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Reflections on Prayer

Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth to those on whom his favor rests! This is the central proclamation of the good news of Christmas, the message of the angels at Bethlehem. The newborn King brings us the gift of peace. The newborn King gives us reason to give glory to God.

The statue of the Blessed Mother by our beautiful lake (now encircled by a wonderful meditation path) depicts a pregnant Mary. The plaque below reads: "You also will be bearers of my Son." These words, addressed to seminarians who are called to bring Christ to the world, are addressed to all of us as Christians. We who receive Christ and his peace at Christmas are called to bring him to the world, and it is in bringing him to others that we give glory to his Father in the most perfect way.

As we look forward to the New Year 2015, perhaps good questions to ask ourselves are how we can bring the peace Jesus gives us to others and how we can give glory to his Father. The Christmas season lasts for just a couple of weeks, but all through the year, we receive Christ and for that reason we have reason to glorify God, in a way that brings blessings upon ourselves and others, in a way that allows us to be bearers of the Son of Mary. As we make resolutions for 2015, it would be good to consider concrete ways, in our work and leisure, in our prayer and time with family and friends, in every aspect of our lives, in which we can give glory to God and bring peace to others.

At every Mass, when the priest invites the people to pray: "Pray, brothers and sisters that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father," they respond: "May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church." In these words we are expressing what we hope to accomplish in every liturgical act of the Church – to glorify God and to benefit ourselves and the whole Church of God. The Gloria of the Mass, called for at all festive celebrations of the Mass, recalls to us the angels' words at Bethlehem. They remind us, together with our response to the priest's invitation to pray, that the very purpose of the lives of those who have met Christ Jesus is to give glory to God and to bring his peace and love to all we meet.

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