Prayer Moments: “Wonder”


A short prayer experience from 365 Prayers for Catholic Schools and Parish Youth Groups

By Filomena Tassi and Peter Tassi

Wonder

Although you have not seen [Jesus Christ], you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:8–9)

God is great

Dear Creator, We often look at your creation with wonder and awe. The creation of this earth and beyond is so beautiful that it is sometimes difficult to comprehend. We stand in wonder at your creation — how infinite! And yet every grain of sand is so important. Your creation fills us with feelings that take us beyond ourselves, and yet it draws us into ourselves to see the infinity within. May we hold on to this sense of wonder, propelling us to discover your universe as well as discovering ourselves. Amen.

  • How does it feel to be filled with wonder and awe? Can you imagine a life without it?
  • What are examples of life experiences that fill us with wonder and awe?
  • How does this wonder motivate us to discover the galaxies as well as who we are?

We are wonderful

God of blessings, the gift of your creation and the gift of your love are so wonderful, and yet we often forget this as we travel through each day, entangled in the petty things that bring us down. We pray that we may become more reflective and meditative in our
approach to each day, reflecting on the wonder of the universe and the wonder and beauty of ourselves. All of creation, especially each of us, is a marvel and a wonder, beautiful and gifted. We pray, Lord, that we are always open to the beauty and wonder of all of this. Amen.

  • Why are we sometimes more in awe of the universe than of what is within us?
  • Do we look at others with awe?
  • What are examples of things that surround us that are awesome works of God’s creation?
Excerpted from 365 Prayers for Catholic Schools and Parish Youth Groups, by Filomena Tassi and Peter Tassi. Copyright 2016. Published by Twenty-Third Publications (twentythirdpublications.com). Used with permission. All rights reserved.

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