There are times in life when we feel like we can't contribute much to the world whether it be due to our family circumstances or our health or what have you, or perhaps a friend is hurting but we have nothing to say or do that can make it better. But there is one thing we can always do and that is to pray. Whether it be saying formal prayers or speaking to God in our own words or offering up our sufferings, we can always be of help to someone. Admittedly, we often do not get to see the fruits of our efforts, but we trust that in a way we can't fully understand, God uses our prayers for good.
The Spring 2015 issue of Marian Helper features a story about a ninety-three year old woman named Blanche who works as a volunteer for their intercessory prayer line. Twice a week she volunteers her time to pray individually for the hundreds of intentions. "One by one - for hours - she reads them to herself before the Blessed Sacrament while praying for the the outpouring of the Holy Spirit." What an incredible gift she is offering to those in need. What a wonderful inspiration for all of us to follow!