Tuesday in the First Week of Lent
My your faithful be strengthened, O God, by your blessing: in grief, may you be their consolation, in tribulation, their power to endure, and in peril, their protection. Through Christ our Lord. (Prayer over the People, Tuesday in the First Week of Lent)
You know what we need before we ask You, Lord, so we need not babble when we pray. To babble is to be thoughtless in the words we use, talking to fill space, demand attention, drown out silence.
To babble in prayer is to leave no room for You, to give no thought to Your presence. Teach me and help me to pray as I ought so my words do not return to You void, empty, without meaning, without trust, without love.