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You may want to pray ahead of time about the coming Sunday's Mass. If so, this page is for you. “Getting Ready to Pray” is to help you quiet down and engage your imagination (not just your mind).

Getting Ready to Pray                     

We have been preparing more specifically this past week for the celebration of the spirit and liturgy of this great event.

Last evening we renewed our own baptisms as well as welcomed those who entered the community through their Baptisms or Profession of Faith.

This liturgy can be one of those at which or within which, we are oriented to experience joy, relief, unity, peace, more faith and hope, and always more closeness to God through Jesus.

Some Thoughts                     

The joy is that we are the found by the Divine Finder.

We can pray with whatever spirit is ours at any one time. There are no expectations, no “suppose-tos” in the spiritual life. There are wants, longings, emptinesses and fullness, but we pray always with where we are.

These next days we will hear of how Jesus was meeting his friends where ever he could find them. Some were lost some disappointed, and he met them and resurrected their spirits.

We pray to be found and that just might take the grace of accepting that we are lost at times and disappointed.

We pray for the grace of Easter joy. It is given so that we might find peace in being found and sent to untomb others by the One who was untombed.

The joy is that we are the found by the Divine Finder.

Larry Gillick, SJ

Larry Gillick, SJ, of Creighton University’s Deglman Center for Ignatian Spirituality, wrote this reflection for the Daily Reflections page on the Online Ministries web site at Creighton.

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