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Stephen, full of power and grace

Could I ask, with the martyr St. Stephen, "O Lord, give me every disadvantage, every difficulty, every hardness. Send me out with no tools, no friends, no worldly hopes of vengeance or reward. Put me among the hateful, the violent, the diseased, the unstable"?
Prayer wall 2014

The art of prayer

Prayer need not be elaborate to be powerful. Like art, prayer expresses the inner yearning of the human soul, and our souls reach out toward God as God reaches toward us.