Pastor’s Reflection for January 3, 2016
As we begin the new year, a good resolution would be to set aside a specific time each day for prayer. You may wonder, what should I do during this time? A suggestion that may be helpful is offered in Matthew Kelly’s book, Rediscover Jesus, An Invitation.
The Prayer Process
Gratitude: Begin by thanking God in a personal dialogue for whatever you are most grateful for today.
Awareness: Revisit the times in the last twenty-four hours when you were and were not the-best-version-of-yourself. Talk to God about these situations and what you learned from them.
Significant Moments: Identify something you experienced today and explore what God might be trying to say to you through that event (or person).
Peace: Ask God to forgive you for any wrong you have committed (against yourself, another person, or Him) and to fill you with a deep and abiding peace.
Freedom: Speak with God about how he is inviting you to change your life, so that you can experience the freedom to be the-best-version-of-yourself.
Others: Lift up to God anyone you feel called to pray for today, asking God to bless and guide them.
Finish by praying the Our Father.
This may also be a time to consider attending daily Mass. It is a good spiritual activity that feeds us with the Word of God and His Body and Blood as food on our journey to the kingdom of heaven.
I wish to thank all those that sent cards, spirituals, and gifts over Christmas. May the Lord bless you for your kindness and generosity .
I thank you for your generous support to the Clergy Collection that went to the support of the priests of the Archdiocese.
As a reminder, we will be having our monthly Healing Mass this Wednesday, January 6, starting with the rosary at 7:00 p.m.
May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.
God love you,