Pastor's Corner Sep 22 2019

So far, in the quest for a solid prayer life we have established that:

-Prayer life is a necessity. It is not optional. With-out it, virtue is impossible. "Without Me, you can do nothing".

-Prayer life must be practical and regular. It must be structured within our day, or else it is nothing but a nice thought.

-Prayer life must be fed by daily spiritual reading. If prayer is the flame of an oil lamp, spiritual reading is the oil that feeds the flame.

-Prayer is an act of faith that connects me with God. It is an answer in faith to God's call.

Continuing on the subject of mental prayer, we de-fined it as "a silent elevation and application of our mind and heart to God".

According to the method of St. Francis de Sales, as we have seen, the first step is to call to mind the pres-ence of God.

Calling to Mind the Presence of God

St Francis de Sales tells us: "Start all prayer by the presence of God. Keep this rule without exception and you will shortly see how profitable it is". "God is eve-rywhere, but very specially inside your heart and in the depth of your soul. He gives it life like the heart of your heart, the soul of your soul." This is an act of Faith: I am taking Christ at His word when He spoke of making His abode in us. This can take a few minutes, but it is essential, and it gets me "in the zone" to start praying properly. It's a way by which we can do our part in making sure we're not just saying pray-ers at God.

Following calling to mind the presence of God is the invocation.

The Invocation

This makes sense. Once we acknowledge that God is present, the next step will naturally be to speak to Him, to implore His help. St. Francis encourages us at this stage to prostrate our souls before God and to use short and ardent words or phrases from scripture that convey such sentiments.

The step following the invocation is a meditation on a mystery.

Pick a mystery

"This is simply to picture in imagination the entire mystery you wish to meditate on as if it really took place here before us." "By such imaginative means we restrict our mind to the mystery on which we meditate so that it will not wander about, just as we cage a bird or put a leash on a hawk so he can rest on our hand."

To be continued…

A few announcements:

-Please keep in mind that according to FSSP stand-ards, this parish is a 3 priest parish. This means that when only one priest is present, the schedule must be modified to make it viable as duties and responsibili-ties are increased while the manpower is decreased.

-The priests here at St. Joseph will never ask for money/funds over emails or texts. If you receive any requests, they are fraudulent scams.

-Fr. Franco will be on pilgrimage and recollection from September 26th through October 4th. The schedule will be a bit different-please check the bul-letin and be mindful that there will not be confes-sions during Sunday Masses. Please plan according-ly.

-Thank you for the steps taken to improve the super-vision of your children on the premises—we are moving in the right direction. Please keep at it.

- Please be assured of my prayers for you and your families, especially at the Altar of Our Lord.

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