Monday, February 18, 2013

Reflection for Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Reflection:  Today we receive a refreshing reminder as to how we are to pray.  I always enjoy these gentle reminders, as they always teach us something and remind us to dig a little deeper in our prayer life.  We are reminded not to babble when we pray, not to simply sit and listen to our own voice being herd.  We are reminded that we are speaking to our Father in prayer.  Prayer is a time to speak to our loving Father who loves us dearly, and longs to have a relationship with us.  This is what prayer is afterall, a time to speak and to listen to our Father who loves us.

Big Picture:  Take time to speak and to listen to your Father

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  Who are we speaking to when we pray?  When we pray, we are often speaking to God, but what else must we do when we pray?  (Take time to be quiet and listen to what God has to say to us.) 
     Older saints:  Take some time to reflect on your own prayer life.  How have you grown in the past few months?  Are you taking time to pray every day?  Are you taking time to quiet your heart and listen to God during your prayer time?  Do you take time to thank God for all your blessings, or are you too busy asking Him for things?  Consider starting a prayer journal to reflect on your prayer time and to keep a record of your conversations with God.  It might be interesting to look back on months from now and see how you relationship has changed.

Fun Fact:  The Mass is an example of how we are called to pray horizontally, which means praying in community with God.

Saint of the day: 
 Saint Conrad of Piacenza
     What they are remembered for:  St. Conrad of Piacenza became well known after he asked his servants to set fire to some brush during a hunting trip, in an attempt to flush out the animals.  The surrounding forest and fields set on fire and St. Conrad fled.  An innocent peasant was later convicted for the fire and sentenced to death, but St. Conrad confessed of his own guilt and paid for the repairs to be made to the damaged land.  He later devoted his life to prayer.
     Feast day:  February 19
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