Effects of Prayer

This past Sunday the teens had an experience of prayer, a Holy Hour of Reparation to spiritually support the Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. The hour included some beautiful prayers to Jesus in the Tabernacle, Act of Faith, Act of Hope, Act of Love, Litany to the Heart of Jesus, and the Rosary.
After the Holy Hour, we moved over to the Community Center to discuss prayer:
  • Reparation: the making of amends for a wrong one has done, by paying money to or otherwise helping those who have been wronged.

EXAMPLE 1: JOB 1:4-5

“His sons used to take turns giving feasts, sending invitations to their three sisters to eat and drink with them. And when each feast had run its course, Job would send for them and sanctify them, rising early and offering sacrifices for every one of them. For Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” Job did this habitually.”
“Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”
We were reminded that in the Eucharist, we are reminded of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross, the greatest act of reparation for the good of the whole world. We watched a brief video on Eucharistic Adoration as a reflection of the beauty of being before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
So, what do we do – or how do we pray – when we are before Jesus?
We looked at one prayer process: ACTS, or 4 PILLARS OF PRAYER
  1. Adoration – Looking upon God with love;
  2. Contrition – Telling God we are sorry;
  3. Thanksgiving – Telling God all the good things He has done for us; and
  4. Supplication – Interceding for others.
We then asked the teens to describe how they can live each of these four pillars (give an example of each).
EXAMPLE 3: Moses, EXODUS 17:11-12
As long as Moses kept his hands raised up, Israel had the better of the fight, but when he let his hands rest, Amalek had the better of the fight. Moses’ hands, however, grew tired; so they took a rock and put it under him and he sat on it. Meanwhile Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other, so that his hands remained steady until sunset.
We did an exercise at the beginning of the session, requiring some team work, where some teens held there arms out in prayer form, while another teen or two supported them when they got tired. It was a reminder for us, that in our prayer, we do not always have to go alone, but we can – and we need to – ask others to pray for our intentions.
That is what Archbishop Coakley of Oklahoma City did when he was faced with a satanic group promoting a ‘black mass’ that took place at the Civic Center today. Archbishop Coakley asked for prayer and fasting to hopefully have the event cancelled, and for the protection of souls that might participate out of curiosity. It was spiritual warfare. The teens today participated in prayer today in union with the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, and the many Catholics there that gathered for Mass, Adoration, and Eucharistic procession, in prayer for their city and protection of souls. By our participation in the Holy Hour of Reparation, we helped Archbishop Coakley in the spiritual battle against evil. Well done!
Today’s Psalm Quote (From the Responsorial Psalm for Today’s Mass):

The LORD is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger and of great kindness.
The LORD is good to all
and compassionate toward all his works.

PSALM 145: 8-9
Lastly, a thank you to the parents who have volunteered as mentors! This role helps us to ensure better participation by the teens, and to ensure our teens are grasping the material. I am still in need of a few more. Please prayerfully consider helping.
United in Prayer! 

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