Lord, guide us with the wisdom of Your Holy Spirit. Enable us to enter ever more dearly into Your company, and to express our prayers unto You, our Creator, Your only begotten Son and our Savior, and Your Holy Spirit of infinite Divine Love, Mercy and Justice. Teach us the art and power of prayer. Lord, grant us the courage to fold together our two hands, and to ever so quietly within the very depths of our being, to most dearly lift up our prayers unto You via our heartfelt cries, groans and whispers. There in that moment of prayer our heart and Your Spirit join in union to express and hear the cries of all pray-ers. You even hear the prayers of those who intimately understand the heartfelt poverty of spirit. In the midst of such poverty, You Lord grant favor and greater compassion unto wounded lives, broken hearts and suffering minds. You grant us a solace and trust only You, dear Lord can extend unto another. We ask You, we beseech You, dear Lord, to ever more closely enter into our own lives, but also into all too many lives in which heartfelt peace is a stranger; at best a distant concept. Lord, we humbly lift up our hearts, minds, spirit and daily lives to You, our dear Lord. We do so at the behest and with encouragement from Your Holy Child, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For this we give thanks to You, O God! AMEN.
-Father Michael Briese