A “Dream of Hope” for the others

A “Dream of Hope” for the others

I have never been a “prayer warrior”. On the contrary, I have always excelled more in practical issues than in kneeling before the altar. However, some years ago, my sister and long-time close friend from the Dominican Lay Fraternity confided in me about certain concerns.

She was worried about the soul of her father who, becoming older and losing strength, had not been reconciled with God. The idea of praying for that intention came up.

We checked our extremely busy schedules and agreed on the necessity of setting a fixed time for regular prayers. Thus, we began meeting every Tuesday. We attend Mass and afterwards we came together for a “dream of hope” for others. We alternate the meeting venue between each other’s places.

I had some doubts at first: How long will we persist? Will we have enough time? Now I don’t bother about all that anymore. Now, it is as natural as getting up in the morning and going to work. I have to admit, it is the time of the week I look forward to the most. I spend it with my best friend and sister at Jesus’ feet.

As time went by, the list of those we were bringing before the Lord was getting longer. Often, I don’t even know them but I long to anticipate and await Christ’s dawn of hope with them and for them.

Going through the list, I see people for whom we prayed for the grace of healing but the Lord of life and death decided otherwise. We do not understand it now but believe that one day we will be able to.

Interestingly many of our relatives, friends and co-workers approach us asking for a prayer for someone who has entrusted to them their sadness or despair and we simply put the person’s name on the list. There is the mother of a 17-year-old girl whose hair went grey overnight worrying over her daughter who has suicidal and self-mutilation thoughts. We pray for an adult son who succumbed to drugs; for sisters who are angry with each other, broken marriages, people with depression and above all, those who have lost the faith and need courage to find true happiness. For all of them, we meet and hope on every Tuesdays.

I would like to finish with a lovely story that happened this week. My friend’s boss and his wife appeared on our list as they lost hope of being blessed by a child. One day, he told her that his wife was in hospital following a miscarriage, he was in deep depression and did not want to go through the same suffering again. My friend promised to pray for them. After sometime, we found out that she was pregnant. Yesterday she gave birth to their long-awaited son. It was awesome to be able to share the joy of these “strangers” who I do not really know. Here comes the greatest surprise; to our question, what name did you give to your son? The proud new father replied: “Dominic”.

Eva and Zuzana, Lay Dominicans in the Province of Slovakia (Bratislava)

(26 January 2018)