A Message from our Superintendent, Carol LemayIn our busy lives, there is a great need for personal prayer and reflection. This bookcontains a rich blend of traditional prayers that will provide students and teachers alikegreat opportunity to expand their spiritual life through prayer. Thanks must go out to theReligious Education Committee for the production of this book and the opportunity for allof us to enrich our daily conversations with God.
"I will listen to the whisper of God's Spirit in my ear, And God will hear the longing in my heart."
Unknown A Message from Fr. Brian Inglis, Our Lady of the Foothills Catholic Church, HintonJesus said,
"I am with you always."
But we know that we are not always with him; weare out busy about many things or occupied with ourselves. He said too,
"I call youfriends."
So we can turn to him any time during the day and there he is -- a friendalways with us.Prayer is just that. When we pray, we turn to Jesus to speak to him, to listen, or just tobe with Him for a while. The Father and the Holy Spirit are also with us always -- in fact,the Trinity dwells within us. We are never alone, nor need we ever think ourselvesfriendless and without support.We turn to God to praise Him for his greatness, to thank Him for what he has done, tobeg forgiveness for many things we have done or left undone, and to ask for what weneed. Sometimes we use our own words, but it is helpful too to use words that havebeen given to us by God through the Church. In both cases it is important that the heartand mind be engaged, that we think of what we are saying and mean it deeply. Prayer is a heart to heart communication, from our heart to the heart of the Holy Trinity.God is a good listener because he loves us. We will not be living completely asChristians -- or even as humans -- if we do not turn to him during the day, if we do notspeak to him, if we ignore this great friend.God, in his own words, is
"at the door knocking."
When we pray, we open the door andlet him come into the place where we live.Jesus often went off by himself to pray, and one day his disciples came to him and said,
"Lord, teach us to pray."
May the Lord teach us to pray; not just how to pray, but teachus to find time to turn away from the things that occupy us and turn to the One who isalways at the door … our friend who is always ready to listen, always ready to spendtime with us, always ready to help us.