Today is the memorial day for St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690). It was her conviction that prayer unites us to the heart of Christ.
She believed that every moment/event of our lives is an occasion to draw nearer to Christ. In times of trial, we increase our dependency on Christ. In times of blessing, we increase our gratitude to him. In times of amazement, we increase our sense of wonder at what he can do.
These increases naturally become prayers. In trials we cry, “Help!” In blessings, we say “Thanks!” And in amazement, we exclaim “Wow!” Every experience gives rise to prayer, which brings us more fully into the heart of Christ.
This ancient wisdom is being re-expressed in a book by Ann Lamott entitled, Help, Thanks, and Wow. It’s a 21st-century way of emphasizing what St. Mary Margaret pointed out in her time.
Moreover, it’s a reminder that praying our life’s experiences does not have to be complicated or drawn out. We can move through the day saying, “Help, thanks, and wow” over and over again. It is one way we “pray without ceasing.”