Pause & Pray 2023
Pause & Pray is way to counteract the feelings of impatience, anger and busyness many of us are experiencing in our lives at this time. It's a reminder that we need to settle ourselves down and take time to listen to the God who wants to be a part of our lives. A God who wants us to let Him take care of things, our worries, stresses, families and everything that distracts us from His peace. He truly wants us to be peaceful and happy but we have to stop first and breath it in. So, begin the journey to Pause in your day, and say a short prayer and let God lead you!
Take a breath…a slow blink…let your heart rate slow a little…relax your shoulders.
You are sitting at the stoplight, waiting to get to your next appointment, your job, pick up the kids, run errands, get groceries or work your to-do list.
But while you wait you can take a breath, a slow blink, lower your heart rate, relax your shoulders.
Why? All these things help reduce your stress, your tension of the day. When you take the time to Pause by taking a breath, a slow blink of your eyes, you also give your body the time to defuse, reduce anger, lessen impatience.
And if you could add one Hail Mary or say "God help me relax and not get angry" or "Jesus, Mary, Joseph pray for me" in the mix, then you will have added a moment of peace in your life.
And if you can do that at every stoplight, every line you stand in, every moment you feel your jaw tighten, or your shoulders raise, you will have spread more joy not only within yourself, but to others around you. And if others around you are more peaceful, then you will be too.
Pause & Pray Begins
Pause & Pray in Your Day!
It began with a sign from God
Free Printables! feel free to download these free resources, print them out for your use. There are also flyers, and free items such as hangtags and magnets in the Maria Room off the entrance to church for your use as supplies last.
Pause Pray sign
Pause Pray Breathe Bookmark
Pause Pray Breathe Magnetic Sheet
Other Pause & Pray Online information
St. Mary Facebook Page
Pause & Pray Franciscan media website has meditations on helping you Pause and Pray during your day. There are good prayers, meditations and more.
The Simplicity of Faith
Pope Francis has been an example of simplicity in his papacy. In the following links you'll find talks he gave to priests and seminarians in 2016. He encourages all of us about the effects of performing mercy in our lives and how much it can increase our own faith life and help us realize how very much God loves every person on this planet. Along the Path of Simplicity Pope Francis: The Tangibility and simplicity of the small
Pausing and Praying as an Action
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