AMDG

Dear OSJ Family,

With one week of Lent behind us, we can continue to focus our attention on our beautiful Catholic traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and alms giving in this most holy season of the Church.

This week I draw our attention to the Lenten practice of prayer.

Lent, as we know, is a time of spiritual renewal. Without prayer, fasting and almsgiving are merely actions we do out of tradition without much meaning. Prayer is our conversation with God. Our Jesuit Founder, St Ignatius Loyola called prayer “intimate” conversation with God” because is through prayer that we develop a closer, more personal relationship with God. Prayer offers us all a very special opportunity to grow in our relationship with God and to deepen our commitment to a way of life, rooted in our baptism. In our busy world, prayer provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon our patterns and sins. We should pray more deeply, experience sorrow for what we’ve done and failed to do, and to be generous to those in need.

To help you to better pray, here are some of my personal recommendations for praying in Lent :

http://www.loyolapress.com/living-lent-daily.htm

http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/Lent/Daily-prayers-00.html

http://www.usccb.org/about/justice-peace-and-human-development/upload/Lenten-Prayers.pdf

http://www.sacredspace.ie/

http://www.pray-as-you-go.org/home/

http://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?s=27

Blessed Lent!

Fr Phil Florio,SJ

Pastor