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Ignatius, second from right; spending time with migrant workers at the Bread Basket Programme with parishioners from St Mary of the Angels.

Moved To Pray For Others

Ignatius Shares About The Power of Prayer.

I’m always moved by the suffering of others. 

I always try to put myself in the other persons shoes and try to understand their pain and sorrow. 

I too have gone through some periods of pain in my life. During such periods, others have stopped, listened and loved. 

Moved with Compassion.

So why was I moved to feel for them? 

While the reason for suffering is differentI think the feeling that the other feels is often the same. 

That longing for peace, understanding and compassion

The desire to be understood by the other person and to be loved. 

Looking at the face of the other, I realise my own humanness.  

Thus, with all this in mind I try to respond by doing what I can do – befriend, listen or even just sit with them. 

But even then all human efforts will meet its end. 

For instance, the problems that Migrants and Refugees face in our world today. I sometimes feel helpless as I’m unable to lend a helping hand or even have the chance to journey with them.

Responding Through Prayer.

So what do I do in response to that?  

I pray. I lift it up to God the Father who hears and knows us.  

Just like in the Parable of The Good Samaritan, the Samaritan cared for the man who fell into the hands of robbers. Even after all that he had done for the man, he still petitioned to the innkeeper to take care of the man. He recognised his limitation and asked for help. 

Similarly, I too ask God for help.

I pray because I know that God will help and comfort them. He may not answer my prayers in the way I want Him to. But I am confident that He will answer in the best way that the person needs.  

There are days where I do doubt the power of prayer.

But in moments like these, I’m comforted by Jesus’s promise:

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; and he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, it shall be opened.” – Matthew 7:7-8

Don’t give up on prayer. God always listens and is available to us. All we need to do is ask! 

Ignatius Tan looks after Finance at ACMI. His experience was first shared to colleagues and other member organisations at Agape Village on 11 September 2019. His sharing was inspired by the 3rd point raised by the Holy Father “It’s Not Just About Migrants: It is Also About Our Humanity” 

This is the Third of a series of reflections on the 10 points raised by Pope Francis in his 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees Message. 

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