Last week I shared some of my favorite podcasts. Today I’m going to talk about another one of them again because it’s about listening in prayer. the Gathering Place by Blessed Is She leaders Beth and Jenna is a delightful listen. This recent episode is about how the Lord is an active listener. Since this week on Transform Your Parish is all about listening, I had to conclude it with this podcast.
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If we’re going to transform our parishes and in turn transform the world, we need to begin by transforming our prayer life. We cannot give what we do not know or believe. Everyone is super busy, all the time – ministry life is like that. I remember. I get it. However, your ministry isn’t anything if your relationship with the Lord is lacking.
If you don’t have time for daily Mass or 15 to 30 minutes of quiet prayer in the Church in your day, then you need to cut something out. I know that sounds harsh, but I’m serious. If you’re work life is so busy you can’t give time to Jesus in prayer to grow in relationship, then you’re job is just a job and it’s not a ministry. There is nothing more important than your prayer life if you’re doing ministry in the parish. And everyone who works at the parish is doing ministry.
Some ideas to help your staff grow in prayer:
- Begin each day with a 10 minute reflection and discussion on the Gospel. Gather in the conference room 15 minutes before the office opens to read the Gospel, pray, and break open the word.
- Begin and end each day with Morning and Evening Prayer. It’s 10 minutes at the beginning and end of the day. If you’re worried that the office will be closed during that time, make it a parish-wide event where the staff leads. Have office hours begin “after morning prayer.”
- Attend daily Mass as a staff each day. Move your daily Mass to lunch and invite everyone in the parish, led by the staff, to go to Mass on their lunch break.
- Have Eucharistic Adoration one full day during the week with a staff member taking each hour. Double Win: Parishioners have more time in Eucharistic Adoration, and your staff has time in prayer with Jesus every week.
What does your parish staff do to pray together? How do you balance daily prayer with regular ministry?