Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for Oct. 20, 2019

Reflection for Oct. 20, 2019

Persistent in prayer

Could it be that God persists, too, until we are open to God's plan?

by Sister Elise Cholewinski

It has been five years since I lost my brother Dan. He had been in failing health for eight months and had undergone major heart surgery. In the midst of waiting for a heart transplant he had a stroke. During all that time I prayed several times a day that he would be restored to health. Then I began to wonder what could possibly happen if he did receive a heart transplant. What complications would he have to face? Finally one morning I told God that I just didn’t know what was best for my brother. I then placed Dan in God’s hands. I concluded my prayer by saying, “I want what you want.” As I left for work that day, I felt the tension leaving my body and I knew a profound peace. The following night my brother died.

In today’s Gospel Jesus points out how important it is to be persistent in our prayer. I believe that through our persistence the Holy Spirit eventually draws us to an openness and trust in our stance before our heavenly Father. Even as we persist in asking, I think God is persistent, waiting and waiting and waiting, until that moment arrives when we can surrender our desires into His loving embrace.

Reflection questions:
  • For which persons or intentions have you been persistently praying?
  • Has there been a moment in your prayer when you surrendered a person or intention into God’s hands? What was that moment like? How did you feel afterward?


thomas stumpf
10/18/2019 8:02 am

My son's wife has been fighting cancer for the last 13 years. He called me last week and said doctors have run out of options for treatment. Doctors have quit all treatments and they have placed her in Gods hands. She's only 46 years old with 3 children age 13,15,17. Your reflection today reminded me of all of them. Remember this beautiful family in your prayers. Love to all.

Kathy Matchefts
10/18/2019 8:06 am

I love this! It helps me so much as I care for my 93 year old mom who is ill.

Thank you

10/18/2019 8:18 am

Amen! Alleluia! Yes, not my will but Your will be done. We need to put our trust in God that He knows what is best for us and for those for whom we pray. Sometimes a prayer to accept God's will is the one that needs to be said. Thank you for sharing this valuable insight.

10/18/2019 8:19 am

Thanks Sister Elise, I think I have been praying all wrong. I will try your method.

Irene Whatley
10/18/2019 9:07 am

Your post reminded me of my Mom, she prayed that, not my will be done but your will be done. She had three very sick babies that she lost.

10/18/2019 3:09 pm

Thank you Sister for a reflection that really helped. I have praying for years for a woman who has problems and I have put everything into God's hands - He knows best and my prayer will be answered in His time not mine!

Kathy Bergstrom
10/18/2019 3:39 pm

This is beautiful, Sister. I feel I've done this several times. I haven't worded it quite so eloquently, though. It does give one a tremendous amount of peace!

Sister Sally Ann
10/18/2019 3:54 pm

Thank you, Sister Elise, for sharing your testimonial of being transformed from "my will" to "thy will" be done. It is a powerful example for me to "let go of my way", for really, what do I know? How often I have not seen as God sees. I, too, need to trust in God's loving care for all about whom I feel concern.

Joyce Hansen
10/20/2019 3:48 pm

Thanks for your thoughts on truly giving our wants and needs to God. I have had to do that with 2 of our children regarding''church''---

Sister Donna Koch
10/20/2019 5:59 pm

Thanks Elise - beautiful reflection and thought provoking questions.

Lisa Malcore
10/29/2019 2:19 pm


Thank You Sr. Elise for your message. I had to learn too " Let it in God's hands and his will be done".

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