Week of June 25, 2017

In the book we gave out last Christmas, Resisting Happiness, Matthew Kelly gave what he called “The Prayer Process.”  There are seven steps in this process.

  1. Gratitude
    Begin by thanking God in a personal dialogue for whatever you are most grateful for today.
  2. Awareness
    Revisit the times in the past 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.
  3. Significant Moments
    Identify something you experienced in the last twenty-four hours and explore what God might be trying to say to you through that event (or person).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Others:
    Lift up to God anyone you feel called to pray for today, asking God to bless and guide them.
  7. Pray the Our Father

Recently the priests of our diocese had a day of reflection before the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral.  Bishop Leibrecht, the retired Bishop of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, gave us some points to ponder regarding our spirituality.  Some of these points pertained only to priests, but there were some that any of us could benefit from.

  • Am I truly committed to a deeper personal spirituality? Spirituality is about hungering for God, John Kirvan say.  It is a life centered on Jesus Christ and not only on self-fulfillment.
  • How am I making the Eucharist central to my spiritual life? And how is the Sacrament of Reconciliation a key part of my spiritual life?
  • What is the main virtue I am presently trying to develop in my life? And with God’s grace, am I seeing significant progress?

Deacon Don Schmidt told us last weekend about a program for men that will be offered this fall called That Man Is You.  We are also looking at working with Presentation Parish in offering a program called Christ Renews His Parish.  This is a weekend program that is offered for men and women.  More information will be coming in upcoming bulletins.

This week I will be at Conception Abbey for a retreat with the priests of our diocese.  There will be a Communion Service Wednesday and Friday


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