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Prayer through Intercession

Allie Reis

Nature of Prayer

Prayer is incredibly essential in the spiritual life, as it helps perfect the soul and give God the honor and glory He deserves. St. Ignatius of Loyola had a burning love for prayer, and says, “We must speak to God as a friend speaks to his friend, servant to his master; now asking some favor, now acknowledging our faults, and communicating to Him all that concerns us, our thoughts, our fears, our projects, our desires, and in all things seeking His counsel.” Prayer reminds us why we were put on this earth, and makes God seem closer to our hearts, rather than a distant Creator. But because we are human and are so weak, it can often feel like our prayers are not strong enough to obtain from God what we seek.  

We pray Rosary after Rosary, worrying that everything we do will never be enough. But if God is our heavenly Father, would He not help us even with prayer? “Our Lord loves you and loves you tenderly; and if He does not let you feel the sweetness of His love, it is to make you more humble and abject in your own eyes," St. Padre Pio reminds us. God understands the hardships of life that we are going through far more than even we do! If He understands all this, would He not understand our want for perfection in our prayers? God fully knows all our desires, and if we desire perfection, He will give us all the means we need to attain it. He has set up ways of intercession for us when we pray, through His angels, His saints, and even Himself. 

Remember the Holy Angels 

Firstly, prayer can be purified and perfected if we call upon the Holy Angels to help us. We can entrust our intentions to them, who have never sinned, and be confident of their power when they lovingly present them to God. Their tender eyes can implore the Almighty to help us in all the ways we need. The Angels are incredibly eager to help us, so it is a shame we often forget about them in our busy world! 

St. John Bosco was very devoted to the Angels and told us, “When tempted, invoke your Angel. He is more eager to help you than you are to be helped! Ignore the devil and do not be afraid of him: he trembles and flees at the sight of your Guardian Angel.” How much more will God, Who already burns with the desire to assist us, have compassion for our souls when He sees them being carried in the arms of the angels to Him?  

Call Upon the Saints 

We can then call upon the intercession of the Saints. They know very well our struggles since they lived with them, as well. They desire just as much as the Angels to take our prayers to the heavenly throne of Christ. How many friends we have in Heaven that can help purify our prayers! We can also grow in our devotion towards them, depending on what we are asking for. For example, we can strengthen our devotion to St. Joseph if we ask him to help us with our courtship, or St. Philomena with purity. God gives us so many ways to help us perfect our souls. All we need to do is ask, seek, and knock! Oftentimes we feel alone on this earth, unable to attain the perfection we seek. Yet we have so many friends constantly waiting for us to lift up our eyes to them so that they may help us. Let us also never forget the greatest of saints, Our Blessed Mother, Who also waits lovingly for us to call upon Her. 

The means of perfecting our prayers is endless, there is no need to ever worry that our prayers are not enough.

Our Supreme Advocate

Finally, Our Lord Jesus Christ came down from Heaven to be our supreme Advocate with His heavenly Father. He shed His Blood, suffered through the worst torments, and emotionally drained Himself to the point where on the Cross He asked God the Father why He had abandoned Him. He did all this to save us, but also because He never wanted us to say that He didn’t know what it felt like to suffer. And in stepping into our shoes in the most loving and self-sacrificing of ways, He merited all we need to be perfect. 

Let us then do all we can to place our intentions in the hands of our loving Savior, through the intercession of His Blessed Mother and the angels and saints, and stop worrying so much about the impossibility of being perfect. Perfection is not attained in a day, but by God’s grace can be attained in a lifetime on earth for an eternity in Heaven. 

Aids for Prayer 

Below are two prayers that can help us begin asking for intercession from Heaven. It is as simple as a couple sentences to ask for great assistance from above:  

“Almighty Father, I place the Precious Blood of Jesus before my lips before I pray, that my prayers may be purified before they ascend to Thy divine altar.”  

“O Blessed Archangel Gabriel, we beseech thee, do thou intercede for us at the throne of Divine Mercy in our present necessities, that as thou didst announce to Mary the mystery of the Incarnation, so through thy prayers and patronage in Heaven we may obtain the benefits of the same, and sing the praise of God forever in the land of the living. Amen.” 

God cares for us continuously, and never wants to make it impossible for us to reach sanctity. The devil often tries to persuade us that the will of God is too difficult to follow, since we are so weak. But what are temptations and weaknesses to an army of saints and angels, as well as Our Lady Herself standing in the front victoriously? All things are possible with God (see Matt. 19:26, Mark 10:27). He simply asks that we try.

Advent: A Time for Peaceful Contemplation

Allie Reis

In the Old Testament, the Jews waited hundreds of years for the coming of the Messiah. They watched, prayed, and hoped that one day the promised Savior would come to the earth. I am sure at times, with all the trials they faced, the years could not go fast enough and His arrival seemed it would never be a reality. They went through an immense amount of suffering and tribulation, and finally, when the time was right, our Blessed Lord came down from Heaven and was born in a manger.

Advent is now upon us, the time during which we prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ, just as the people of the Old Testament did. Yet unlike the Jews, who did not know Our Lord, we know Him! We know Him in all His miracles, in His Resurrection from the dead, and in all the proofs we need to be convinced that He is truly the Lord. 

The Jews who were awaiting the Messiah had none of this. All they had was hope and anticipation for Our Lord. They clung to the prophecies of His coming, but could hardly imagine the immensity of good He would bring through His life. We not only have proofs, but Jesus Himself dwells within our tabernacles waiting for us! If the Jews could see into the future, I’m certain they would be shocked. When God came down to meet His people in the Old Testament, only the High Priest was allowed to go into the Holy of Holies to see Him. God wanted to prove after His coming in the flesh how merciful He is. His Sacred Heart burns with the desire to make His presence and grace available to all who seek it. Let us then remember a few simple points to help us keep the spirit of Advent:

The Old Testament was a time of justice and order. After the fall of Adam, God wanted to show the human race that through His will, all good things would flow therefrom. Men were hard in their ways and God had to use His justice in order to help men return to Him. Yet in the New Testament, when our great God came down to earth as an innocent Baby, He wanted nothing more than to embrace tenderly the human race, in order to show His infinite love and mercy.
In our modern times, He rests in our tabernacles, sits in the confessional, and looks down from Heaven waiting for our gaze to fall upon Him. Yet because our world can be so distracting and noisy, and God is so forgiving, we can often forget all these amazing realities. Life becomes tedious and boring, and we forget we are under the gaze of a God Who is far more beautiful and wondrous than we could ever imagine! Do not let the world convince you God is not present, but remind yourself every day that He is watching. He watches, not in wrath and anger, but with a love we will only be able to comprehend in Heaven.

Let us do our best to make our Morning Offering, say our prayers through the day, and try our best to stay in the presence of God. It may seem like a chore at first, but when we realize all we are doing is staying in the presence of our dear Father and best Friend, our perspective will change. Advent is a time for preparation for the Messiah, for the coming of Our Lord Who can heal any ailment and forgive any sin. Bring all your troubles to the crib of the Infant Jesus, for He is fully capable of granting you all that you need.

Penance is good, but is never the focus, or an end in itself. The focus is always God, and the greater good He can pull from what we give Him. Let us pray during Advent for the grace of joy, so that the Devil cannot overwhelm us with discouragement or pride because of the magnitude of suffering we put ourselves through. Our true end is joy, and the message of Advent is the coming of this joy! Let us do all things with a spirit of peace and happiness, just as God intended.

As Advent begins, we still have time to examine our souls, dust away any traces of worry and discouragement, and look towards the hope of Christmas. The hope of Christmas brings grace and consolation, and will later on bring the sheer joy of the Resurrection and triumph of Our Lord and the Catholic Church.