DeColores, Recently I had the wonderful weekly opportunity to share with Al Martella and a regular group of men who have been on a conference call weekly since the Pandemic began. It is truly enriching. Today Al asked each of us to share how we are coping with the pandemic personally! The responses were heartfelt, emotional, personal and prayerful. I was the last speaker, the clean up “batter” so to speak. I based my thoughts on the Tripod (Piety, Study and Action) My first step in coping with this is to continue and strengthen my own prayer life… I attend 2 weekday Masses and one on Sunday and made myself useful by assisting the Church team in organizing the return to Church effort. I start my day with morning prayer, and do a good amount of spiritual reading. I try to go out of the house and sit in a park, by the complex pool or outside of Dunkin Donuts (cannot give up that first Cup!!) I am reading the biography of John Paul 2! It is 1000 pages and I read it as
Read a wonderful article from The Monitor regarding Father David Swantek and 13 of his Princeton University students walking the Camino de Santiago during Spring Break 2014. Each of them did palanca Father Swantek said. "Each carried a pyx with names and intentions of classmates, alumni, relatives, (and) people of our Diocese in them. They served as a physical, tangible reminder of how, when on pilgrimage, we carry others with us and offer up our suffering and prayers on their behalf.” The article, Princeton University students devote recess to prayer o n the TRENTON MONITOR at this LINK.
What a joy it was to see all those who were able to join us on the Zoom call last evening for School of Leaders. Each time we gather, no matter the medium, we are given a chance to learn and grow from each other. We open ourselves to what God has for us, wants to tell us and give us though our time with each other and the talks. Each talk touches on similar but different aspects of the theme for the time. And the Holy Spirit does what the Spirit does and brings the talks together. But in addition to that is the chance for those in community to respond to the talks, ask questions, seek clarification, and deepen the discussion with their own experiences and resources that have discovered, and last night was no different. Last night, the idea of praying our most well known prayers; The Our Father, The Hail Mary and others, using different words was presented. What a wonderful way to break open a prayer, to really reflect on what the prayer means. We also were told