Bl. Pier Giorgio had a strong belief in the power of prayer. He made each day a gift to God, and did so formally by his association with a group known as "The Apostleship of Prayer." This organization, founded by the Jesuits, has one requirement: a daily morning offering. Their website states:
"The mission of the Apostleship of Prayer is to encourage Christians to make a daily offering of themselves to the Lord for the coming of God's Kingdom and for the Holy Father's monthly intentions. This habit of prayer encourages a Eucharistic spirituality of solidarity with the Body of Christ and loving service to others. Nourishing this spiritual program is the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus." (apostleshipofprayer.org)
If we want to take our Christianity seriously, we need to start each day by talking with God. It's that simple, and it's that important. In any relationship communication is key, and so with our Lord! If we begin with prayer we will naturally turn to God throughout our day. Bl. Pier Giorgio took this interaction very seriously and nurtured it with love. We can do the same!
Today check out the Apostleship of Prayer website, or formulate a prayer of your own to greet God each day as you sip your morning coffee. Thank Him for each chance at a new beginning and follow Bl. Pier Giorgio's lead in living "a simple, profound way of life".
Bl. Pier Giorgio, pray for us!