Guest speaker, Robert Maekawa

Our Council welcomed Robert Maekawa as a guest speaker before the September
general meeting. If you missed it, enjoy a summary of his presentation.

Men of God, Men of Prayer

When I was a Benedictine monk, I was taught something important about prayer. When the choir bell rang for prayer, we were to drop everything and run to the church—
like our lives depended on it! The reason was simple: God comes first.

The best reason to pray is because Jesus loves you. He wants to have a personal relationship with you so that “your joy may be complete” (Jn 15:11). If I don’t pray, I feel lost and empty inside. But when I spend time with Jesus, I feel a joy the world can’t give. He’ll give you what you’re looking for—because he loves you!
Here’s another compelling reason to pray. Jesus said, “without me you can do
nothing” (Jn 15:5). Think about that. Our lives and our ministries will fail without
Jesus. We can’t do it on our own. Therefore, we need to stay connected to Jesus
through prayer.
Was Jesus a man of prayer? Absolutely. The most significant events of his life
were marked by prayer. His time in the desert, his baptism, the choosing of the 12,
the Transfiguration, the Last Supper, the agony in the Garden, and on the cross. He
would pray all night, before dawn, on mountains, and in deserted places. He would
even withdraw from people to pray (Lk 5:15-16). If he needed to pray, how much
more do we need to?
The Dominicans have a motto: “to contemplate [pray] and to give others the fruits of contemplation.” In other words, prayer comes before ministry. Why? Because you can’t give what you don’t have. You can’t give people Jesus if you don’t have a relationship with him. Ministry without prayer is just social work. But if you pray,
you give people Jesus!
Here are some practical tips on prayer.

1) Pray an hour a day (not including Mass). This will deepen your relationship with Jesus and bring power to your life.

2) Talk to God. The greatest moments in my life have happened when I talked to God
from my heart.

3) Pray the rosary every day. It’s a spiritual weapon that changes the

4) Read the Gospels. Learn from the master—Jesus.

5) Spend time in front of the Blessed Sacrament. There’s no substitute for the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus—it will change you! Try these things, and you will see a difference in your life.

Jesus loves you,

Robert Maekawa