Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In that spirit, I would like to, over the next few weeks, share some thoughts on prayer. For many of us, prayer might seem to be an intimidating and difficult activity. For many of us, prayer even seems to require too much commitment, or is an activity for priests, monks, or medieval saints only. However, as this series of bulletin inserts will hopefully show, many of our fears can be overcome rather easily. Jesus Christ, our model for prayer, relieved the anxieties and distresses of His disciples. One example is His calming of the waters during the storm on the Sea of Galilee. Because of our confidence in God, we should have no reason to be anxious about prayer because the same God is the one who initiates our prayer by creating us and implanting His call to approach Him in each one of us. At our Baptism, we received this call to come to God as one comes to an old friend or to a loving father. God sent His only Son, Jesus, to redeem us and restore that friendship with us. As a genuine response to the love of a friend, prayer is not a mindless repetition of phrases and hollow gestures, but flows from the heart. Prayer is not only for mystics or religious, but for all. Prayer is our hearts connecting to the Heart of God – the ultimate “heart to heart” communication. So, therefore, let us respond by turning to God in regular prayer.
In Jesus through Mary,
Fr. Adam Streitenberger