Friday, January 24, 2020

Pray, Pray, Pray

Dear Parishioners,

We Catholic clergy, bishops, priests and deacons, are expected to do the Liturgy of the Hours at least in the morning and in the evening. It consists of the recitation of Psalms, a scripture passage (Old or New testament), Canticles from Luke, Intercessions, the Lord’s prayer, and closing prayers. It begins with a strong statement, “God come to my assistance, Lord make haste to help me,” requesting God’s help as our Master, guide, and Savior. I mention all of this, because this daily exercise leaves me praying a lot. I have a long list of people I know that I pray for. There are those who are facing significant medical issues or those who are going through grief and loss, and those of my family and friends. I pray daily for the Church and for St. Jane Frances parish. I would like to challenge all of you to take some time to pray for those you love and those you know who need prayers. I think that prayer is one important way we affect the world. I know we are busy. I know there is a lot on our plates. I know that money, responsibilities, and expectations—just to name a few—are some of the important factors that impact our lives. But I would like to urge you to pray. Develop a habit of speaking to God in your own words, from your heart, simply and often. As well, being silent in prayer is not a bad thing but opens us up to God speaking to us. Our world needs prayer. Our Church needs prayer. Our families need prayer. Let us pray for each other, and ask God to improve our faith, give us health, support those suffering, and bring us peace. And thank you to those who pray for me. I need all the help I can get!

Deacon Steve