Living Stones 4

Living_Stones_4___CBSLADYCHAPELANGELSCLOSE.JPG

PRAYER

Click on the file below to download a printer friendly version

/livingstones/Living Stones 4.pdfLiving Stones 4.pdf [80.71 KB]

Is it not one of the "signs of the times" that in today's world, despite widespread secularization, there is a widespread demand for spirituality, a demand which expresses itself in large part as a renewed need for prayer? Other religions, which are now widely present in ancient Christian lands, offer their own responses to this need, and sometimes they do so in appealing ways. But we who have received the grace of believing in Christ, the revealer of the Father and the Saviour of the world, have a duty to show to what depths the relationship with Christ can lead...

Yes, dear brothers and sisters, our Christian communities must become genuine "schools" of prayer, where the meeting with Christ is expressed not just in imploring help but also in thanksgiving, praise, adoration, contemplation, listening and ardent devotion, until the heart truly "falls in love". Intense prayer, yes, but it does not distract us from our commitment to history: by opening our heart to the love of God it also opens it to the love of our brothers and sisters, and makes us capable of shaping history according to God's plan.

Apostolic Letter of Pope John Paul II - Novo Millennio Ineunte (At the Beginning of the New Millennium),# 33

Take some time of silence to reflect on these words and on the picture on the cover.

A TIME FOR SHARING YOUR FAITH...

- The large marble bas-reliefs of the angels are taken from the former high altar of our Cathedral and are set into the side walls of the Lady Chapel where the light from the ˙MagnificatÓ window throws colours over them. After spending time reflecting on the picture share what the image says to you about prayer.

- As you reflect on this image, share some of your own experiences of prayer. Does the picture reflect your prayer times of thanksgiving, praise, adoration, contemplation, listening and ardent devotion?

- The Pope recognises in our world a renewed need and desire for prayer. Share together how your parish community might become a better school of prayer.

GOSPEL REFLECTION: (Luke 11:9-13)

Jesus, said to his disciples, 'So I say to you: Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For the one who asks always receives; the one who searches always finds; the one who knocks will always have the door opened to him. What father among you would hand his son a stone when he asked for bread? Or hand him a snake instead of a fish? Or hand him a scorpion if he asked for an egg? If you then, who are evil, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!'

Take some time of silence to reflect on these words. LET GOD'S WORD SPEAK TO YOU...

- Share some of your experiences of how God has answered your prayer?

-Someone once said, 'The best way to pray IS to pray': When, where and how do you pray?

-Is prayer about changing God or changing us? How has your prayer changed you?

CLOSING PRAYER

After a time of silent prayer, pray together;

Come Holy Spirit
enkindle the fire of your love.
Transform all that is fearful into boldness of heart.
Inspire your servant with Wonder and Awe
at the Mystery of Your Presence.
Confirm Your friend in Compassion and Forgiveness.

Whisper Discernment in the midst of confusion;
Be Wisdom in times of trouble;
Reverence in the face of diversity
Patience with the unfolding of life
and forever anoint Your messenger with Joy.

Amen.

Produced by the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch
for the Centennial of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament

Please feel free to reproduce