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www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC February 9, 2018 3 I n my last message, I reflected on the expres- sion of prayer known as meditation. In this message I wish to offer a simple method for meditating. Above all, it is important to keep in mind that prayer is not the method. Prayer is not just going through the steps, but rather a loving encounter with God. Any method we use to meditate has as its purpose disposing our hearts for the loving encounter with God. Thus, you do not have to go through all of the following steps. If a step is not necessary, skip it. Some steps may be repeated throughout the prayer time if necessary. Use this method only to open up your heart to the gift of prayer that God wants to give to you. First, let us examine some preparations before we begin our prayer time. Take time for medita- tion each day. A consistent time is helpful. If we say we will fit prayer in our day when we can, that time usually never comes! The amount of time should be significant, but not so long that it is burdensome for someone beginning to meditate. At least 15 minutes is a good block of time for beginners. Choose an appropriate place for prayer where you can be alone and free from distractions. Choose a posture that is comfortable, but not too comfortable, so that you may still be attentive. Choose something to read to begin the meditation, such as a passage from Sacred Scripture or spiri- tual writings of the saints, etc. While going to the place of prayer, call to mind what you are about to do. Enter the place of prayer. A gesture of reverence may be helpful as a reminder of Gods presence. Quiet yourself. Per- haps take a few deep breaths. Silence is a neces- sary disposition for meditation. As you begin to meditate, read the material for meditation and use your mind and imagination to arouse love for God. For example, imagine your- self present in the scene from the Gospel you are considering, seeing it happen as if you were a par- ticipant yourself. Ask reflective questions about the Scripture passage. What is God saying to me? How would I put this passage into practice in my life? As you are reflecting on the passage, recall that St. Teresa says: The important thing is not to think much but to love much; do, then, whatever most arouses you to love. At this point in the meditation, respond to God with love. This is the heart of meditation, a con- versation with Jesus, a loving encounter with God. Prayer is not the imagining or reasoning but the encounter with God. The loving conversation with God should be in ones own words. The conver- sation is expressed silently (words that are not expressed out loud) and interiorly (by sentiments of the heart). There can be moments of silence and simple loving attention to God in the conversa- tion. To close the time of meditation, thank God for the privilege of spending time with him. Make res- olutions about how God may be calling you to live differently. Then finally, take leave of our friend, Jesus and be mindful of his presence throughout the day. (USPS 916-360 ISSN 10634525) THE U.P. CATHOLIC The Newspaper of the Diocese of Marquette Publisher: Most Rev. John F. Doerfler Editor: John Fee Assistant Editor: Jamie Gualdoni Advertising Manager: Deacon Stephen Gretzinger Administrative Assistant: Sheila Wickenheiser Direct all news, correspondence and changes of address to: 1004 Harbor Hills Drive, Marquette, MI 49855-8851. Postal authorities direct Form 3579 to: 1004 Harbor Hills Dr., Marquette, MI 49855. The U.P. CATHOLIC is the official publication of the Diocese of Marquette. All notices and regulations, appointments, assignments, etc., issued under the caption 'Official' are to be regarded as official communications of the Diocese of Marquette. 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FOR CHANGE OF ADDRESS or SUBSCRIPTION QUESTIONS CALL (906) 227-9104 Telephone: (906) 227-9131 Toll Free: 1-800-562-9745 (ext. 131) FAX: (906) 225-0437 ADVERTISING Toll-Free: (866) 452-5112 E-Mail: Editorial - editor@dioceseofmarquette.org Advertising - upc@new.rr.com Meditation part two: The method JOY OF THE GOSPEL Bishop John Doerfler PRAYER IS NOT THE IMAGINING OR REASONING BUT THE ENCOUNTER WITH GOD. DCN. DUSTIN LARSON St. Albert The Great, Houghton Theology IV WE INVITE YOU TO PRAY FOR VOCATIONS. LOVING FATHER, MASTER OF THE HARVEST; PLEASE SEND MORE LABORERS TO WORK IN YOUR VINEYARD. AMEN. www.dioceseofmarquette.org/vocations WHEN DID DUSTIN FALL IN LOVE WITH JESUS? During a mission trip my first year of college through a powerful Confession, and also invitations from others to continue growing, I really began to desire what Jesus desires for me. BY HANNAH BROCKHAUS CNA/EWTN NEWS Pope Francis spoke about the importance of the Liturgy of the Word, and therefore, also the impor- tance of having lectors who can proclaim the read- ings and the Responsorial Psalm well. We must look for good readers! he said Jan. 31, in off-the-cuffcomments during the general audi- ence. Good readers and psalmists understand what they are reading and can convey it well, he continued, explaining that they need to be prepared by reading over the text before Mass. Pope Francis emphasized that it is also important to stay focused and listen to the readings with an open heart, not looking around at different things or making chit-chat. When they read the words of the Bible - the first reading, the second, the responsorial psalm, the Gospel we must listen and open our heart, he said. Because it is God himself who speaks to us. Do not think about other things or talk about other things. Other things which are not appropriate during the Liturgy of the Word is the substitution of a non-Bib- lical text, or omitting a reading, he said. Liturgically, when the same readings are pro- claimed in each church, it is a way of fostering ec- clesial communion, he said, and for this reason, it is wrong to make subjective choices in this case. Replacing that Word with other things impover- ishes and compromises the dialogue between God and his people in prayer. Every part of the Mass is significant, including the Liturgy of the Word, which is when God speaks, and we listen to him, and then put into practice what we have heard. Pope Francis: Find good readers, be good listeners at Mass DANIEL IBEZ CNA Pope Francis listens during the general audience in St. Peter's Square on Jan. 31, 2018.

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