Sad, confused, happy or grateful? Why not pray about it?
Saint Theodora asked God for healings for friends and family and relief for the poor and troubled as well as direction in making critical decisions and forgiveness for her shortcomings. She prayed for patience, strength, and courage. She gave glory to God and thanks for everything. She brought it all before the Lord.
Sometimes it is difficult to pray, especially when we are sick or grieving. But there are countless ways to do so. When we pray, we are talking with God. This can be done with set words or freely from the heart. We can pray with music, art, or actions, read Scripture, or meditate in a prayer garden or special spot in our home. Assisting in a homeless shelter or food kitchen and singing in the church choir are other means of prayer.
When Jesus was asked how we should pray, he taught the Lord’s Prayer which can be found in the Gospels of Matthew (6:9-13) and Luke (11:1-4). This is the perfect prayer and the most important one to know and recite.
As a missionary, Saint Theodora’s whole life was in service, bringing the Word of God to a new world of people. She was particularly fond of praying before the Blessed Sacrament, attending Mass, and saying the rosary, novenas, the Way of the Cross, and prayers such as Veni Creator, Te Deum, and Ave Maris Stella.
People who knew Saint Theodora during her lifetime asked her to pray for them. They recognized her holiness and devout connection to the Lord. She also requested friends, saints, and angels to pray for her intentions. Her favorite saints to call on were the Virgin Mary, Anne, and Joseph.
The list of reasons to pray is as endless as the ways to do so. You can find many ideas, particularly when grieving, in my book, Grieving with Mary. The bottom line is to simply open your heart to the Lord. Do this and you will quickly see graces coming your way. God’s love and light will flow into you, making you a beacon for others to follow.
©Mary K. Doyle