The Spirit comes to help us in our weakness. For when we cannot choose words in order to pray properly, the Spirit himself expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words, and God who knows everything in our hearts knows perfectly well what he means, and that the pleas of the saints expressed by the Spirit are according to the mind of God.
The second reading at Mass on Sunday, the 16th in Ordinary Time, offers us the encouragement of knowing that our prayer does not rely on our ability to find the right words.
Prayer is an expression of our communion with God, our love for him. And our prayer finds inspiration from that communion, that love, which is the Spirit who comes to animate us..
Detail of grave marker, Cimetière des Roumiguières, nr Grasse, France. (c) 2007, Allen Morris.