THE LORD UPHOLDS MY LIFE: the RCIA Prayer Fair
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
RCIA Session, September 27
Wisdom 2:12, 17-20
Psalm 54:3-4, 5, 6-8
"Beloved: Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every foul practice. But the wisdom from above is first of all pure, then peaceable, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without inconstancy or insincerity. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace for those who cultivate peace." -cf. James 3:16-4:3
CALENDAR: PRAYER FAIR THIS WEEK!
- There are none of the "usual" weekly RCIA Sessions this Thursday - instead, we have the following Scedule for the Prayer Fair.
- Last week you signed up for three different rounds of prayer - when you arrive this week, you will have your very own ticket listing where you should go and at what time.
- Be sure to come early this week!! Get a copy of your "itinerary" in the Narthex and be in your seat in Church - with your family - by 7:00 pm.
PRAYER FAIR SCHEDULE
Disposition of Prayer – all – Church – 7:00-7:25 pm
7:30-7:55 pm ROUND I
8:00-8:20 pm ROUND II
8:25-8:45 pm ROUND II
FAMILY ADORATION –all – Church – 8:45-9:00 pm
GOAL THIS WEEK:
- To pray together
- To experience some different ways of praying
- To reflect on the necessary "disposition" for prayer - the role of humility
- To understand the connection between our vocation and the necessity of prayer
- See Chapters, 22, 27, 35 & 36 of the Catechism, as well as Appendix B which has many traditional prayers
"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." CCC #2560
"...humility is the foundation of prayer. Only when we humbly acknowledge that 'we do not know how to pray as we ought' are we ready to receive freely the gift of prayer. 'Man is a beggar before God.'" CCC #2559
"But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, 'O God, be merciful to me a sinner.'" -Luke 18:13
"Prayer cannot be reduced to the spontaneous outpouring of interior impulse: in order to pray, one must have the will to pray. Nor is it enough to know what the Scriptures reveal about prayer: one must also learn how to pray. Through a living transmission within the 'believing and praying Church, ' the Holy Spirit teaches the children of God how to pray." CCC #2650
"Then he told them a parable about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary." -cf. Luke 18:1-8
"Prayer is the life of the new heart. It ought to animate us at every moment. But we tend to forget him who is our life and our all. ...'We must remember God more often than we draw breath.' But we cannot pray at all times if we do not pray at specific times, consciously willing it. These are the special times of Christian prayer, both in intensity and duration." CCC # 2697
How do you like to pray now? Where do you pray? When do you pray?
What obstacles in your life prevent you from praying?
How do you know the love of God? How does God call you to share His love & mercy with others?
What one quality is necessary for anyone to pray?