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November 2013

My dear friends,

What our world needs now, is prayer.

I came across these wise words from a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. I know it is long but it is really worth the read.

God Bless,

Mrs. Kathy Behrens

 By Katie Klee Ď12

 Stress, anxiety, boredom -- these are a few of the symptoms I associated with the act of prayer for a long period of my life. In a word, my feelings toward prayer were negative. I had always heard that prayer was a good thing in the life of a Christian, and I often made attempts at it, but for some reason I never seemed to connect with God in prayer. Eventually, I found that I experienced these feelings because I did not think I needed God nor did I have to rely on God for any reason -- I had my friends and family. I thought I knew myself well enough to know what I needed most and who I needed most. Neither of these included God. But one of the most troubling questions I came back to again and again was this: I know I believe in God and hope for heaven, but why does God seem like such a distant reality?

Then, after several courses as a theology major at Notre Dame, I learned a lot about a guy named Jesus Christ. I also learned that Jesusí plan of attack toward all parts of life is this: prayer. Jesus prayed for others, with others, alone, in nature, with persistence, and with trust in Godís will. But above all, Jesus prayed frequently, in all situations. Why? Because Jesus knew he was of God; Jesus knew he was sent from God, belonged to God throughout the entirety of his earthly dwelling, and was destined for God after death. As such, he knew that only God could give his life purpose, truth, and guidance. Only God could truly move him to act, think, pray, console, preach, heal, and even die with faithfulness.

Itís the same for us. If truly we believe weíre created by God and have the desire for eternity with God in heaven, that does not make our time on earth irrelevant. Dorothy Day, a social activist, Catholic convert, and co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement, says in her autobiography, The Long Loneliness, ďWe must live this life now. Death changes nothing. If we donít learn to enjoy God now we never will. If we do not learn to praise God and thank God and rejoice in God now, we never will.Ē As believers, all of our actions on earth and the ways we love in this life will decide if we will live with God forever.  But we need God to show us how our lives are meant to be lived if we desire eternal life with God. That is why we need prayer. We need prayer because then the One who made us, whom we praise and call upon on earth, the One whom weíre destined for, suddenly is not so far away. By calling on Godís name God is right by our side showing us how to be close now and for eternity. God is not far away, not with prayer.

Do you want to know what gave Christ the strength to endure all he encountered? Do you wish God would help you get where you want to be? Would you like God to speak to you more directly? Have you ever desired guidance in a confusing time, hope in a desperate time, or peace when your world is trembling? Have you ever wanted to express gratitude for the sunset, a meaningful conversation with a friend, or for the gift of your life? Do you wish you felt a little closer to God? Then perhaps look at prayer this way: prayer is the act of making transparent the reality of heaven on earth by entering into communion with the divine at the present moment.

Does heaven seem like a reality too far removed from this life? Pray. Let God in now. God knows your deepest desires, fears, and wounds, so let God guide you close through those parts of yourself. Learn to live and rejoice in the wisdom, grace, and goodness of God now. If we donít now, we never will.

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