PRAYER

When I ready myself to write Barbie’s Corner, I start by praying to the Holy Spirit to put the thoughts and words in my heart. Sometimes I find my own words and other times I am led to share the words of someone wise from a published source.

Over the course of the last few weeks, I have had many conversations and, as often happens, there have been two recurring themes.

The first is to “Let Go and Let God”. I have always been a planner and organizer and it brings me comfort to “have things in place” literally and figuratively. I’ve never been much of a New-Year’s-Resolutions kind of gal, but this year I asked God to put something on my heart that would help me be a better person for myself and for others. Be careful for what you ask. I realized it was time [in my words] to allow life to be more organic. I knew in my heart that God would not lead me astray and I could feel secure that, by trusting in His plan more freely, good things would happen.

This has been put to the test many times over (did I say MANY?) in the last few months. And every time I am challenged by this, I take a deep breath, say a prayer, and step back.

So very hard. But it’s getting a little easier each time.

Your challenge is probably something every different, but a very real challenge nonetheless. I think the secret is to involve God in the process. Every time. He’s not too busy for you. He’s there 24/7.

The second recurring theme is to Pray Intentionally. There are many kinds of prayer. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) says that “Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God.” CCC 2559. There is prayer of praise, intercessory prayer, prayer for forgiveness, thanksgiving.

I had the pleasure this week of meeting a new member of our parish family. When talking about the opportunities to lead a Life of Christian Stewardship, we discussed our parish ministries. I showed him a partial list of the active ministries in our parish and added that we have many more that are not listed. And I shared that some of our most fruitful ministries have come from the inspiration of a parishioner who has come to me with an idea and asked permission to pursue the possibilities. This is exactly how our Feed My People ministry came to be.

So very hard. But it’s getting a little easier each time.

Your challenge is probably something every different, but a very real challenge nonetheless. I think the secret is to involve God in the process. Every time. He’s not too busy for you. He’s there 24/7.

Less than a year after a visit by two very excited parishioners, we are serving 30 nutritious sack lunches every workday and distributing a “Pantry Pack” once a month to approximately 40 families with cooking facilities. What a blessing this has been to our parish and those we serve!

So, back to the new parishioner… When we first met, he shared that he wanted to give back to God through St. Mary’s. At the end of our meeting, I asked him to go home and pray INTENTIONALLY for God to put the answer/idea on his heart and that he’d be given clarity about how to be of service.

I trust completely (remember me… I’m being more organic now) that he’ll receive an answer. Might take awhile, but it’ll come.

I believe the answer, for me anyway, is to remember always that I’m not in this alone. I have been given the opportunity to do my best always for the Greater Glory of God. I’m no where close to perfect, but I know that God smiles on my efforts. And when I need direction or clarity (a lot!), I pray very intentionally. I have discovered that God has a sense of humor and likes riddles. So be sure to ask for clarity. Give it a try. I believe with hesitation that God will reward your trust.