Opening the Door to Jesus
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, [then] I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20
Jesus is knocking on our door, asking us to talk with him, to have a relationship with him. He’s inviting YOU – yes, YOU personally, into a personal relationship and conversation with him. Prayer is one way we open the door to Jesus, says Pope Francis. We cannot know Jesus and God’s will until we talk with Him and spend time with Him. In praying to God, we can better understand His will and His mission for us as the Church. We can better understand how He lived and the great gift of salvation He gave us. We can be better formed into missionary disciples, alive with joy and dedicated to sharing this wonderful gift with others. As the Body of Christ, we can have a relationship with our bridegroom, our Savior.
How do we pray? Through specific prayers, by asking for his guidance and sharing your hopes and concerns with Him, by just lifting up a difficult task to God, by kneeling before him in adoration, by attending daily Mass, by reading His Word. There are many different ways to pray and have a conversation and relationship with our Savior. There are many ways a parish, a school community and a family can cultivate an atmosphere of prayer and a deep relationship with our Savior. Check out this prayer toolkit for some of the ways you can start to have a deeper relationship with Christ right now.
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Establish a group of parishioners dedicated to deepening your parish’s spiritual life.
Encourage weekday Mass attendance by promoting Mass times, including times convenient for commuters.
Family Friendly Confession Times
Organize confession times so the whole family can come.
Encourage parishioners to take time before the Blessed Sacrament each week to pray for their needs, their parish community and the Church of Pittsburgh
Bishop Zubik’s Prayer for On Mission for The Church Alive!
Join the Diocese of Pittsburgh in praying for On Mission for the Church Alive!
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten, inspire and guide your parish community to “go forth and grow The Church Alive!”
Pray the Rosary for the intentions of On Mission for the Church Alive!
Divine Mercy Chaplet
Ask God to bestow his mercy on our Church and our local communities.
Liturgy of the Hours
Join in the official prayer of the Church and offer it for On Mission for the Church Alive!
Lectio Divina with Scripture
Meditate slowly on a passage of scripture or other spiritual text, identifying specific words or phrases that touch your heart.
Quiet Prayer with Icons
Lift your mind from things of this earth to things of heaven by praying with icons.
Offer a Mass for healing at your parish.
Neighborhood Prayer Walk
Take your faith to the streets in your local community with a neighborhood prayer walk.
Taize Prayer Service
Organize a meditative experience of prayer that combines silence and chant.
Evening of Praise for On Mission for the Church Alive!
Organize a festival of praise for On Mission for the Church Alive!
Evening of Recollection
Set apart an evening to gather together as a parish community and reflect together on the mission of the Church.
Evening on Ignatian Spiritual Exercises
Offer your parish an overview of St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises.
Form small discipleship groups to enhance formation, education and evangelization.
Equip Catholics for their mission of evangelizing others through the ChristLife Program.
Cultivate and promote the spiritual life of the family in the home, school, and parish.