WEEKLY SERMON: 6 JANUARY 2013

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PRAYER….IT’S NOT JUST FOR CHURCH ANYMORE….

As the Cleric for a rather largish ‘parish’ here in the cyberworld, and those who are not as well, I do A LOT of praying. One of the biggest things I see around me is a certain ‘falling away from’ praying.

Some see prayer as a bore…or as outdated…or embarrassing….or even a nuisance…but the truth of the matter is, they just do not want to do it because they feel that somehow ‘God is not listening’.

I am here to tell you that the truth is FAR SCARIER than that….GOD IS ALWAYS LISTENING. He knows WHY you will not pray..He knows your heart, mind, and inner soul. You cannot expect a prayer to be answered if you only pray in times of distress, or suffering! Not praying for the small victories in your life, or when you START to feel low is like not buying an umbrella when you live in the rainforest! (where it rains almost 8 months out of the year..hence RAINforest)

Saint Padre Pio (a personal hero of mine) once said “”Prayer is the best weapon we have; it is the key to God’s heart. You must speak to Jesus not only with your lips, but with your heart. In fact on certain occasions you should only speak to Him with your heart.”

And he also once was quoted as saying “Prayer is the oxygen of the soul.”

You have a direct phone line to God…every time you ring His number with a prayer, HE ANSWERS….possibly not in a way YOU would want, but DEFINITELY in a way you NEED.

What kind of God gives everyone what they want? If this were the case, we would have ALL won the lottery! đŸ˜€

Instead, He subtly sends the help requested through various means….that rent that is due, maybe He sends understanding into the landlords heart to give you a little more time…..or that death you are grieving over…maybe He sends someone you trust to comfort you.

Now, I have been praying for a good number of people lately…illness, death, financial woe, sorry..etc…and I can tell you from personal experience that if you simply TALK to God, as if talking to a beloved Father or Uncle, you WILL receive the answers you seek. NO ONE ,outside of a few belief systems, says prayer has to be a “formal” worded essay! Saint Teresa of Avila once said “Prayer is you talking to God…no technicalities, no formalities..just you, talking to God”

So, if you do not pray and thank Him when things are going GOOD in your life, how can you expect Him to listen when BAD things happen??

Try it some time…just sit there, open up your heart, pour out your thanks…or pain…or sorrow…or joy…and actually TALK to Him.

I know when I DO, I FEEL His presence…almost palpable…like a gentle hand on my shoulder as if to say “I am here, my servant…what would you ask of me?”….give it a try…pray and see if what I say is not true…what have you got to lose???

Peace be with you all…<3

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READING OF THE DAY 6 JANUARY, 2013

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“Brothers and sisters: You have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for your benefit,

(namely, that) the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly earlier, which was not made known to human beings in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit,

that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body, and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.” -Ephesians 3:2-3a.5-6.

SAINT OF THE DAY 6 JANUARY, 2013

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Saint Brother André Bessette
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(1845-1937)

Brother André was born Alfred Bessette on August 9, 1845, in Quebec, Canada. By the age of twelve, André and his siblings were left orphans-their mother died of tuberculosis, and their father had died three years earlier in a lumbering accident. Though he was barely able to read or write, André was forced to leave school and learn a trade. For thirteen years he labored in various industries despite his own frail health.

In 1870, he entered the Congregation of Holy Cross and was assigned as the doorkeeper of the community’s high school in Montreal. There he welcomed the sick and suffering of the city and encouraged them to pray to Saint Joseph, to whom the Holy Cross Brothers were dedicated by their founder, The Venerable Basil Moreau, C.S.C. Brother AndrĂ©’s visitors often found that they had been healed of their illnesses and received other spiritual favors. Brother AndrĂ© became known as the “Miracle Man” of Montreal, but he always gave the credit to Saint Joseph.

So many people came to call on Brother AndrĂ© that he built a small chapel to Saint Joseph across the street from the school. Through AndrĂ©’s determination and prayer, and the generosity of his many friends, the great Oratory of Saint Joseph began to rise on Mount Royal. Today millions of visitors still come to the Oratory to pray to Saint Joseph and to Blessed Brother AndrĂ©, and to seek physical and spiritual healing.

Brother André died on January 6, 1937 at the age of 92. This simple man of prayer was so beloved, that more than a million people attended his funeral in a blinding snowstorm. His body lies in the beautiful basilica he built in honor of St. Joseph.

He was beatified by Pope John Paul II on May 23, 1982. In his homily that day, The Holy Father said this of Brother André:

“A daily crowd of the sick, the afflicted, the poor of all kinds-those who were handicapped or wounded by life-came to him. They found in his presence a welcome ear, comfort and faith in God. Do not the poor of today have as much need of such love, of such hope, of such education in prayer?”

He was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on October 17, 2010.