LET IT aLL sTART hERE
For Catholics who care...
“People are looking for love in all the wrong places, and they're thrilled to hear that somebody cares for them. And that's exactly what I'm saying: 'I care for you…. Can we pray together'?”
Have you had the inexplicable feeling that you should be doing something…but you don’t know what? Are you honest enough to admit to yourself that you haven’t really made a difference in anyone’s life lately... but you’d like to?
As Mother Teresa said: “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”
Why not decide right now to do some small thing that will have a great effect on a person’s life: Invite someone today to be your prayer partner.
You can choose the day and a time to meet in a church, in a park, or even on the back deck of your home. Create a ritual… light a candle, read a Gospel passage, or recite the words of an inspiring Saint. You can sing a familiar hymn together, or scribble an intention on a slip of paper and place it in the other’s hands. Try sharing your memories of what church was like for you; perhaps discuss prayer with your partner, and how each of you experiences God. Share your triumphs and tragedies…share your time and yourself.
But, by all means: Don’t refuse another's invitation to pray with them. The point is to step out of your comfort zone and do something for someone who might need your encouragement. Someone who desperately wants to find her way back to The Father, but does not know how to begin the journey.
Become trusting--as a child would be-- in letting your guard down, and invite someone to join you in prayer much the same way as you would have invited another kid to come and play during recess. No expectations. No rules; just a desire to be together, joyfully, as you guide each other toward God.
So, before you leave the Church this Sunday, choose a person you think might like to pray with you... and then go and ask.