Groan Before God

Father Bob’s homily last Sunday…

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16th Sunday in Ordinary Time A
“We do not know how to pray as we ought.” St. Paul’s simple conclusion in his letter to the Romans certainly applies to me and to some degree I imagine it applies to everyone here. I know I fail and I really try to pray as I ought. But I think this brilliant passage in Romans underlines my greatest weakness. I am fine when I can articulate to God what I need, or for whom I am praying or how I need to change my life. But I am less comfortable when articulation escapes me. When I have no words for the pain I do not understand or the destination I am unsure of. What I cannot articulate is left unprayed, probably to my secret relief.
Yet, that is the part of me that likely need the most healing. The most broken part, the…

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