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"The family that prays together stays together." - Venerable Patrick Peyton

John Dacey

John Dacey is a retired Catholic high school teacher. He has taught Scripture, Ethics, and Social Justice. He enjoys being in the company of family, reading in the field of spirituality, and gardening. John and his wife have been married for more than 40 years and have two children and four grandchildren.

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Celebrating family life  |  Why pray?

A Way To Grow – Praying from Bare Ground

Years ago, we had a backyard of bare ground and weeds. We desired a lawn where grandchildren could run and play. It was a project. We added soil, planted grass seed, and watered. With God’s generous sun and rain, the grass eventually grew. Yet, it did not grow everywhere. In several areas, the ground remained bare; adding more soil and seed did not help. It was puzzling. It was time to revise our yard plan.

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The Angels of the Lord Sing Backup!

At this time, we are often using the words: remote, virtual, and distant to describe our experience. We have become more aware of the space around us, and perhaps the longing for closeness within us. The Lord knows our deepest selves, and if we remain open to Him, He comes to us exactly where we are. In our prayer, we can ask for openness to the One who is always close to us.

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Play and the Spirit of Prayer

There is a bay-front park not far from here with a shoreline path that gives joy to walkers and bicyclists. The path provides a panoramic view of green hills across the bay, a distant city skyline, and rolling fields and woodlands on the inland side. When I walk there, I always come away refreshed and restored. It is also a delightful place to fly a kite.

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Learning Responsibility

In the best of times, children can find school and learning challenging. These times of ours are not easy, and the challenges of remote learning, anxiety over the pandemic, and society’s urgent calls for social justice are presenting even more challenges. Maybe we long for the days when remembering to do homework was our biggest concern.

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The Sounds of Wisdom

At family gatherings over the years, it’s fun to listen and enjoy the sounds of the conversations, the good-natured banter, the younger children’s voices, the older conversations, the commotion of children and dogs playing. Laughter and boisterous chatter create a chorus that fills and overflows the space. It is marvelous. Energy and excitement prevail. Food and beverage enliven the table. It is a meditation on noise – a prayer of “joyful noise.” It is God’s Spirit that brings us together.

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Seasonal Reflections

Grace in Time

We approach Eastertime. The grace of Easter changes everything! Mary Magdalene went in the predawn to the tomb of Jesus (John 20:1-18). It was dark. She found the tomb empty. We can only imagine shock added to her grief.

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