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Thoughts from fr. thomas

JMJ

 

January 26, 2020

 

My Dearest Parish Family,

 

God be with us always.

 

We are about to end the first month of the first year of the new decade. It is a blessing that we have begun our participation in the Year of Prayer of the Dynamic Catholic Initiative as one of the Pilot Parishes.

 

St. Pope John Paul II speaks of Prayer as a recognition of our limits and our dependence: we come from God, we are of God, and to God we return. I have mentioned in my homily last weekend that prayer is involving God in our lives each day and at every opportunity we can. It is an act of humility to pray as our Lord Jesus Christ manifested in the Gospel as He would always retreat into solitude to pray whether in the Mountain or away from the crowd. He needed it to be in communion with Love, with the Trinity, with God His Loving Father and be suffused with the Holy Spirit. We need to be in communion with God as often as we could through prayer.

 

Two saints to which I am truly devoted have this to say about prayer: St. Teresa of Avila said prayer – “PRAYER is being on terms of friendship with God, frequently conversing in secret with Him who, we know, loves us. St. Therese of Lisieux: “for me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.” From this it is obvious that it is the heart that is involved in prayer and it is our living the life of loving that is the object of prayer.

 

This is the weekend we commit ourselves to the Challenge to Pray more and we will be practical about it by being responsible to monitor ourselves. There will be Prayer Card that needs to be filled out every week and offered at Mass. This way we are motivated to really take the initiative to spend more time in prayer. Last Monday, our Youth Ministry, celebrated their first XLT: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. How many of us took time to support them?

 

Let this letter end with the quote from St. Alphonsus Ligouri about Prayer: “Acquire the habit of speaking to God as if you were alone with Him, familiarly and with confidence and love, as to the dearest and most loving of friends.” So come on let us get going into to challenge to pray, to unite ourselves with Divine Love who so unconditionally gives Himself to us. God bless and take care.

 

Love and prayers, 

 

Fr. Thomas  Paul K. Naval