From our Pastor: October 20, 2019

Jesus Christ tells us in the Gospel of Saint Luke this Sunday the necessity for us to
“pray always without becoming weary” – to be constant in our prayer, like the widow
with her petitions to the judge (Luke 18:1-8), Moses interceding for victory in the battle against the Amalekites, holding His arms in the form of a cross (Exodus 17:8-13),
and Saint Paul proclaiming the Gospel whether convenient or inconvenient, constant
in thanksgiving, in repentance, in praise, bringing to God every one of our needs (2
Timothy 3:14-4:2). Prayer is communion with God – in prayer, by the help of the Holy
Spirit, we grow in faith, hope and love as we remain in conversation with God, by His
grace, praying always without becoming weary.

To “pray always without becoming weary” means that we actually pray in communion
with God, which includes: adoring God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; being contrite,
asking God for mercy; thanking God for all the blessing He gives us (life, faith, hope,
love, family, friends, gifts, talents, His Church, Word and Sacraments); asking God for
strength, courage, peace; reading a Bible passage; praying the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet, praying to God in communion with Mary and all the saints; saying “Jesus, I trust in You” and “Jesus, have mercy” and “Jesus, help me”; praying grace before meals; offering prayers for the living and deceased; and praying for life during the 40-Daysfor- Life Vigil. In these examples of prayer, and many more, we find that they give order and direction to our lives and they remind us that God is in charge, not us. Jesus Christ, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, is the heart of our very life and that’s why we naturally sense the need to spend time with Him each day, wherever we are – at home, work, school, in nature, in private and public settings.

God even gives us the ability to pray (Romans 8:26-27), designing prayer to be part
of all we do. He is always guiding and thinking of us (Matthew 28), so we really can
pray always to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, with renewed faith, hope and love,
as prayer keeps our lamp of faith lit. God patiently awaits our speaking and listening
to Him as we raise our minds and hearts to Him. He always hears our prayers and
always answers our prayers, with answers that include “yes,” “no” and “not right now, I
have a better idea.” We can think of our relationship to God as one of children relating
to their Father Who is all-wise, all-loving, all-powerful, in whom we can always trust.

Let us think of the daily “in-between” times we have (86,400 seconds in a day) and
fill some of them with prayer: thanking God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit for all
the blessings He gives us, asking Him for what we need, seeking Him, knocking on
His door, praising, loving, serving and following Him, always, for He is with us always
(Matthew 28:20).

With peace and prayers in Christ,
Fr. William

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