Some choose to pray late at night, while some early in the morning.
And some choose to keep vigil in the middle of the night. Each
in a hermitage follows their grace.
When we leave our beds to go to our places of prayer, we are leaving
one place of rest to go to another, where we hear echo in us the words of
the Lord in the Gospel, " Come to me all you who are weary and carry
heavy burdens, and I will give you rest."
We have to lift all up to God, all the prayer requests we have received, the needs of
the church, and the world. The prayer of night has its own
reality unfolding around us, and within us. Half the world is asleep in the
darkness, and half-awake in the light, but largely unaware of Jesus,
the true light of the world.
We are standing in the middle of all this in our spoken and sung prayers.
In all the secret prayers of our heart, as a bridge between a church and
world often in crisis, in one prayer, above all else is offered " Whatever is done
on earth today, may it be done in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."
In us, all of humanity lives. When we pray, all humanity prays and turns to God.
If we do not pray, the opposite happens. One hour of prayer in these live-giving
hours, and all humanity can be gathered in, and lifted up to God.
These life-giving prayers spread out from our hermitages to the four corners of the earth,
gathering all in. It knows not the physical boundaries of the distance of miles. And so,
two souls at the opposite ends of the world can be side by side.