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Believe In Daily Prayer

Mahatma Gandhi

Search into the lives of successful people, no matter what their vocations in life, see the golden thread that runs through their lives.  By “successful lives”, we mean lives totally pleasing to God.  The golden thread comes to this; they talked to God each day.  In doing this, they lived with one foot in Heaven and one on earth.

Back in the 1940’s, Mahatma (Great Leader) Gandhi, the spiritual and political leader of India, led his country to independence from England.  In one hectic year in the 1940’s Gandhi declared a year of silent Mondays for his own personal prayer time.

On Mondays, he retreated to his country place, his ashram, to pray for God’s guidance.  On that day, he gave no interviews, held no meetings or gave no public speeches.  In past years, when I was tempted to give up prayer time for parish activities, I thought of Gandhi, my hero.  I prayed.

Jesus came to earth as our Messiah, our Savior, to rescue us from sin by His cruel death.  A second reason for coming was to show us how to live a happy, successful life.  He said, “Learn of Me”, begging us to walk in His footsteps.  In terms of prayer, what did He show us?

As often as He could Jesus would go off by Himself to a quiet place, sometimes in the mountains, to commune with His Heavenly Father.  He felt this need within Himself.  When He returned to His disciples, they noticed His serenity and increased determination to spread His Father’s Kingdom on earth.  “Teach us to pray”, they said.

Daily prayer can enrich our lives greatly.  How well if we felt this need within us, to spend time each day in sharing our lives with God.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

October 20, 2012 - Posted by | Bulletins | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Thanks Father George. Gandhi was a favorite of mine as well as he found ways to do the things that were important to make change as your message points out. A good idea for us all.

    Comment by Dan Tucker | October 24, 2012 | Reply

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