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1% Challenge

What is the Challenge? 

It is very simple, commit to spend 15 minutes a day in personal prayer with God’s Word.

Why Take the challenge? 

It can TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE! Daily prayer gives us the opportunity to grow in our personal relationship with God. This relationship gives us strength to carry out our daily tasks as a follower of Jesus Christ. St. Mother Teresa, a witness in our time to living faith in action tells us, “My secret is simple… I PRAY!” 

How do I pray with God’s Word? (Lectio Divina)

Read: Read the passage slowly, possibly out loud, listening for a word, phrase, or image that standouts out to you, that God might be calling to your attention. Repetition is good; re-read passage 2 or 3 more times. 

Reflect: Let you mind ponder the passage or the word/phase/image that stands out to you. Think about the setting imaging the event, put yourself in the story as one of the by-standers or main characters. 

Respond and Resolve: Begin a conversation with God. Talk to God as you would a trusted friend. Ask God to show you how this passage applies to you and where you need his renewal in your life. If appropriate, write down an application to your life from your mediation.  Ask God to empower you to live it out. 

Rest: Words in prayer are helpful and necessary, but as in any close relationship silence is also important and necessary. Spend a few minutes in restful silence, allow God room to work in you in ways that you may not perceive. 

Where do I start?

Do the 30 Day kick start! Cards available in the parish office.

Where do I find more resources for my prayer? 
Daily mass readings

Word on Fire, a reflection from Fr. Robert Barron