Prayer: the foundation for marriage and family

Family matters
Deacon Tony Zimmerman is the lead archdiocesan consultant for the office of marriage and family life.

by Deacon Tony Zimmerman

In the Gospel according to John, two of the disciples of John the Baptist begin to follow Jesus.

Jesus, seeing them following him, said to them, “What are you looking for?” Their response was, “Rabbi, where are you staying?”

Their answer indicates a desire to spend time with and get to know him. Jesus replies, “Come and you will see.”

Do you want to really get to know Our Lord? If so, you need to spend time with him in prayer.

When building a home, you first build the foundation, because without one, the home will crumble.

The same is true in marriage. Because God is love, communication with him supports our relationship when human love runs dry.

For many of us, daily couple and family prayer is squeezed by the busyness of daily life as well as all the distractions provided by our iPhones, computers and social media. How to start? Where to start?

On Dec. 2, the School of Love and the office of marriage and family life will offer an enrichment for couple and family prayer. The event will be held in the parish hall of Prince of Peace in Olathe from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann as part of the enrichment.

There will be two sessions. The first session, “What are you looking for?” deals with encountering Jesus in prayer.

Whether you are looking to begin a prayer life as a couple or family, or you want to grow more deeply in encountering Jesus in prayer, this presentation and discussion offers this gift to you.

The second session, “Listening Prayer,” will focus on using prayer to hear and listen to Jesus speaking to your heart.

This session will be followed by lunch where the couple and their children work on their plan to implement daily prayer in their life. What a great way to begin the Advent season and enter into the Christmas season and a new year!

This event is open to married couples and their children as well as single-parent families.

For more information or to register go online to: archkck.org/couple andfamilyprayer. The cost is $20 per couple or family and includes lunch. The deadline to register is Nov. 29. For more information, call Mary Anne Kierl at (913) 647-0345.

To find out more about the Joyful Marriage Project and various enrichments available for married couples, go online to: www.joyful marriageproject.com or follow on Facebook at: Joyful Marriage Project.

Remember, Archbishop Naumann urges each married couple to commit to and participate in a marriage enrichment in the coming year.

Also, check out the great offerings supporting marriage and family from the School of Love online at: www.schoolof lovekc.com.

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