Question of the Day for Wednesday, May 29, 2013
“Teach Us to Pray”
Q. My daily prayers are always a combination of a recited prayer and then very plain conversation with Our Lord. I try to thank Him for the numerous blessings I have in my life, and often I pray for the deceased, especially my brother who passed away 18 years ago. I know that we are always supposed to pray for the deceased, but I have a hard time finding the words in plain language. I don’t know what to ask for in the name of my brother. That he’s in the right place by now? That he is closer to Jesus? That he has found eternal peace? What specific words would you use in a prayer to Our Lord about a beloved member of your family who has died?
B.M., Jeffersonville, N.Y.
A. Here is a reply from Father Francis Hoffman, J.C.D.:
Your question reminds me of the time when the disciples approached Jesus and one of them asked Him, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Lk 11:1). That’s when He taught them the Our Father.
From the description of your daily prayer ritual, it sounds like you are well on your way to being a good pray-er. I especially like the part of your daily “litany of thanksgiving” and your prayers for the dead. The Church always remembers the dead at Mass, and often at other times, too.
Read the rest of the answer at Our Sunday Visitor: http://www.osv.com/TCANav/TCAQuestionoftheDay/May27312013/tabid/8714/Default.aspx