One of the things I have noticed with my brothers and sisters is that we tend to gossip under the guise of prayer. I’ve heard people say things like, “Pray for jane because John lost his job.” sounds like a nice sentiment but maybe Jane and John don’t want the entire parish to know that. Perhaps they confided in one or two people that don’t need to share with everyone that they have fallen on hard times. I’ve also seen people hold information over another’s head. Someone said they were going on a retreat but the rumor that went around certain circles in our parish was that this person had a medical procedure. Whatever the case may be, if that person wanted their business known, they would have put it in the bulletin.
Some of us think we have to know all the details of a situation to pray for someone. This isn’t the case! When we don’t know what is going on but we know something isn’t right, we can pray for their intentions. I do this all the time in Mass. I like to watch my brothers and sisters receive Holy Communion and some people look defeated. I praise God that they have come to him for help rather than the horrible alternatives the world offers>. I obviously don’t know the details of what is going on in that person’s life. Jesus knows what is going on in that person’s life so I can pray for whatever they are praying for and that His will be done in their life. This helps me to love my brothers and sisters without falling into the temptation of gossip.
Tip: Pray, “Lord my brother or sister is in need of your grace. I ask that you please listen to their prayers and answer them in accord with your will. I pray that you shine your mercy and grace upon them as they travel this difficult path. Thank you for your blessings. Amen.”
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