Many Hearts Have Need of Prayer

In this beautiful prayer composed by St. Maximilian Kolbe, he meditates on the unknown prayers that have lifted the burdens of the bewildered, the hurt and the distressed. On this Feast of the Presentation of Mary, let us give thanks for the cloistered and monastic religious for their selfless prayers.

One nun said to me, “It is rare that we hear how are prayers have borne fruit.” Perhaps this day, thank a religious for their prayers for you, for our priests, for those who have no one to pray for them.


Clear Creek Abbey
Clear Creek Abbey
The day was long, 
The burden I had borne
Seemed heavier than I could longer bear
And then it lifted-but I did not know
Some one had knelt in prayer;
Had taken me to God that very hour,
And asked the easing of the load, and He,
In infinite compassion, had stooped down
And taken it from me.
We cannot tell how often as we pray
For some bewildered one, 
Hurt and distressed,
The answer comes, 
But many times those hearts 
Find sudden peace and rest.
Some one had prayed, and Faith, a reaching hand,
Took hold of God, and brought Him down that day!
So many, many hearts have need of prayer.
Oh, let us pray!














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