How Do You Pray?

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Daily Prayer Routines

Life makes many demands on today’s families, and lives are often full and hectic. Finding the time for prayer can seem difficult - especially if you aren’t sure where to begin or how to pray as a family.

Prayer is a Gift

One reason many of us don't pray more often or more consistently is because we have questions and uncertainties about prayer. We worry that we’re doing it wrong or that it’s not really working. One of the best ways to combat the neutralizing effect this doubt can have on your prayer life is to remember that prayer is a gift.

“[Prayer] is not what we do but what God does in us, how God loves us, addresses us, looks at us, enlightens us, forgives us, heals us, purifies us and eventually transforms us.” Dominican Nuns Ireland Family Day Address (www.dominicannuns.ie)

God is constantly seeking us. Like the father who daily scanned the horizon for his prodigal son, God waits patiently for us.  Prayer is the gift, given to us by God, to respond to His call and to seek him in return. Every moment of prayer begins, not with us, but with God’s call to us - the desire for union with him that he has placed deep within our hearts.

Our prayer is a response to that call.  As the Catechism of the Catholic Church says,

“Prayer is both a gift of grace and a determined response on our part. It always presupposes effort” (2725).

Make an Intentional Plan

John Piper, in his book Desiring God, says that a main hindrance to prayer is our lack of planning:

"If you want to take a four-week vacation, you don't just get up one summer morning and say, 'Hey, let's go today!' You won't have anything ready. You won't know where to go. Nothing has been planned."

Take the time to create a plan for your own personal prayer life.  It doesn’t have to be rigidly followed, but can serve as a grounding reminder -- a thriving, regular, consistent time of worship of and communion with God in prayer.

Tools to Help

We have developed four tools to help you get started developing your personal prayer routine...

Observing Lent? Try a Team Approach

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Accompaniment and Lent

The forty days of Lent can seem like a long time, especially if one is giving up a favorite food or video game. It's helpful to have a friend to keep us going. He or she can encourage us, challenge us, and pick us up if we falter. In fact, that kind of accompaniment - a holy friendship developed out of mutual love for one another and a desire to walk with one another into deeper relationship with Jesus - is the heart of evangelization and discipleship. 

This year, consider finding an accompaniment partner and approaching Lent as a team. That doesn't mean you have to give up—or do—the same exact things, although that's a possibility. It does mean sharing your Lenten resolution(s) and asking for each other's prayers and active support.  People often find that they're much more likely to keep their resolutions when they hold themselves accountable to another person. Knowing that someone walks with us, even if it's not exactly the same path, can be a great comfort and motivator.

If you're thinking about Lenten resolutions, consider the traditional practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving (works of charity). Here are some ideas to get started.

Most Blessed Sacrament Holy Spirit Retreat

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Renew yourself in the Holy Spirit

Who is the Holy Spirit?   What does the Holy Spirit do?   How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?

Join Deacon Keith Strohm from the Archdiocese of Chicago and M3 Ministries and Kristin Bird of Burning Hearts Disciples as we explore these questions in a spirit-filled retreat. This retreat will explore the meaning and significance of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It’s an introduction to the presence, peace and power of God that can be experienced daily.

Green Bay Discipleship Seminar I: Discover Jesus

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Diocese of Green Bay Discipleship Seminars

Burning Hearts Disciples is assisting the Diocese of Green Bay in continuing to deepening our friendship with Jesus Christ through Regional Discipleship Formation Seminars. These one-day seminars are designed to help key parish volunteer leaders and parish staff understand the challenges in forming disciples of Jesus Christ and the connection between evangelization, catechesis, parish life, and mission within the discipleship process.

 

Many parish leaders find that attending a single seminar or retreat day is only able to provide a brief overview of some of the key elements to discipleship and evangelization. Spending time reflecting, praying, and learning both individually and as a group will help ensure you take the concepts from theories and apply them in practice in your own life and in your parish.

Here you can find the handouts and resources used during the seminars as well as a list of resources we recommend for both individuals and groups to help you on your path toward missionary discipleship.

Seminar II: Follow Jesus Schedule for Fall 2018 now available.

Parish Mission - Most Precious Blood (Oviedo, FL)

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Join for a time of grace and renewal. Discover how passionate God’s love is for you. Uncover what it means to be wonderfully created and redeemed by Christ for happiness now and in eternal life. Our parish mission will awaken and revitalize your relationship with yourself and Jesus. Come discover how to effectively invite others into that relationship.

During each evening, Kristin Bird, Executive Director of “Burning Hearts Disciples” will be presenting what it means to follow Jesus as His disciple and how to grow in relationship with Him.

Read more at the Most Precious Blood website.


Below you will find a list of the resource suggestions for this Parish Mission - both those that were availalbe at the resource table and those mentioned by the speaker.  These can be great tools to help you continue to grow in faith after the mission.

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