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Prayer is a Gift from and Work of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit depicted as a dove, surrounded...

In, today’s audience on Christian Prayer, Pope Benedict moves from the Acts of the Apostles to the letters of St. Paul.  It is a very beautiful reflection on the role of the Holy Spirit in our prayer life and a nice reassurance that it all does not depend on us.  Prayer is less about what we do and more about what the Holy Spirit does.  Here is the excerpt from the Vatican website:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In our catechesis on Christian prayer, we now turn to the teaching of the Apostle Paul. Saint Paul’s letters show us the rich variety of his own prayer, which embraces thanksgiving, praise, petition and intercession.For Paul, prayer is above all the work of the Holy Spirit within our hearts, the fruit of God’s presence within us. The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness, teaching us to pray to the Father through the Son. In the eighth chapter of the Letter to the Romans, Paul tells us that the Spirit intercedes for us, unites us to Christ and enables us to call God our Father. In our prayer, the Holy Spirit grants us the glorious freedom of the children of God, the hope and strength to remain faithful to the Lord amid our daily trials and tribulations, and a heart attentive to the working of God’s grace in others and in the world around us. With Saint Paul, let us open our hearts to the presence of the Holy Spirit, who prays with us and leads us to an ever deeper union in love with the Triune God.

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Though the full text will not be on the Vatican website for another week, I just discovered that the Vatican Radio website posts their own translation rather quickly.  So head on over there to read the whole thing.

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