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Permission to Pray

As my companion was cleaning up the final things after her sessions in the chapel for confession for good news for camp, three girls who are taking summer classes came in.  The asked…

Can we, like, pray?

The answer was a simple yes.  They then, in the back, knelt down and prayed.

For some reason it took me a little by surprise.  These were not troublemakers, but nor did they seem to be the ones to just walk in a pray.  It made me smile that they would take some of the spare time they had and come into the chapel.  Maybe there is more hope in the youth of today than people tend to give them credit for.  This is why I work for youth.

Permission to pray, do we really need to ask for it?  Perhaps it is the fear of what others will think or maybe something else.  Everything we do should be prayer, so then do we need to ask for permission to move, to breath, to do anything at all, or even to just stay still doing nothing? 

Of course we can pray, just make everything a prayer in the heart.  Of course we can pray, God is waiting to hear from you.

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2011 in Inner Reflection, Living Salesian

 

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Prayer in the Morning Chill

Morning chill fills the air

On the short walk getting there

Wakes me up to prepare

To be in chapel in prayer

Each and every single day

I get up and go my way

Not a word I do say

Until I talk to Jesus and pray

Thought tired I always be

This morning routine securely

Gives so much possibility

Morning chill to prayer serene

Fills me, makes my soul clean

I want to stay in God’s scene

For on Him I will always lean

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2011 in Creative Corner

 

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Some Moments of Mary’s House

My ten months is completed.  They were some of the best months of my life that I have ever had.  The people are ones that I will never forget.  In packing up the last of my things there was a sadness from parting.   Mary’s House is not something very special to me.  I have noticed that when I do something of this type of time and/or nature, I put my whole self into its being.  This basically means that a part of me will be left behind at Mary’s House.  Sitting in the small Blessed Sacrament chapel this past Friday I cried.  What about?  I was not sure at first what it could be.  It then had dawned on me that I will miss that place very much and am leaving that part of me behind.  I never thought I would connect myself there as strongly as I have.  There have been the ups and the downs.  There greats and the definatly not so greats.

Program, oh my the program that we put out of there.  It is crazy and wonderful what happens at Mary’s house.  People come back again and again!  If I have not mentioned before, the theme this summer is “Everyday Families…Everyday Heroes.”  It was a wonderful theme!  Every year for the summer program, there is a Pecos Mime Dance as well as a Commitment dance that is done by the teens or young adults during two different prayer services.  Before leaving, I got myself a copy of the music so I can remember the dances.  It is so powerful and amazing.  I am hoping that next year, I can get some of the girls to do the dances for something.

Mary’s House is amazing and if you want to know more or check it out, please let me know.  It changed me in great ways and it could do that for you too.

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2010 in Inner Reflection, Retreat Experience

 

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