How often do you eat as a family? I bet most of us would say not as often as we like or not as much as we did in my childhood. Why is that not a priority for our families anymore? How are we too busy or distracted to make it happen? If you live by yourself or are empty nesters, how often do you have a meal with others? I encourage you to dine regularly with others, whether it be with our family, friends, or strangers.
During these meals have meaningful conversations. Deepen relationships with those around you. Deepen your relationship with Jesus, deepen your understanding of what He did for you. Personally commit to daily meditation. Gather with a small group of families and friends who desire a deeper friendship with God and make it a priority to spend time with them.
Daily Rosary or Decade
Include the Daily Rosary or Decade in your life. Use the website dailyrosary.net as guide to help you commit. Then invite others to pray with you when you are gathering for a meal and having deeper conversations. Here is an example of what a gathering would look like.
It’s simple and beautiful. Gather in the kitchen for snacks and drinks. Then move to another room for a meal. Regular movement takes all the pressure off things becoming awkward. After the meal, invite them to another room to pray the Rosary. Invite everyone to express their prayer intentions. Then listen to the Rosary podcast and pray along or print out the transcript of the five-point meditation and read and pray or read something from the Bible or a Saint and pray the Rosary. Immediately following ask these questions: From the meditation, what was not surprising to you? What did surprise you? What is one thing that you would have the hardest time explaining to others? Talk about these things. Then have desert and drinks.
If you are planning a gathering, I would love to join as many as I can to help you along. Just call the office at 937-548-1616 or send me an email. --Fr. Matt
Here are some links for rosary helps: One decade https://www.schooloffaith.com/one-decade-rosary
Daily rosary https://www.schooloffaith.com/rosary-archive
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