St. Paul shares this deep wisdom in his letter to the Philippians (4: 6 – 9), “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
We want to believe and yet so often we take someone of something to prayer in desperation as if it is the last attempt for a miracle to happen.
St. Paul invites us to discover the peace that comes from placing our cares and concerns and those of others in the arms of Jesus.
The Sisters of the Holy Redeemer are asked almost daily to pray for families and their loved ones who are undergoing illness, loss and grief, unemployment, addictions, and so much more. We could get overwhelmed by all the needs, but Jesus, Our Redeemer reminds us to bring all to him.
Peace is often the result of letting go of need for power or control.
Perhaps that is why when we place our needs into the arms of Jesus and let go of understanding, self-sufficiency, the need to do something – we experience the gift of peace.
As our Congregation looks to the Beatification of our Foundress Mother Alphonse Marie Eppinger, who placed all her trust in Jesus and knew the peace of prayer, we offer the following prayer for all those entrusted to our prayers. Please consider joining with us:
Lord, our God,
You gifted Mother Alphonse Marie with the grace of being powerfully attracted to the mystery of the Cross, even in her most tender years. In this mystery she perceived your merciful love for all your children.
You inspired her to found a Congregation to manifest that love through serving those who suffer in body or in spirit. Through the Eucharist you gave her the strength to participate in the work of the Redemption.
May we be transformed by the love of Christ the Redeemer, even as she was; and may our lives be a witness of your great love to all those we encounter.
Hear the prayers we present through her intercession . . .
and if it be your will, grant that we may soon venerate Mother Alphonse Marie among the Blessed. Amen.
May Peace be the fruit of your life as you bring your needs to Jesus this new week.