The Church of Saint Agnes

1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

The Church of Saint Agnes
1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

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1st Week of Lent

Date: 
Tue, 02/24/2015
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

Translate the phrase “agnus dei”.  Lamb of God.
Translate the word “bon jour”.  Good day.
Translate the phrase “carpe diem”.  Seize the day.
Translate the name “Don Enzweiler”.
It would be more accurate for me to ask you to
translate the person “Don Enzweiler”.
 
You’re probably saying to yourself “that doesn’t make sense.”
 
We know what it means to translate language.
The process entails finding a word in one language that represents the same word or expression
in another language. 
The process of translating a person, however, seems foreign to us.
And yet it’s something we do all the time.
We do it when we enter into prayer.
 
The essence of prayer is to translate ourselves,
to express ourselves, to explain ourselves,
to interpret ourselves and then to present ourselves before God….
to make ourselves more comprehensible before God
as we extend our selves to him.
The essence of prayer is to take our worldly experience
and make it intelligible with regards to God’s concerns.
Prayer is reaching out to God knowing that God is reaching out to us.
 
Now God knows all and sees all.  God understands us.
Prayer expresses our desire to discover “how” God knows us, how God sees us,
how God loves us, how God provides for us.
 
Prayer is more than repeating memorized words.
Prayer is immersing ourselves in God.
The words of prayer are not as important
as how minds and hearts respond to the words,
how our hearts and minds are transformed by the words. 
 
Prayer is like opening a window in our will, in our soul, so as to let God in.
When we pray we are not providing Him with information,
we are partaking of His life and grace.
 
Fruitful prayer occurs when our hearts and minds, our feelings and thoughts
become disentangled from sin, from bias, and conceit, and self-reliance, and ill will.
 
“Help us, O Lord, to ready our hearts and our minds
to be led by Your Spirit
away from sin and toward an increase in love for Your Son, Jesus Christ.  Amen!”