On Fri, Sep 23, 2016
What a wonderful class we had last evening! It was so pleasant meeting everyone of you. Thank you all for coming. We hope that this week of meditations will be the beginning of a deeper relationship with our amazing and awesome God. We have just a few suggestions for you this week.
1) You should be using a Catholic Bible to read Fr. Mark’s meditation suggestions – one that is not a paraphrase Bible. There are quite a few versions of Catholic Bibles, from Douay-Rheims (one of the older translations) to the Jerusalem Bible, the New American Catholic Bible, the Catholic Prayer Bible, the Ignatius and others. A paraphrase Bible translates the Bible into more contemporary language and may miss the nuances which are so important. One of the paraphrase Bibles is the Catholic Living Bible. To read more about this topic go to: http://www.catholic.com/tracts/bible-translations-guide This article is by Catholic Answers, a good resource for many questions you might have about our faith. The Catholic Catechism is online as well. You can access it here: http://ccc.usccb.org/flipbooks/catechism/index.html
2) Remember that God is waiting for you. He has called you to a deeper and more intimate walk with Him. You came to the class last evening – that is a sure sign of God’s presence and call in your life.
3) It may take some time to obtain the results for which you are hoping, or the results may begin the very first time you meditate with Fr. Mark’s selections. Our God is patient and loving, and He is inviting us and helping us along our journey. Remember that most of us take little baby steps toward God. I know that I certainly have – there were even times when I have taken giant steps backwards!
4) You may have difficulty finding just the right time for your meditation. On some days, mornings may work; on other days, it will be evenings or afternoons. There may be some days that you may not find a time when you can be alone with the Lord – that happens to all of us. Remember that God appreciates every effort you make, even on those days when you have difficulty fitting the meditation into your schedule.
5) As we remarked last evening, some of Fr. Mark’s suggestions for meditation may not appeal to you. That is to be expected. We all have our favorites passages and books in the Bible, and even those favorites change over time. Some passages may not seem to have any relationship to your life. Don’t be discouraged if some of the meditations don’t “speak to you” – they may at some other time in your life. Some of Fr. Mark’s suggestions for meditation will speak powerfully to you. Give them all a try.
6) Here is my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org and my phone number: 512-259-1409. This is my home phone – it doesn’t accept text messages, so please leave a voice message, if I don’t answer. I will return your call. Here is Maggie’s information: email@example.com. Her phone number is: 512-713-8806. If she is not at home, please leave a message. Maggie will return your call as well. We are here to help you. If we don’t know an answer, we will find out for you, or suggest someone whom you can contact for help.
7) Steve, one of the other facilitators, has passed along a page of blessings which you may like. I have added that page as an attachment to this email.
We are looking forward to seeing you all again next Thursday evening. The class will start at 7 PM next week with the re-showing of the first video at 6:30 PM. If you are unable to make one of the classes, please let us know, if at all possible.
May God fulfill your greatest desire for a more intimate walk with Him. We are praying for each one of you. We hope that you will pray for us as well.