Lent Prayer

Last Sunday Deacon Ted emphasized the importance of listening to the Lord, especially as part of our Lent discipline. We live in a world of so much noise and distraction, it is often hard to find moments of quiet. Someone complained that the only time he can have time to himself without interruption is when he driving his car or when in the bathroom! Well, God can speak to us in any cirmcumstance--even in a traffic tie-up on I-5.

But hopefully we can do better than that in finding time alone with the Lord. Some people in our parish have done much better during this time of Lent. As a group they spent all Friday night and Saturday morning in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament in our Ailbe House Chapel. You could see the tiredness in the eyes as we celebrated a concluding Benediction Saturday morning. But each one said it was a most worthwhile and rewarding experience. If you are unable to spend a whole night in prayer, why not try to set aside one hour for prayer before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament? Most of us have little trouble find an hour a week for a TV program. We should, especially during Lent, be able to make that time for the Lord.

Of course the greatest prayer any of us can participate in the Mass. St. John Vianney expressed the value of the Mass in these words:

"Put all the good works in the world against one Holy Mass,
they will be as a grain of sand beside a mountain."

Sunday Mass is an obligation each one of us has because of the Third Commandment, "Keep Holy the Day of the Lord." Hopefully during Mass there will be moments when each person can communicate deeply with Jesus. Our choirs are a wonderful help in achieving that. This past week we had meetings with our lectors and eucharistic ministers to talk about the importance of their role in the celebration of the Sunday Mass. Also we now have six young men who are serving as "trained acolytes" to help with setting up the altar and purifying the sacred vessels, as well helping to guide the other altar servers.

To grow in your faith I would like to personally invite you to the Lenten Evenings of Recollections beginning this Tuesday (March 9). Fr. Englelbert Pilshofer, ORC, a missionary priest of the Work of the Holy Angels will be with us from Tuesday through Thursday. Also next Saturday morning at 9 a.m. we will be having a Mass for the Unborn. After it there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament till noon. During that time those who wish may come to pray before one of the abortion clinics in Seattle. It will be peaceful prayer asking God to change the hearts of medical personnel involved in performing abortions and to pray for moms who feel so abandoned that they are considering taking the life of their unborn child.

Lent is a time to remember that the greatest thing we can do for ourselves, our families and our suffering word is to listen to the Lord, to pray.

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