Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter
• All the readings together
• Acts 18:9-18
• Psalm 47
• John 16:20-23
IF YOU WERE HERE THIS SUMMER FR. MARK'S HOMILY
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SUMMER 2014 DAY 5 AT IPF
Who is at IPF today:
• 169 seminarians for the 10-week Summer Program of Spiritual Formation
• 56 priest spiritual directors serving as spiritual directors during the seminarians' 8-day silent retreat
Today marks day five at the Institute for Priestly Formation 2014 summer programs. Today the seminarians conclude their first course, "Christian Prayer and Virtue," a course designed to teach the men how to pray. Today the men will unpack the following quote: "If our wanting is to be wholehearted it must be connected to the rest of reality.” (Robert Johann, Wanting What We Want) In this morning's class conversation, the men will learn more about the connection between prayer and virtue. Essentially we'll discuss how our experience of God during prayer has to impact the rest of our lives outside of prayer.
In addition, tonight the men will enter into silence and begin their 8-day silent retreat. During the eight days, the men will pray four times a day. Each prayer experience, lasting a full hour, begins with a specific Bible passage, centers on conversation with God, and ends with review of what happened during the hour. In addition to the four hours of prayer, the men will meet with their priest spiritual director for an hour of spiritual direction daily. Finally, each night at 6:30 PM there is a brief conference for all 169 seminarians, special guests, and spiritual directors. The conference offers encouragement around basics of the spiritual life relative to where the men may find themselves at this stage of the retreat.
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IF YOU WERE THIS SUMMER TODAY YOU WOULD PRAY WITH ...
Pray with the following passage from the Catechism:
"God calls man first. Man may forget his Creator or hide far from his face; he may run after idols or accuse God of having abandoned him; yet the living and true God tirelessly calls each person to that mysterious encounter known as prayer. In prayer, God's initiative of love always comes first; our own first step is always a response. As God gradually reveals himself and reveals man to himself, prayer appears as a reciprocal call, a covenant drama. Through words and actions, this drama engages the heart. It unfolds throughout the whole history of salvation."
— Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2567
Psalm 37:1-7 ... ask God to reveal the desires of your heart for Him and the desires of His heart for you.
PRAYER: PART 4 FR. SCOTT TRAYNOR
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