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May letter

Dear everyone,
Recently I shared in a vigil which took place from midnight to 3 o’clock in the morning.
A neighbour, curious to know more, asked, ‘what will you be remembering during that time?’
‘Praying for the world in all its need’ seemed to be the most appropriate answer.
A vigil of this kind is a tall order. We believe that ‘prayer changes things’ but our input is so small, it might even seem inconsequential in proportion to the vastness of human need.
Prayer in contemporary spirituality often has in mind ‘the art of the possible,’ and might go no further. This ‘art’ of ‘mindfulness’ and awareness of possibilities around us does have a very important role to play; but faith does require us to go further. Jesus in St Matthew’s Gospel says ‘Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible’.
He was obviously speaking figuratively, but nevertheless making a profound point. Faith and prayer go together; and there are times when we are called to look beyond ‘the art of the possible’ and pray to see greater things happening.
‘Praying for the world in all its need’ may often seem frustratingly complicated, but we are nevertheless to keep it at the centre of our prayers-seeking harmony amongst all peoples so that The Kingdom of justice and peace may come. This is surely something that all people of goodwill have in common.
May we give support to our leaders who seek solutions through diplomacy but may we pray for even deeper insights and compassion into the issues that need to be resolved, and live in the hope of their fulfilment.
Sincerely,David.

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