks us to say the rosary.Like the Lord’s Prayer, it’s repetitive, but aren’t all my “free form” prayers repetitive?

Gretchen Crowe believes “Love is expressed in few words, always the same, and constantly repeated.”   She believes praying the rosary in an age of constant noise, sickness and worry are one of the best solutions (see her excellent book, “Why the Rosary, Why Now?”, March 2017, Our Sunday Visitor. Kindle Edition).

For me, praying the rosary is a great way to discover God’s ways and paths (cf. Psalm 25).  It’s how I become like Jesus, a servant obedient to God on my way to the cross ( cf. Philippians 2).  Or to state it another way, “It’s how I shed my Pharisaic clothes and learn the way of righteousness” (cf. Matthew 21: 28-32).





Author: gbradepp

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