An Invitation to Prayer
Today we celebrate the feast of St. Teresa of Avila. During her lifetime, St. Teresa of Avila “founded over a half-dozen new monasteries. She traveled, wrote, fought—always to renew, to reform. In herself, in her prayer, in her life, in her efforts to reform, in all the people she touched, she was a woman for others, a woman who inspired and gave life” (Franciscan Media).
To celebrate this wise Saint’s feast day, I invite you to take a few minutes today to sit with our Lord in quiet conversation. St. Teresa understood that prayer is nothing more than an “intimate sharing between friends.” Invite your children to close their eyes to visualize sitting down face to face with Jesus. You may consider asking them a few guiding questions:
· What joys do you want to share with Jesus today?
· What concerns do you want to share with Jesus today?
· How might Jesus respond to what you shared?
· What expression do you see on Jesus’ face?
To close, invite them to reflect on the words of St. Teresa of Avila, “Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing frighten you. All things are passing away: God never changes!”
About the author: Stacey Jarzynka has a decade of experience as a Catholic school teacher and a reading intervention specialist. After having her daughter, she started looking for jobs where she could stay home while also pursuing her love of creating content that inspires young people to grow deeper in their Catholic faith. God’s answer to her prayer started with the homeschooling moms in her book club introducing her to classical education and it ended with an offer to start developing content for Kolbe. Stacey resides in a small town in Illinois with her husband and two children.