Several weeks ago, we had a testimonial presentation at the 10 a.m. Mass, “introducing” us to the presence of recovery houses in Wooster, part of the programs offered by OneEighty. Subsequently, we printed on these pages, the transcript of Bobbi Douglas’ talking points, wherein she expressed the hope that Saint Mary will choose to become involved in fostering relationships with the residents of one of the houses. Now it is time for the next step!
Elsewhere in this issue, you will find the announcement for a training session that is coming up, hosted by OneEighty. Because this kind of work—interacting with the residents in offerings such as cooking instruction, home care, budgeting workshops, and the like within the OneEighty organization is considered a “level 3” activity, substantial preparation is necessary. As you will read, this is definitely a substantial commitment for an individual to make. Yet, what a marvelous opportunity this endeavor presents us, to complement our prayer on behalf for those recovering from addictions with building relationships with brothers and sisters in recovery. The contact point at OneEighty is their Volunteer Coordinator, Sara Curtis.
I find it very timely that the gospel for this weekend is Saint Luke’s account of the disciple who approaches Jesus and makes the request: “Lord, teach us to pray as John taught his disciples.” In fact, this past Monday’s Alpha session addressed the topic of Prayer. During the segment, Benedictine monk Brother Luigi Gioia offers what I believe is excellent counsel: Keep it simple; keep it honest; keep it going. He suggests that even negative feelings can become a kind of “fuel” for prayer. There is no mood that somehow categorically prevents us from praying.
Here is some excellent counsel regarding prayer from Venerable Fulton Sheen: Prayer begins by talking to God, but it ends by listening to Him. In the face of Absolute Truth, silence is the soul's language… Prayer is helplessness casting itself on Power, infirmity leaning on Strength, misery reaching to Mercy, and a prisoner clamoring for Relief.