April RCIA topics

Apr 3: God Calls Us to Pray

                      Presented by: Deacon Joe Knapp

Prayer –  The Heart of Our Relationship with God.

Neither theological knowledge nor social action alone is enough to keep us in love with Christ unless both are preceded by a personal encounter with him.  I have found that it takes time to catch fire in prayer. This has been one of the advantages of the Holy Hour. Sitting before the Presence is like a body exposing itself to the sun to absorb its rays.  In those moments one does not so much pour our written prayers but listening takes place.  The holy Hour became a teacher for me.  Although before we love anyone, we must have knowledge of that person, nevertheless, after we know, it is love that intensifies knowledge. (Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen)

Apr 11: Jesus Taught Us to Pray

               Presented by: Daryl Menke

The Gift: “Our Father”

Jesus prayed always. He prayed regularly in the synagogue and Temple. He prayed before the prediction of his of His Passion and during the Transfiguration. “While He was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white” (Lk 9:29). Jesus prayed at the Last Supper, in Gethsemane for a whole night. “He went up on the mountain by himself to pray” (Mt 1:;23). They noted that He prayed often. So much so the Apostles were so move that they asked Him to help them pray. He responded with what is known as the Lord’s Prayer. He also gives advice on how not to pray. “Do not be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on street corners so that others might see them. When you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your father who sees in secret will repay you. Don’t babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.   The Pharisee and the tax collector went to the temple to pray. The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, “O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity-greedy, dishonest, adulterous -or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income” The tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed. “O God, be merciful to me a sinner.” I tell you, for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted. (Lk 18:10-14)