GeE 114: Prayer Is an Anchor

See the source imageI don’t know about you, but I see myself in this when my levels of anxiety begin to rise:

114. We need to recognize and combat our aggressive and selfish inclinations, and not let them take root. “Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger” (Ephesians 4:26). When we feel overwhelmed, we can always cling to the anchor of prayer, which puts us back in God’s hands and the source of our peace. “Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts…” (Philippians 4:6-7).

The Scriptures cited here are the apostle’s good advice for dealing with troubles. In the case of the believers of Ephesus, the concern is about backsliding into old behaviors. On one level, we know what is right: don’t take anger out on other people. But in the moment of passion, it is difficult. Aiming prayer to be a constant in our life: maybe this will help.

You can check the full document Gaudete et Exsultate on the Vatican website.


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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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