Thursday, April 14, 2016

Thursday after Easter 2

Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ,
John 6:44-51

Faith. Jesus tells us that through our faith in Him, we will have eternal life. Sounds easy enough, right?
 Yet throughout our lives there are times that our faith can become weak. There will be trials and tribulations that can test and shake our faith in God. There will be times of spiritual dryness in which it is difficult for us to pray, and to feel God's presence.
 The answer to these difficulties is prayer. If it is difficult for us to concentrate or "get into" our prayers, then we must pray more. Prayer is a grace. Prayer is a gift from God. The more we pray, the closer we get to God, the more graces and strength we receive, and the stronger our faith will become.
 I find that I have two favourite types of prayer. The first is meditating on the mysteries of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection praying the rosary. The rosary is an incredibly powerful prayer and meditation which draws us into a very deep relationship and understanding of Jesus life on earth. My other favourite prayer is freeform prayer with Jesus. My favorite time to do this is while sitting in front of the Blessed Sacrament and silently praying and speaking with Jesus.
 Jesus is always ready to listen to our prayers, and our needs. All we must do is to open our hearts and allow Him to speak to us.

 Father Ed Bakker,
 Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
 Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne
 Launceston on Tasmania

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