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April 1


 We begin in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 95 says, "Oh, that today you would listen to his voice!"

There was a time in life I prayed God would send me a letter. Or an email, text or write something across the sky. Then, I thought, I would surely know God's direction for my life. But that desire fed into the business of my life. I was scurrying around doing good things like school work, working a job, helping others, playing sports – but I was still busy.

And then it happened. A crossroads appeared on the pilgrimage. I had to make a life-changing decision. Which way should I go? Which path would be the best? Did God care which new journey I would embark upon? How would I know?

Pray. Of course. Maybe create a pros and cons list—that was not very helpful. Wise counsel from a mentor and friend was useful indeed. Sorting it out with my family, obviously. One saintly soul gently suggested I stop talking in my prayers and, instead, listen. To sit quietly in prayer was to kneel in prayer, to be steeped in prayer, she said.

It was a strain to find the proper time and setting for listening. To listen is to risk hearing a challenge, paying attention to the voice. What I heard was, "Place your stone in the river and be formed by the flowing water of the Spirit." Change is gradual.

We pray:

Lord, help our Lenten time be a time of gentle formation for us. Enable us to be open to the gentle shaping of your love as opposed to the harshness of the world. Amen.

This Daffodil Month we pray for those struggling with the harshness of cancer while tomorrow, World Autism Day, we keep in our prayers all involved in the spectrum of autistic relationships. This Sunday in our parishes we have a special collection for Development and Peace whose care ministry reaches across the globe.

We continue our day in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.