Why prayer? As Catholics, we understand that prayer is important. We are expected to pray before meals, we are expected to pray as a community once a week at Mass, and there are a myriad of other times when we know we should pray. The thing is, though, that a large number of us do not habitually or instinctively take time for prayer or turn to prayer. Realistically, prayer should be a part of each of our daily lives, in good times and bad. The same impulse we have to talk about good and bad things with our best friend should be the impulse we have to share those things with our God.
All of this brings me back to my initial question: why prayer? According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “Prayer and the Christian life are inseparable” (2745). As a community of faith, we are called to do many things, but all of it should be rooted in prayer. Arguably, each of us knows a lot about God in our minds. The reality is, though, that knowing a lot about somebody and getting to know them on a personal level are two completely different things. God is personal. We can have a relationship with Him. Who God is in His very essence and being--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--is a relationship. We are invited into that relationship, and, just like the rest of our relationships, we have to take the time to be present to the other person and share of ourselves. That is exactly what prayer is. Prayer is our time to get to know God, to cultivate that relationship, and to love God more deeply.
This year, we are focusing on prayer for Generations of Faith. We are offering opportunities for people of all ages in order to help grow and develop the prayer life of every person in our faith community here at St. Mary Catholic Church. We will talk about what prayer is and why it is important, but most importantly, ways that every member of our parish can make prayer a meaningful and dynamic part of their lives. I encourage each of you to join us for the 2015-2016 year of Generations of Faith ready to deepen your prayer lives and deepen your relationship with our God who is the greatest source of love we will ever know.
Peace & Prayers,