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Wednesday, October 31, 2007
The Spirit comes to our aid
Today's reading from Romans tells us that the Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings. This is always consoling for who among us is really content with the way we pray? The fact is that we are not the ones who are able to pray, but the Spirit prays in us. And the reading continues to tell us that the one who searches hearts knows what is the intention of the Spirit, because he intercedes for the holy ones according to God's will.
Margaret Silf, in Inner Compass says that "prayer is the very essence of our being. When we are at prayer, we are most truly who we are...When we pray, we move inward to our God center."
Sometimes I end my morning hour of prayer and wonder if it indeed was prayer! I just know that I need to spend time with God every morning; it is consoling to think that the Spirit prays in me. And, as Romans also tells us: "We know that all things work for good for those who love God."
Hello, my name is Helen Rosenthal, RSCJ. Those initials stand for Religious of the Sacred Heart in Latin, French, Italian, and Spanish. Since my religious congregation began in France in 1800 and now is all over the world, we have kept the RSCJ. By now you know that I am not only known as Dr. Helen Rosenthal, but also as Sister Helen Rosenthal.
I am the oldest of four children. We were all born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. We lived in a big house with a playroom on the third floor. On Sundays we either went to my paternal grandmother's house where her six children would gather faithfully for supper or we would have my mother's father and our great aunt and uncle for a roast beef dinner at home. In summer, I would go to the lake with my Dad and I still love to swim.