I'm a 36 year old IT Manager at a University in Providence, RI who is currently discerning a priestly vocation.

Speak to Me Now

Speak to Me Now

The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.
— Soren Kierkegaard

Brothers & Sisters,

As this prayer group winds down and enters its final week the one thing that continues to ring true over all else is that one needs to open their heart to the Lord in order to full start to developer their prayer life. Aimlessly wandering through the motions, not believing or understanding what one is doing will result in endless circles in the desert of spirituality. Growing in prayer is increasing the desire to know Him on a much deeper level. Being present within this moment, accepting His presence, and giving Him full attention is the only way to receiving that special gift of love He wants to share with us.

There should be a yearning in the heart that never goes away, and that grows every day. If the heart is open, then it is an invitation for it to be set on fire by Him. That is not the end though. That fire must be tended to always in order to assure that it continues to roar. One might find themselves with the fire slowly starting to go out, but as long as there is awareness around that, it should be easy to refresh that flame and keep it burning perpetually. Problems arise when one is not aware of the extinguishing of the fire. The veritable closing of one's heart to God whether in frustration, times of stress, or some other reason is a lack of awareness. One must be wary of the ebb and flow of all things within their life and then understanding when there is a need to slow down and take an inventory of the self. It is then easy to comprehend that one would never get to the point of extinguishment.

Allowing the fire to grow and supporting it through prayer, meditation, and contemplation will bear unimaginable fruit. One has to be open to the idea of letting God enter, remain, and be supported within their heart.

Yours,
Jeff

How is your heart?

How is your heart?

Get out of your own way

Get out of your own way