Any Prayer, whether personal or community prayer has its own manifold positives. Although generally the elderly people follow the holy tradition piously, the present day generation, at times, more often than not, feel it is a waste of time, In our everyday life, a student understands the importance of homework and regular studies. So also, a sportsperson knows the worth of a daily dose of practice, without which, setbacks are bound to surface. In contrast, in our spiritual life, we tend to forget so easily.
Our Lord invites each one of us to lead a life of prayer so as to inculcate the values of discipline and perseverance in our day to day life. If we wish to grow in faith, we must, at all times, believe in the word of God and trust the Lord at all times. Saying our prayers and participating in the Eucharist, is learning about our religion, while living our life, by the teachings of the Lord, is practicing it. It is very important to develop an attitude of Christian values. Gandhiji, whose Jayanti, is celebrated on 2nd October, often attributed character to something as simple as a thought or a word, which developed into a deed or habit, ultimately turning to character. He often advised people that their every thought and work must spring from love and concern for all. As Catholics, we need to develop our character, attitude and faith. Once such an attitude is developed, it will last, irrespective of the events or circumstances in our life. Let us ask our Lord, to teach us to pray.
Many of our priests and nuns do a lot of Missionary work, working in remote, undeveloped villages, all over India and overseas as well. It’s a lot of dedicated work, done for love of God and part in this challenging life, full of sacrifices. Shortly, we will observe a Mission Sunday and the collections made that day, will be sent to the Missions.
Let’s be generous and contribute with open arms. Remember, it is in giving that we receive. Let us do our bit to reach out to those in need. In return, God will bles us abundantly.
Until we meet again.