Do you struggle with prayer? Is your prayer life stagnant and in need of some zeal? Do you just need some encouragement to pray? Yes, yes, and yes. Am I right?
We all need some extra help with prayer, and that’s why the Let Us Pray Conference for Catholic Women is here.
During the week of October 7th (The Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary) and ending October 13 (Anniversary of the Miracle of Fatima) thousands of Catholic women will be gathered together online to spend time learning about prayer and actually praying.
Each day of this weeklong conference, two 20-30 minute presentations will be available throughout the day to view for anyone who has signed up for the conference. An email reminder will be sent each day. Before viewing the presentation, women are asked to pray the short prayer provided on the webpage where the presentations are accessed. At the end of each presentation, women are asked to pray along with the presenter as he/she closes with prayer.
This free online conference is being brought to you by Heart Ridge Ministries. Formerly, Heart Ridge was Catholic Conference 4 Moms and Women producing similar yearly conferences, now available on Formed. Recently Heart Ridge Ministries has expanded beyond producing video programs for moms and women to developing an actual, physical conference and retreat center, with studio, in the Blue Ridge Mountains. For more information visit HeartRidgeMinistres.com.
Here are the presentations for the online “Let Us Pray” conference for Catholic women:
- Praying with Mindfulness, with Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, S.T.D.
- Praying like the Saints, with Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet
- Praying in the Midst of Suffering, with Mary Lenaburg
- Praying with Your Temperament, with Stephanie Sanders
- Praying during the Mass, with Dr. Ed Sri
- Praying with Mary, with Dominican Nuns, Sr. Anna Sophia and Sr. Marie Celine
- Praying with Little Ones, with Katie Warner
- Praying while Fasting, with Ellen Gable Hrkach
- Praying with “Hands Full,” with a panel of busy moms (10+ kids each)
- Praying with Gratitude, with Dr. Susan Muto
- Praying with and for Our Children, with Dr. John and Claire Grabowski
- Praying the Rosary for Healing, with Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Although primarily for Catholic women, the conference is open to all. Women can sign up online.
Of particular interest to CatholicMom readers are the presentations specifically for mothers. One features a panel of mothers of large families — in fact, the average number of kids for these women is 9.3. They discuss how they make prayer a part of their busy homes. Katie Warner, author of many children’s books, talks about how to pray with your young children. She has wonderful examples and a fresh, positive attitude that can be encouraging for any family overrun by toddlers. And Dr. John and Claire Grabowski speak about praying with your children as they grow older. They show how that can look with teens and young adults at home.
Ideally, women can give 20-30 minutes a day during the week-long conference to listen and pray. If they want to give another 20 minutes, they can listen to the second presentation for that day.
But we all know that finding that time can be extremely difficult. Life happens. And even with the best intentions, presentations and prayers of the conference will be missed. However, not all is lost. God, the master of time, just wants a place in our hearts.
So even if you can’t “attend” the presentations or even pray the selected prayers — just seeing the reminder email and looking to God to give Him your busy day can be the most beautiful prayer of all.
And there is an Encore Day at the conference end to catch any presentations you missed!
Please spread the word. Let’s flood the world with prayer.
Copyright 2019 Tami Kiser