As the nuclear catastrophe in Japan unfolds, on top of the twin catastrophes of last week’s earthquake and tsunami, we re-discover that we do not really know how to pray [not withstanding the “Litany” I posted earlier on this blog].
As I told my friend, who lives in Japan, I went to a retreat place yesterday, aptly named Mercy-By-The-Sea, to ponder and pray and try to be with Japan’s suffering. I ended up walking the shoreline at Mercy-By-The-Sea, cleaning it of trash, only able to repeat “mercy” “mercy” “mercy”. At some point, even someone used to creating/writing prayers will be reduced to this basic groan for redemption. Nothing more, nothing less.
But maybe it is precisely in this experience of being reduced to not knowing how to pray that the Holy Spirit Herself can, finally, intercede “with inexpressible groanings” (Rom 8:26).