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St. Vincent DePaul Annual Golf Tournament

Monday, 09/16/2019 at 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

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St. Joseph Luncheon Speaker Series

Wednesday, 09/18/2019 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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Fiat Women's Group

Thursday, 09/19/2019 at 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

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CHRIST ALIVE Women’s Witness Prayer Breakfast

Saturday, 09/21/2019 at 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Annual Silver and Golden Jubilee Mass

Sunday, 09/22/2019 at 2:30 PM

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Luncheon for Life on Thursday

Thursday, 09/26/2019 at 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

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St. Vincent DePaul Parish Mission - three days

Thursday, 09/26/2019 at 4:30 PM -
Saturday, 09/28/2019 at 12:30 PM

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Fall Food Festival

Friday, 09/27/2019 at 5:30 AM - 9:00 AM

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St. James the Greater Fall Fest

Friday, 09/27/2019 at 6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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The Conversation: A Catholic Perspective on End-of-Life Issues

Saturday, 09/28/2019 at 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The sun rises over the Mississippi River near the Hermitages of Peace in Pevely.
The sun rises over the Mississippi River near the Hermitages of Peace in Pevely.
Photo Credit: Lisa Johnston

Listen for God’s whisper each day

Hearing His voice helps us grow in our faith and relationship with the Lord

“Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:10).

My mom used to say, “God gave us two ears and one mouth so we could listen twice as much as we talk.” The older I get, the more I realize I need to put these wise words into practice. I’m often guilty of half listening and double talking, and that bad habit even spills into my relationship with God, the Father. When I get tangled up in my plans or worries, my prayer is more like, “Listen, Lord, your servant is speaking,” instead of the other way around.

When we face frustration and disappointment, it seems like God isn’t listening. And in the middle of struggle and strife, we feel abandoned and ignored by the Father. The good news is that as we grow in discipleship, we learn that the opposite is true. The Father speaks to His children all the time, but He doesn’t speak the language of the world. He doesn’t speak about position, pride, possession or prestige like the world does. He speaks love, peace and mercy. In an attempt to help us slow down and focus on His infinite love, He often whispers, and unless we’re familiar with the sound of His voice, we will miss His words.

God has a perfect plan for each of us, and He reveals that plan one little piece at a time. If we begin each new day inviting Jesus into our schedules, our friendships, our parenting, our marriages, our jobs and our very lives, He will make our path clear. If we embrace the role of listening servant and trust in His wisdom and love instead of trying to do His job with our own planning and organizing, we will find His way is always better and the path filled with His grace.

Pray every day: Spend some time each day praising God and thanking Him for his guidance and direction. Pay special attention to those things that just seemed to “fall into place,” and recognize them as God’s loving touch to your day.

Study the faith: Read something about prayer. Read an article or a book, watch a video or listen to a podcast and learn something to help you be still and listen to the Father’s voice.

Engage in parish life: Find one new prayer activity to participate in at your parish. Join a Rosary or Divine Mercy Chaplet prayer group, attend Eucharistic Adoration, participate in a Bible Study or attend daily Mass.

Serve others’ needs: One of the disciplines of Lent is fasting. Does your parish participate in Operation Rice Bowl? Your fasting can be combined with almsgiving to make a difference to brothers and sisters in need.

SHERI WOHLFERT is a Catholic School teacher, speaker, writer and founder of Joyful Words Ministries.

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