I have in the past written, when writing about miracles, that it we don’t pray for miracles, we won’t receive them. Praying does not compel God to grant them, but praying prepares us to accept all that God grants and does not grant.
But God also works miracles. He pours out extraordinary, undeserved graces.
My friend Msgr. Charles Pope penned a thoughtful and also heartfelt reaction to the Synod, the antics in and around in, and its closing document, to which I subscribe. He contextualized it against the background of those things Francis has been rumored to have said, things hardly to be believed about the divinity of Christ and the annihilation of the souls of sinners rather than damnation.
Msgr. Pope recognizes, as so many do, that these are times of unprecedented uncertainty and disorder, and much of that disorder is coming from the top. Ex capite.
Finally, as I have done in some of my posts, Msgr. Pope prays. He prays for a ostensibly miraculous Humanae vitae moment. In 1968 who thought that Pope Paul would remain strong and true, and not give in to the spirit of the times. And this of those times! 1968. If 1968 was bad, 2019 is worse. Who believes that Francis will be strong and true in support of and in defense of tradition in wake of this Synod (“walking together”)?
We pray for many things. Sometimes we promise prayers. Sometimes we fulfill those promises. Sometimes we pray in passing. Sometimes we pray in earnest.
How will you now pray?
Now pray as you have never prayed before. Pray often, intensely, with purpose.
This is what Msgr. Pope says:
Let us pray: Help us, Lord. Save us and have mercy on us, and draw us back from the brink. We acknowledge our sins Lord and that all of us have fallen short of the glory and holiness to which you have summoned us. But now, on the edge of a precipice, we pray for a miracle — indeed, Lord, one that will stun the world. Guide the Holy Father, who now writes an apostolic exhortation, and may his thoughts be directed only to you and the precious faith you have revealed. Lord, we are poor and needy — whom do we have but you, O Lord? To whom else can we turn? In these times of deep confusion and division we ask a miracle, Lord — yes, a miracle.
Mother Mary, intercede for us. Amen.