"We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend upon material success ... but on Jesus alone."
St Franes Xavier Cabrini
"The heart of the Church's mission is prayer." Pope Francis
Prayer is “the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God.” St. John Damascene. It is the heart of what the Church is about because it is conversation with God. In prayer we enter into the inner life of God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is a simple thing, like a conversation, but it is not shallow. The depths of prayer are unfathomable, if we allow ourselves to discover.
How much time do you devote to prayer each day? What importance does it have in your life? Prayer is vital for a Christian, as much as air is for us to breathe. Without prayer, it’s difficult to enter into a relationship with God, to grow in that relationship and bring others to Him. Why not make a commitment to pray 15 minutes more than you are right now? That’s a good place to begin.
""If you knew the gift of God!" John 4:10. The wonder of prayer is revealed beside the well where we come seeking water: there, Christ comes to meet every human being. It is he who first seeks us and asks us for a drink. Jesus thirsts; his asking arises from the depths of God's desire for us. Whether we realize it or not, prayer is the encounter of God's thirst with ours. God thirsts that we may thirst for him."
“The heart is our hidden center, beyond the grasp of our reason and of others; only the Spirit of God can fathom the human heart and know it fully. The heart is the place of decision, deeper than our psychic drives. It is the place of truth, where we choose life or death. It is the place of encounter …” CCC 2563
Christianity is unique. Everything else is the human quest for something but Christianity is God’s quest for us. As the Catechism says, Jesus thirsts for us, he desires us. Prayer then, is the place of encounter with the God who thirst for us and the one we thirst for as well. “Prayer is the encounter of God’s thirst with ours.” St Augustine. What a wonderful truth we know of, that God desires to be in relationship with us.
In our Parish there are plenty of opportunities to deepen your prayer life and satisfy your inner thirst for God. Below you will find information on what we have available. Why not try something new?