Prayer Pledge 2017: Day 18

Last year during the Prayer Pledge, many BIS writers shared personal stories of their own prayer life. Colleen Mitchell wrote a moving reflection about her relationship with Franciscan spirituality.

One section spoke to me today in particular:

“And I feel like I have been in a dark room and suddenly stepped into the sun. It feels good and warm, but it hurts my eyes, and I am squinting in the glare.

And then I am bowing my head and accepting forgiveness for the things I said that were not really the thing at all and trying to breathe through to the other side of the fact that He is right, and He is waiting, and I won’t get off of this one easily.”

Revisit Colleen’s post today and reflect on words that may speak to you, as well.

Comment below with your thoughts:

Where can you seek humility in your life? Are you putting your guard up in your prayer? How can you seek Him honestly?

or, simply answer:

Did you pray today?

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    Sarah J.
    January 18, 2017 at 7:28 am

    I prayed the Litany of Humility by Cardinal Merry de Val (1865-1930) almost every day last year because I was having some issues with relatives that I couldn’t resolve but had to accept. It was very helpful. I feel that I get along better with the particular relatives now.

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    Megan Cahill-Assenza
    January 19, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Days I happen to be having a tough time with my brokenness and long for healing, I tend to hate myself, encompassing my weaknesses, lack of self reassurance and confidence, as my whole-self. When I feel this way, this is where I can seek humility in my life… to stop comparing myself to others, to stop being so demanding or hard on myself of the way I should be or what I should be able to do.

    I do not put a guard up in my prayer to Him and I am nothing but honest with God. I run to Him when I feel this way. I open up my heart to Him, as my tears wash away and unlock the protective guard I put up for myself to suppress what I am truly feeling and avoid feeling ashamed for how badly or hurt I feel.

    “Strengthen me where I am weak.” I pray…I pray to God. “Help me to continue to become closer to You… deepen my faith in You…In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.”

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