Fr. Solanus spent much time praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament. It is said that he would be so deep in prayer that he would not even notice others coming and going, lights illuminated and dimmed, etc. He made it a point to intercede for every person he welcomed at the door, and as his visitors increased so did his prayer time.
Often we tell people we will pray for them as a gesture of friendship, and though we probably mean well at the time, we do not always follow through with the actual prayer. It is easy to get distracted with the tasks and interruptions of our day and forget the sacrifice we offered to make. Perhaps a time set apart at the end of each day to recollect those we offered to pray for would be helpful, as would adding their names to our journal. Somehow being down on our knees and speaking their names before God unites us powerfully as the Body of Christ. It’s not that God needs our reminder to bless them, but that we do His will when we pray for one another:
"…and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” (James 5:15-16)
You may not consider yourself righteous, but washed in Christ’s blood you become so! Because of His sacrifice we can stand before God; and our own sacrifice of prayer becomes a true offering of love.
Ven. Solanus Casey, pray for us!