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St. Alban

Mt 6: 7-15

“When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

May I ask you something or may I tell you something?

There’s a 1973 children’s book called Richard Scarry’s Please and Thank You Book. My favorite section is “Lowly Worm’s Horrid Pests” featuring various “pests” like Selfish Pest who doesn’t share, Grabby Pest who takes things that don’t belong to him, and Interrupting Pest who is taught to “say politely, ‘May I ask you something?’ Or, ‘May I tell you something…?’” When I was little, I thought that regardless of whether I was asking something of, or telling something to, an adult, I had to say, “may I ask you something or may I tell you something?” as one gigantic phrase. Learning how to navigate relationships is hard. Children look to the adults in their lives to teach them how to verbalize their needs and wants, convey their gratitude, and engage in relationships with others.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus teaches us how to pray – how to deepen our relationship with God. He tells us not to be a “Noisy Pest,” and instructs us to express our gratitude, articulate our needs, and seek forgiveness in the simplest terms possible, because God “knows what [we] need before [we] ask him.”

Jackie Schulte is the Dean of Faculty Formation and a history teacher at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, NE.

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

Praying

It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch
a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.

—Mary Oliver, Thirst


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DAILY INSPIRATION

June 20, 2019

Scripture

St. Alban

Mt 6: 7-15

“When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 


Ignatian Reflection

May I ask you something or may I tell you something?

There’s a 1973 children’s book called Richard Scarry’s Please and Thank You Book. My favorite section is “Lowly Worm’s Horrid Pests” featuring various “pests” like Selfish Pest who doesn’t share, Grabby Pest who takes things that don’t belong to him, and Interrupting Pest who is taught to “say politely, ‘May I ask you something?’ Or, ‘May I tell you something…?’” When I was little, I thought that regardless of whether I was asking something of, or telling something to, an adult, I had to say, “may I ask you something or may I tell you something?” as one gigantic phrase. Learning how to navigate relationships is hard. Children look to the adults in their lives to teach them how to verbalize their needs and wants, convey their gratitude, and engage in relationships with others.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus teaches us how to pray – how to deepen our relationship with God. He tells us not to be a “Noisy Pest,” and instructs us to express our gratitude, articulate our needs, and seek forgiveness in the simplest terms possible, because God “knows what [we] need before [we] ask him.”

Jackie Schulte is the Dean of Faculty Formation and a history teacher at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, NE.

 


Prayer

Praying

It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch
a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.

—Mary Oliver, Thirst

DAILY EXAMEN

The Daily Examen is a prayer technique developed by St. Ignatius to help us reflect on the events of the day to discern God’s presence and direction. When Ignatius founded the Society of Jesus, he required the Jesuits to practice the Examen twice daily—at noon and at the end of the day. It’s a habit that Jesuits, and many other Christians, practice to this day.

The Examen structure presented below is adapted from a technique described by Ignatius Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises. Click here for more information from our partners in ministry at Loyola Press.

Daily Examen

1. Become aware of God’s presence

God, I believe that at this moment I am in your presence and you are loving me.

2. Review the day with gratitude

God, you know my needs better than I know them. Give me your light and your help to see how you have been with me, both yesterday and today.

3. Pay attention to your emotions

God, help me to be grateful for the moments when people have affirmed me and challenged me. Help me to see how I have responded, and whether I have been kind to others and open to growth.

4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it

God, forgive me for when I have not done my best or have failed to treat others well. Encourage me, guide me, and continue to bless me.

5. Look toward tomorrow

As I look to the remainder of this day, make me aware that you are with me. Show me how to be the person you want me to be.

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