Monthly Archives: January 2017

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Finding Time to Pray

Day after day in our busy schedule, we don’t find time to pray. For those, who ask a question within, “How can I find time to pray?”, here is a witness of a young woman, Ruth Baker, who suggests 8 ways, to find time to pray. Ruth Baker, 26, loves running, wild camping and writing. She is currently studying Creative Writing at University:

Firstly, investigate if you have the balance in your life right. If it’s a that your prayer life suffers, then start by looking at whether you have the balance right. Your personal relationship with God should come first in order that you can best share His love and mercy to others.

  1. Begin simply.!!! Commit to something each morning: Reading one psalm slowly and carefully or meditating on the day’s Gospel, just start your day with a prayer. Don’t worry if you can’t spend loads of time start small and if you do it with sincerity, your prayer time will deepen.
  2. Utilize your smartphone. Your smartphone is great, though for praying when you are busy or traveling. Using apps like “Laudate” or “Prayer” you can have all the prayers at your fingertips, including the Liturgy of the Hours. In fact, any time you use a prayer app, put your phone on airplane mode so you are not interrupted with phone calls or emails coming through.
  3. Pray a decade “on the go”. The Rosary is perfect for times when we are busy! Whether you’re driving in the car, on public transport, eating your lunch, a quick decade does not take long.
  4. Give your day and work as a gift. Everything you do is an opportunity to give to God in prayer. You can just say in your heart: “Lord, I give you this moment, this task, this job, it’s all for you.”
  5. Set a time each day very briefly, pause and put yourself in God’s presence. Create an alarm on your phone or watch so you don’t forget. Whether it’s at your desk, on the way to your next appointment, parked in your car, or a moment before a session begins, shut your eyes and simply be with Him.
  6. End your day with the “Examine”. During this time, ask God to show you where He was in each moment of your day.
  7. Schedule “longer” time for personal prayer once a week. Whether it’s an hour in Adoration or some quiet time in your room, this is your chance to give all of your weeks to God and really spend some quality time with Him.

God bless you,

Fr. Arul Joseph V.


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Taking Active Participation in the Mass

You or any of your family members may have been a little while since you last went to Mass. If you think, why to go for Mass regularly, just think that God wants you to grow in his life, which he imparts through the Body and Blood in the Mass. Here are some suggestions for participating in the Mass actively:

Prepare yourself in Advance

Preparation is very important before leaving for Church. Wear a good and decent dress, as you would prepare yourself to go for an important event. If you have time, read the Gospel either through the internet or from the Bible at home, it will help you.

Try your best to arrive at the Church with some time to spare

As you choose your place in the pew, take a Misallette and mark the page for the Readings and the parts of the Mass.

Take active participation

The Mass is a celebration wherein you are expected to take active participation. Hence instead of being a static watcher of the event, say all the responses and sing from your heart. The postures of standing, sitting and kneeling help you to focus on the importance of what is taking place on the altar. What is more important for active participation is to bring all the bad and the good of your life and lay them on the altar to be offered with the gifts of bread and wine.

Children are welcome too

Even if the children may be crying in the Church, don’t worry. Let the children be as they are. But you pay attention not to play with them and disturb others, who are participating in the Mass. I have seen some parents who bring their older children with a kids’ Bible story book. It is a great way to engage the children, while you are participating in the Mass.

Holy Communion As you are going to receive the Holy Communion, invite Jesus into your heart. Having received the Body and Blood of Christ, spend some time to thank him for all his gifts and new life. Remember to receive the Holy Communion in a state of grace. If you feel not in this state, you can either make a sincere Act of Contrition and receive the Communion and at the next

As you are going to receive the Holy Communion, invite Jesus into your heart. Having received the Body and Blood of Christ, spend some time to thank him for all his gifts and new life. Remember to receive the Holy Communion in a state of grace. If you feel not in this state, you can either make a sincere Act of Contrition and receive the Communion and at the next opportunity, you are obliged to make the Sacrament of Confession. If you still feel that you don’t want to receive Communion, you may remain in your pew in prayer.

Finally, Having received the Holy Communion, don’t just rush off out of the Church. Wait till the Mass is over with the final blessing. Finally, even if you feel that you cannot participate perfectly, don’t worry, God knows all our imperfections. You have come to Church to worship Your Lord and God and He certainly has blessed you. Leave the Church with peace of heart and mind.

Having received the Holy Communion, don’t just rush off out of the Church. Wait till the Mass is over with the final blessing. Finally, even if you feel that you cannot participate perfectly, don’t worry, God knows all our imperfections. You have come to Church to worship Your Lord and God and He certainly has blessed you. Leave the Church with peace of heart and mind.

God bless you,

Fr. Arul Joseph V