We sometimes forget or even struggle to believe in the power of intercessory prayer, of the privilege we have of offering one another, of offering our world to God. God is always moved by our hope for others and God always responds. The response may not be what we envision for it is always one of divine love. The ways of divine love, however, surpass us: “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways.” (Isaiah 55:9)
Speaking of divine love, allow me to appeal to one of our forbears in the Faith: Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo (modern-day Algeria) from 396 to 430, when he died from a fever. He is a preeminent Doctor of the Church. And he is, by the way, the patron saint of brewers, printers, and theologians. this simple affirmation, whose expression is attributed to him says it all. St. Augustine journeys with us, that we might discover this truth more and more: To fall in love with God is the greatest of all romances.
We just be careful, of course, how we understand “romance.” It is not the emotional “in-burst” of infatuation or of a passionate love affair. This love rises from the quiet depth of the heart.
When we intercede, we can be sure that those for whom we pray “fall in love” with God. We nudge them, without their knowledge, into the Embrace for which they and we all long. Let us pray for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, for the victims of terrorism and famine in our world, for restraint in North Korea, for continued healing after the incidents in Charlottesville, for our prarish, and for all our loved ones.
Yours in divine love,