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‘Your Servant is Listening’;

Bishop hosts prayer series

"Dear Jesus,” Most Rev. John B. Brungardt prayed on the opening night of a six-week session he is presenting on prayer, “we come before you to grow in our prayer life. To grow in our relationship with you. To listen to you in our hearts. To be aware of your presence.
“Let is grow in our intimacy, in our communication, in our conversation, in our listening with/to you.”
During the sessions thus far, which are presented at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the bishop has taken participants on a journey through different forms of prayer, such as adoration and prayerful meditation in which the individual offers whispered words and phrases -- “Your servant is listening,” “Come to me, Lord Jesus” -- amid otherwise silent reflection.
“I attended the first two Sundays of bishop’s prayer series and it was wonderful,” commented Becky Hessman,  vocations coordinator. “Each evening, Bishop John gives practical tools and helpful techniques to help us grow deeper in our prayer life. Bishop has a wonderful way of teaching us about prayer, guiding us in our prayer, and encouraging us in our prayer life.  Our homework is to spend 15-30 minutes in prayer each day, quieting our self and being conscious of God’s presence in our life, focusing on who God is and what God does.”   
“I’m confident that everyone knew coming into the series that prayer was conversation with God,” explained Steven Polley, Director of Youth Ministry for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City. “Everybody was pretty well on the same page as far as talking with God, but not as much when it came to listening. “Through the bishop using different prayer techniques, such as chants of music that help people draw more deeply into the Word and presence of God, they are learning to be quiet and let God speak to them through scripture and reflection.”
The workshops have occurred Sundays in October. You can still attend a session. The last two sessions will be held Nov. 6 and 20, from 6-7:30 p.m. Audio podcasts of the sessions are available and free to download at www.dcdiocese.org.

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