For over 106 years, countless pilgrims come to this shrine in the midst of San Francisco’s Sunset District. They light candles and pray to the grandmother of Jesus and mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary. They seek her powerful prayers for healing and to pray especially for the sick.
In the Gospel today, Jesus addresses prayer. Many things can be said and today I’d like to focus on two thoughts: formula & persistence. We can never say that we do not know how to pray. In the opening pericope of today’s gospel (Luke 11:1-13), Jesus gives us the formula. When we are unsure of what to say with our own words, we can pray to the Father in the words our Brother has taught us.
Secondly, God never forgets our needs and knows them even before we ask them. Our prayers are not answered by their fancy words. They are answered as God looks at our hearts, our childlike faith and trust in him. So be a child and keep on asking. Don’t ask for things you need, but consider asking to know the will of God and do carry it out faithfully.
Formula & persistence. Whether its the Shrine to Good Saint Anne of the Sunset, your local parish, or your little shrine at home … don’t give up. God is listening to your heart.