We are a Spiritual Apostolate

How our Spiritual Support Began

In the early nineties when I was inspired to leave the seminary and begin to work on the Guild, I became broken hearted. I began to write letters to all of the religious communities I could find in the Catholic Directory.  During the next twelve months, I contacted over 500 hundred religious communities in the United States and abroad to ask for their spiritual support. This was the beginning of our support prayer network.

What is Spiritual Support?

What do you when you are concerned about someone? Simply put, you have a conversation and express your concerns. The same can be said about prayer. Prayer is a LOVE conversation. By raising our hearts and minds to God, we enter into the Love conversation of the Trinity. We express our concerns about the other to God. God’s response to us is His LOVE turned to us and to the other in the form of Grace and Strength which happens in whatever way God deems best.

Why Pray?  Jesus tell us

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matt 7:7)

Remember the words of St. Teresa of Avila: "Let nothing trouble you. Let nothing frighten you. Everything passes. God never changes. Patience obtains all. Whoever has God, wants for nothing. God alone is enough" Collected writings of St. Teresa of Avila

Jesus tells us to be persistent when we pray.  And we know that there are many types of prayer.

Prayers of petition (asking for something of God) and Prayers of intercession (praying for someone or something) are the most common. The religious are those people who spend much of their life dedicated to prayer. In fact, hundreds of religious communities have personally written to us with a promise of their prayers. A short list of some of them appears at the bottom of this page.

Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel speaks about praying and asking God:

Give thanks to the Lord, Sing to Him, Sing His Praise Proclaim all his wondrous deeds. Glory in His Holy Name. Rejoice of hearts that seek the Lord. (Psalm 105)

Prayers of Praise and Thanksgiving are a second form of prayer. We should ask ourselves if we are grateful for all of the things God has done for us.  “Let us rejoice and be glad.” (Psalm 118:24) Reading the psalms are a good way to offer thanks to God.

Fr. Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R. has some great words for us:

“Come,” says my heart, “seek his face”; your face, Lord do I seek.” (Psalm 27:8)

Contemplation and Adoration are the highest forms of prayer. St. Benedict Joseph Labre lived a life of contemplation.  “The Fire Within” by Fr. Thomas Dubay as well as some of St. Teresa of Avila’s writings grasp fuller understandings. Simply put, holding God in our heart and being present with him in our daily life is what contemplation is all about.  From a holy conversation with a priest:

“So, what is contemplative prayer?  "Contemplation is a gaze of faith, fixed on Jesus" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2715).  Contemplation is the prayer of the heart and not of the mind.  Contemplative prayer may focus on a word or a saying or one may simply be in the presence of God.   It is the prayer of the listening heart.  The goal of contemplative prayer is to enter into the presence of God where there are no words, concepts or images.  It is the prayer of being in love.” The Happy Priest: Cultivating the Gift of Contemplative Prayer- Fr. James Farfaglia 2010
Contemplative Prayer and St. Benedict Joseph Labre- Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel.

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