“In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words…” —Romans 8:26
Sometimes, we can be overwhelmed by external circumstances, and fail to gather the shattered pieces of who we once thought we were. Understandably, faith relents to frustration and hope to despair. We can find ourselves feeling oppressed by forces beyond our control. In his letter to the Romans, St. Paul asserts that in moments like this, the Spirit enters into our struggles and heartaches, and where there are no words to express ourselves before God, the Spirit makes possible what is not—the Spirit of God prays in us and grasps the very heartaches and hopes that are breaking out from our depths.
In our struggle for peace and justice, sometimes we are met with tremendous…
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