- In the Gospel reading for Sunday, we learn the prayer that Jesus taught us, the Lord's Prayer. Sometime during this week, use the Lord’s Prayer as part of your before-meal prayer. Join hands around the table when you pray it.
- Pray the Lord's Prayer slowly and meditatively. Talk about what each petition means to you. Remind family members that this is the prayer Jesus himself taught us to pray. Express to your children the value of praying together as a family, as a community of believers, and as individuals. Remind family members that praying does not mean always asking God for something. Sometimes it means being silent and listening to what God is speaking to you.
- Make a prayer list for your refrigerator door. Ask everyone to add their requests to the list. Include these intentions in your family prayer.
- Talk about what members of your family pray for. Other than personal matters, does anyone pray for the welfare of your parish, town, state, or nation? Why or why not? Do we really believe our prayers make a difference? Does anyone have examples of how prayer has made a difference in his or her life?
Reflect on how the Lord teaches us how to pray in this weekend's gospel.
Choose one of the following activities as a way to further reflect on the Sunday readings as a family:
On July 22nd the Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene. This day was recently elevated from an optional memorial to a feast. Learn more about this saint below:
I response to acts of violence in the United States and around the world, the Knights of Columbus have asked us to pray St. Francis of Assisi's Prayer for Peace. You can use the musical version below for meditation:
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