By Dana Doyle
On August 1, the teachers at Our Lady of the Lake in Mandeville were treated to a wonderful morning of reflection to kick off the school year. Jason Angelette, co anchor of Issues in Faith on WLAE and Co-Director of the Faith & Marriage Ministry of the Willwoods Community, inspired the faculty and staff with stories of hope and witness. His presentation focused on the gifts of the Eucharist and Reconciliation. Jason encouraged us to receive the sacraments as frequently as possible and to utilize the beautiful 24 hour adoration chapel that we are blessed to have on our campus. He helped the staff brainstorm ways to further increase the faith life of the students and the whole school community. Everyone left feeling refreshed and motivated!
One of the things that Jason stressed was the need for a personal prayer life – a time set aside each day to read the Word of God, to talk to God and to Listen. He reminded us that we cannot give what we do not have – that in order to DO, we must first learn to BE. This is very practical advice for which we can all benefit, no matter what we do for a living!
In a recent post on my blog, Catholic Working Mom– a gospel reflection for the feeding of the 5,000 – I listed 10 ideas for finding quiet time each day for prayer. Here’s the list:
- Get up 15 minutes early and read the readings of the day. Pray. Listen.
- Pop into the adoration chapel or a nearby church. Just sit in Jesus’ presence.
- Set a timer on your phone a few times a day. Put a prayer card in your pocket. When the timer goes off, Pray. Breathe. Listen.
- Take a walk on your break at work, or after work. Look at the beauty in nature around you – God’s incredible creation. Talk to God in your heart. Thank Him. Listen.
- Download the Laudate App. Use it periodically throughout the day! Play a rosary or divine mercy chaplet podcast when you lay down to sleep. Put your phone on your bedside table. Listen.
- Pray a scriptural rosary.
- Take a bath or long shower. Talk to God. Thank Him for the clean, warm water. Listen.
- Pull up a beautiful religious picture on your desktop. Put yourself in the scene. Meditate.
- Light a holy candle. Sit and watch the dancing of the flame. Think about how Jesus is the Light of the World – how He entered into the darkness of our world and illuminated it. Think about how you live your calling to be a light in this world. What might God be calling you to at this moment?
- Pick up a good, inspirational Catholic book – faithful to the Magisterium. Be inspired. Think. Pray.
Dana Doyle is a teacher and religion coordinator at Lady of the Lake School in Mandeville, a wife, a mother of three, an author and an avid blogger. Visit her blog, “Catholic Working Mom” at www.danardoyle.wordpress.com. Read more about this blogger here.