First of all, I have seen how the Science and Technology sectors have put lots of time and resources into their Research and Development to come up with new ways to improve and advance their businesses and our modern way of life. Following their thinking, I want to do the same for our Spirituality sector. I want to come up with a new way of prayer that is simple, personal, relatable, character-building, and suitable to the busy way of life for a twenty-first-century Christian.
Second, I have looked at various ways we have dealt with exercises for our bodies. Most of them involve running, stretching, or weight lifting. But, some of those Physical exercises are designed for specific functions like Zumba, Yoga, or Abs work. These specific exercises inspire me to come up with a Spiritual exercise that could give people a sense of prayer and at the same time help them work on some specific attributes such as faithful, kind, caring, gentle, generous, peaceful, etc. Hence, I have chosen the format of this Prayer Book with a specific word or issue for each day and a practical exercise at the end throughout the year.
Third, each day we have seen on the news and various personal encounters how the public is in desperate need of character building and moral guidance to help create good citizens and a healthy society. Unfortunately, due to political correctness and other social trends, the moral characters and great personal attributes have taken the back seat to other qualities such as appearances, charm, glamor, fame, social status, and possessions. We got to demand and encourage our citizens of this great nation and future generations to work on and acquire those qualities and other moral characteristics for the sake of their wellbeing and happiness.
Finally, some of my dear friends have introduced and encouraged me to look at other forms of prayers besides the traditional way of praying, namely, reciting some memorized prayers.
After reflecting on everything I shared above and seeing the needs of God’s Children in my twenty years of serving them and their families in parishes and ten years of seminary training, I have come up with this format of praying that is rooted in Holy Scriptures, daily topics, personal experiences, character-building, and practical spiritual exercises. The format is designed to be self-reflecting, easy reading, and hopefully helping each child to work on those important qualities while spending time in the presence of Jesus.
About the Title of the Book “Lord Jesus, I want to see…,” I chose it after some prayerful reflection on the miracles that Jesus did for the public during His ministry and all the problems that our world are facing right now. Like a blind, God’s Children do not seem to see what is right or wrong in our confusing world these days. Besides, many children whom I asked during my homilies told me that blindness is much more difficult to endure compared to other problems such as deaf, mute, paralysis, leprosy, and so on. That is how I came up with the Title of the Book. Hopefully, our Lord Jesus will heal the Spiritual blindness of God’s Children and let them see things in their lives with a better vision. May they also grow closer to Him and acquire lots of wonderful personal qualities each day as they try to become a better Christian in this challenging world.
Hopefully, our Lord Jesus will heal the Spiritual blindness of our world and let you see things in your life with a better vision. May you also grow closer to Him and accumulate lots of great personal qualities each day as you try to become a better Christian in this challenging world.
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