Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.
(St. Teresa of Calcutta)
We must speak to God as a friend speaks to his friend, servant to his master; now asking some favor, now acknowledging our faults, and communicating to Him all that concerns us, our thoughts, our fears, our projects, our desires, and in all things seeking His counsel
(St. Ignatius of Loyola).
Prayer is the foundation and essence of our spiritual life. It is an opportunity to come into God’s presence and spend time with Him, to ask Him for whatever we need, and to just be with Him. It is only through prayer and study that we can grow and mature in our faith; it is only through a loving, active relationship with God that we can turn our hearts outward to the whole of humanity.
At St. Mary Parish, we offer many opportunities for you to come before God in either solitary or communal prayer. Please visit our Event Calendar for upcoming prayer and retreat opportunities.
Can we pray for you? Please contact Janice at email@example.com if you or a loved one are in need of prayers.
Gift of Prayer 2019: An Encounter with God in Love
For our Gift of Prayer this year, we will explore different ways to strengthen our practices of prayer. The next eight weeks will be an invitation to go deeper in our personal relationship with the living and true God. This personal relationship is the essence of prayer: “Whether we realize it or not, prayer is the encounter of God’s thirst with ours. God thirsts that we may thirst for him” (CCC 2558–60).
Each week, we will deliver a new meditation on prayer via Flocknote*, including a link to the latest Sunday homily, a brief inspirational lesson on prayer, and a technique to put into practice.
*Subscribe to Flocknote at stmarylittleton.flocknote.com. You can also find current and previous meditations here on this page.
Week 2: May 19-25
Review & Reflect
In the first reading from Sunday, May 19, St. Paul encourages us to persevere in the Faith, saying, “It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God” (Acts 14:21-27).
The Catechism of the Catholic Church instructs us on this idea of praying without ceasing: “This tireless fervor can come only from love. Against our dullness and laziness, the battle of prayer is that of humble, trusting, and persevering love (CCC 2742). You love God when you love your neighbor.
Mass readings for May 19 (link)
- Acts 14:21-27
- Psalm 145:8-13
- Revelation 21:1-5
- John 13:31-33a, 34-35
Catechism of the Catholic Church: 2742 (link)
Listen to the Homily: Dcn Tim 5/19/19 (link)
Putting it Into Practice
Here are some helpful actions you can take to help you persevere in love:
- Try to make an act of love to God by loving your husband or wife, and by giving time to your children.
- Try to pay attention to someone who is homeless and love that person. If possible, give him something (a snack, bottle of water). Ask him to pray for you.
- Try to do something in service to others that no one else will know about; don’t say anything about it.
- Make some sacrifice, such as denying yourself something, which no one knows about, and offer it to Jesus.
- Ask your children to acknowledge something good about their siblings or other people.
Pray slowly, and with intention, the Prayer of St. Francis: “Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.”
Week 1: May 12-18
Review & Reflect
Today in the Gospel, we hear, “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. No one can take them out of my hand” (Jn. 10:27-30). And so this week we learn about
contemplative prayer, which at its root begins with silence and listening, “taking time frequently to be alone with him who we know loves us” (CCC 2709-2719).
Mass readings for May 12 (link)
- Acts 13:14, 43-52
- Psalm 100:1-2, 3, 5
- Revelation 7:9, 14b-17
- John 10:27-30
Catechism of the Catholic Church: 2709-2719 (link)
Listen to the Homily: Fr. Armando 5/12/19 (link)
Putting it Into Practice
Begin by making short moments of silence during the day, acknowledging God’s presence within you. Help your children to contemplate, teaching them that God is in the present moment, here and now. God loves you now. Try to let Him to guide this moment in His power and wisdom.
A short prayer to start with is, ‘Jesus I believe in you within me. Jesus my hope is in you providing everything for my holiness. Jesus I love you within me. Jesus I adore you within me.”
For parents: Pray Psalm 23, then go over this beloved scripture with your children. Remember that your mission as parents is to open your children to the power, mystery, and love of God.
To learn even more about prayer and intimacy with our Lord, check out the video from our Way of Fire series!