"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
We begin the day in morning prayer. It is the time of day when we can all be together as a community to begin the day with God. This year, we have been gathering around the flagpole at the front of the school. It is a little chilly in the morning, but we are so happy to be able to gather together, that it is worth being a bit uncomfortable. Last week, the students were able to close their eyes and experience meditative prayer. We slow down our breath and think deeply about our body and our connection to our minds as we ask for God to join us in our thoughts and our calm.
This week, we are praying openly with each other. The students have the chance to intentionally pray for someone who is hurting or who needs God to be with them. The students share their heart and worries with each other and we are able to send these intentional prayers to God.
On Friday, we will all be at Mass together and we will be able to praise God through prayer and singing. It is so beautiful to be in God’s house and thank God for His healing scripture and sacrificial love that each of us can receive.
But did you know that you can pray while you make a cake, or painting a picture? You can pray while you drink a cup of tea or hot chocolate. You can pray while you make your bed, brush your teeth or wash your hands. These movement prayers can be part of how we form our day. By adding prayer to our flow, we are able to connect our body, mind and movement into a spiritual experience that will certainly lighten our heart and ease our mind.
Prayers can be short like “Come Holy Spirit” or long like the Nicene Creed. They can be right off of the top of your head or a beloved prayer that is memorized that gives you solace. Prayers can be silent or said out loud. The most important thing to remember when you pray is that God knows your heart. He can hear how passionately you need Him and how much you want to be connected to Him. You are never alone when you know how to add prayer to your day. The power you have to help, heal, rejoice, give thanks, grow and protect is within each of us. So let’s use God’s power! Let’s pray!
Anne Atkin, principal