Praying The Word

Oratio is the loving response of faith to the Word as His message is received deeply in the interior of one's being. The Word is nourished and grows in the rich spiritual humus of humility which is cultivated in response to hearing and absorbing the Word.

"O God, you are my God-- for you I long! For you my body yearns; for you my soul thirsts, like a land parched, lifeless, and without water. So I look to you in the sanctuary to see your power and glory. For your love is better than life; my lips offer you worship! I will bless you as long as I live; I will lift up my hands, calling on your name. My soul shall savor the rich banquet of praise, with joyous lips my mouth shall honor you! When I think of you upon my bed, through the night watches I will recall that you indeed are my help, and in the shadow of your wings I shout for joy. My soul clings fast to you; your right hand upholds me." (4)

"And Mary said: 'My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior." (5)


Remembering her lowly place
Before His Awesome Majesty,
She dares approach the Font of Grace
To bow and beg on bended knee.

His greatest attribute is love:
He condescends, humbly, to hear
Her heart-felt pleas that rise above
In truth, with faith, deep and sincere.

She consecrates herself once more,
To live His love and walk His ways;
As gratitude and love outpour,
Prayer culminates with grateful praise:

"Lord of all love and tenderness,
All life streams from Your Living Word,
You change our hearts with gentleness
As we absorb all that we've heard."

Her prayer resounds deep in her soul;
In love, His Word makes her joy whole.

May the Divine Word teach us to pray with pure and loving hearts opened completely to the Father's will.

4. Psalm 63:1-9
5. Luke 1:46-47

(c) Paul Buis, 2004