The following points can be of help in growing closer to Jesus if you find it difficult in getting into a habit of daily mediation.
St. Theresa of Avila mentioned that without a book written for spiritual reading on her lap, she found meditation almost impossible. The following is based on and inspired by her instruction to her nuns on how to practice meditation:
Just as you and I get to know people by meeting, listening and speaking to them, so in meditation we get to know God by conversing with him in a quiet place. “When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father in the secret place.” Matthew 6:6.
We listen to God speaking to us through the beauties of nature, Sacred Scripture, the texts of the Liturgy and the lives and writings of the saints. In meditation, we ponder what Jesus says to us in all of these ways and then we respond with our inner thoughts, applications and words. It is a mental conversation between two friends.
What is prayer? What is its purpose? St. Theresa of Avila says, “Prayer is to realize how much it means to you to have God’s friendship and how much he loves you.” She also says, “Prayer is when we raise our hearts and minds to God.” St. Therese of Liseux offers this beautiful explanation about prayer: “For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look, turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.”
More than 400 people came to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on April 3 where Bishop Thomas John Paprocki presided at a celebration of the Divine Mercy.
The afternoon prayer service included eucharistic exposition, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Liturgy of the Word, The Praises of the Divine Mercy and the sacrament of reconciliation. Eight priests heard confessions.
Inspired by a call to grow in holiness, Deacon Eugene Uptmor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Mattoon is among more than 100 attendees of the two-year Catholic Spiritual Mentorship Program at the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas. This is the largest class since the program began in 2011.
On June 20 the Springfield in Illinois Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (SDCCW) presented the fourth annual Our Lady of Good Counsel Women of Distinction Award to 67 women. More than 500 people attended the 10 a.m. Mass celebrated by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, which was followed by a luncheon at Northfield Inn and Conference Center.
RAYMOND — Eighty-two diocesan priests listened, discussed and inquired about the spirituality of stewardship and discipleship as a way of life during their Spring Gathering March 10-11 at the Magnuson Grand Hotel and Conference Center near Raymond. Three priests and two laypersons from the Diocese of Wichita were their guests and presenters.
GRAFTON — "Mary, Queen of peace … here I am … show me the way!" was the theme of the 86th Annual Springfield Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (SDCCW) Convention held on Oct. 29 at Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center in Grafton, and hosted by the Jacksonville deanery SDCCW. More than 225 attended the convention.
"God has a word for you this day."
Pat Gohn, author of Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious spoke these first words to more than 120 women that attended "In Her Cherished Heart 2014" on Sept. 13, at the Chiara Center in Springfield.