Praying with distraction

This weekend’s Gospel Passage finds us with the disciples asking a question that could well be our own, “Lord, will you teach us how to pray?”  In answer he gives them the words of the Our Father – a prayer that brings together all that is central to our faith – the acknowledgement of God as Father, His place in Heaven and Earth and it calls us to a deeper and more giving/forgiving relationship with those around us.

We get distracted in our prayers – wandering off topic to a place of uncertainty or day dreams.  We worry about this but do we need to?  Is the starting place not what matters?  We desire to acknowledge God.  That must mean something.  Come back from the distractions, worry less about what is to be said and find peace in just being there ….

I want to share the words from today’s Mass.  This is the fourth week I’ve recorded the words at Sunday Mass.  I don’t think I’ll be able to keep this going or maybe even need to keep this going but for this week anyway!!


These are the words shared in the email from a priest of the diocese.  I think they’re very good and worth reading as well.


Humility in Success

Portugal defeated France in the final of the Euro 2016 European Football Championship. At the post-match press conference Portugal’s coach, Fernando Santos dedicated his   victory to Jesus in the following words.

“First of all, I would like to thank God, the Father, for this moment and for everything in my life.”

 The Portuguese coach went on to thank family, friends & colleagues before adding:

“Lastly, but most importantly, I want to speak to  my best friend, and His mother, to dedicate this victory to Him and thank Him for haven chosen me; for giving me the gifts of wisdom, humility and  perseverance to guide this team, and for having guided me and lit my way. That all I do, hope and wish  for may be for the greater glory of His name.”

 The Tablet 15 July 2016


  1. Lovely homily – glad to know that I am not the only one who gets distracted in prayer.
    Looking forward to next week.

  2. I too agree that it was a lovely homily. And just a thought about you continuing to share the homilies. I often leave mass on Sunday and have all the best intentions of keeping the words of the gospel fresh in my heart, reaffirmed by the words spoken by the priest in his reflection only to lose it as the week wears on. I’ve found listening to your words during the middle of the week a refreshing way to take a different look at the Sunday’s gospel and renew it in my life. So however you choose to insert your homilies in the future please know they find their way to the right spots and make a difference!

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