Equipping the Domestic Church/ISSUE 97/10.16.22

How Should We Pray?

In next week's Gospel, we are challenged by the parable of the Pharisee and Tax Collector. One man went into the temple and prayed about himself, while judging others. The other man went to the temple with such great humility, all he could ask for was God's mercy. This parable encourages us to consider our own life of prayer. When we consider the time we spend with God, how honest are we with God (and ourselves) about our own sinfulness? Are we humble enough to go before the Lord, in prayer, and ask for God's amazing gift of grace? How might your love and trust in Jesus grow, if you spend more time in this type of prayer? The easiest way to begin is with a simple prayer called The Jesus Prayer: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner."


The story of Zacchaeus, which you will hear at Mass on October 30, is about a man who realized that his life could be changed by Jesus. Every time we receive the Body of Christ, our hope is that it will do the same for us. With Jesus within US, we can be better versions of ourselves. This week, live the Eucharist by thinking about how drawing your life closer to Jesus might change it for the better.



Click on the link below for the readings that you will hear at the Sunday Mass for the coming two weeks. This will give you a chance to prepare your heart and mind for full and active participation in Mass this weekend! For a Mass schedule in our diocese click on the grey button below.

Sunday Readings:

Family Stories: Here are some stories about prayer:

loved: The Lord's Prayer by Sally Lloyd Jones

The Examen Book: Exploring Every Day with God by Paul Mitchell

How Can I Pray? by Steph Williams


Focus on FORGIVENESS and MERCY with these writing activities!


Listen to this podcast with Joel Stapanek on the virtue of humility!

What is Humility? Ordinary Time 22C (Catholic Kids Media)
Focus on These Virtues If You Want to Grow Closer to Christ (feat. Fr. Gregory Pine, O.P.)


Do you have a prayer corner in your house? Some place where you might place a cross, a Bible, and other ways for you to connect to Jesus? Striving to be changed by Jesus like Zacchaeus, or better our prayer life like the tax collector in the parable with the Pharisee are both great faith goals! A prayer corner can remind us to work toward those goals every day!

Here are some simple steps suggested by The Catholic Company!


Prayer for the Embrace of Humility

Lord, I know that humility is good and is therefore good for me. I know that I must choose this virtue and so I do choose it. Please help my mind, heart, will, emotions and my entire being to be open to the beauty of this glorious gift. Help me to become convinced, with every fiber of my being, that humility is the foundation for a life of holiness and happiness. Soften my heart, purify my desires, and bring light to my mind, dear Lord. Give me the grace I need to choose to embrace the glorious gift of humility. Jesus, I trust in You.

Follow the blog post below that encourages you to create your own Litany of Humility with what you struggle with. The original Litany of Humility was written by Cardinal Rafael Merry del Val in the 19th century.


Here are some games that help break open the topics of humility and forgiveness with your kids! Great topics for this editions Gospel stories!


Our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit according to the Scriptures. Here are ways you can keep the bodies, minds, and spirits of your family well!

Fall is here, and the weather is turning colder! Here are some tips for getting your family's immunity systems ready for the colder months to come!

  • Get sufficient sleep; it's darker earlier so go to bed early!
  • Drink plenty of fluids but avoid sugary drinks
  • Exercise regularly (at least 30 minutes a day can boost your immune system!)
  • Avoid overheating your home; that can dry out your mucous membranes!
  • Spice up your foods with cinnamon, cloves, mustard, oregano, and other spices that have antimicrobial properties. These can boost your immune system along with your veggies!

Teachable Moment!

Encourage kids to feel comfortable admitting their mistakes by setting an example in admitting your own errors. It is unnecessary and possibly detrimental to keep up a false front of perfection in front of your kids. It won't make you less of an authority figure or less admirable and it may help them to understand a lot more about the journey of growth we all take in learning from mistakes and choosing to do better next time! When we say, "I was wrong; can you forgive me?" our kids learn the value of forgiveness and mercy and will feel closer to you!


Prostration: The photo above, in the "PRAY!" section, shows an image of a deacon lying prostrate. The prostrate position of prayer is made by lying flat on the floor with the legs together, and the face to the floor. The hands are crossed underneath the forehead to form a place where the head can be rested.

Prostration is a position of total humility and penance. It is made by deacons when they are to be ordained as priests. You will see the Priest lie prostrate on Good Friday.


Here are some questions to get kids talking and thinking about humility and drawing closer to God:

  • Did saints ever make mistakes?
  • How do I know God loves me even when I sin?
  • What does it mean to act humbly? Can I think of an example of being humble?
  • When does pride become a sin? Can I be proud of myself?
  • What did Jesus and Zacchaeus talk about at his house that day?
  • How might Zacchaeus have lived differently after meeting Jesus?
  • What are good things to pray about every day?

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Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester

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