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Pray in a New Way This Summer

Once upon a time, I was working exclusively from home, and all of my five children were in school full-time. The days were mine and mine alone, the hours stretching endlessly (or at least until 3:30) before me, and it was my prerogative how I scheduled my time, as long as I got everything on my to-do list done. During these blissful few months, I developed a lovely prayer routine: morning offering when I woke up, morning prayers and a Gospel reflection when the kids had left for school, and the house was blessedly quiet, a rosary while I folded laundry or cleaned the kitchen or did something else mildly unpleasant that I could offer up along with my decades.

 

This magical moment in my life didn’t last long. Just as I’d grown used to spending the day in an empty house and having my time all to myself, Covid hit, and I was unexpectedly sharing my space and my day with six other people, all trying to work and study and survive the distressing first months of the pandemic. Suddenly, I had to fight to maintain the prayer routine I’d so easily cultivated when I was all alone.

 

At first, I was discouraged that my perfect prayer practice had been so jarringly interrupted, but slowly I learned that my prayer practice didn’t actually have to look perfect and, more importantly, that my circumstances didn’t have to be perfect in order to pray.

 

This is a lesson I wish I had known earlier in my life, particularly during the summer months. When I was the full-time caregiver of my children, we all thrived on routine, myself included – our days were structured around meals and snack times, bus pick-ups for the kids in school, naps for the ones who were still at home, and prayer usually fit in quite neatly in this well-ordered life. But then July would roll around, and we were all suddenly rudderless, sleeping in (and then not napping), eating late (or early), and with no school schedule to keep us on track. Every summer, I would chastise myself for falling out ofmy perfectly ordered prayer routine and would find myself, in the chaos of the day, not praying at all.

 

But just as the liturgical seasons can interrupt – in a good way – our routine and reintroduce us to a new way to experience God and Church, the summer months, I realize now, can be a time to pray in a new way. Instead of wallowing in the frustration and guilt I used to feel because I struggled to incorporate my regular prayer practice into the irregular schedule of summer, I’m learning to embrace this less structured time as a way to shake up my routine and experience prayer in novel ways.

 

Here are some new prayer ideas to explore this summer.

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Alex Kucera

Atlanta

Alex Kucera has lived in Atlanta, GA, for the last 46 years. He is one of 9 children, married to his wife Karmen, and has 3 girls, one grandson, and a granddaughter on the way. Alex joined Regnum Christi in 2007. Out of the gate, he joined the Helping Hands Medical Missions apostolate and is still participating today with the Ghana Friendship Mission.

In 2009, Alex was asked to be the Atlanta RC Renewal Coordinator for the Atlanta Locality to help the RC members with the RC renewal process. Alex became a Group Leader in 2012 for four of the Atlanta Men’s Section Teams and continues today. Running in parallel, in 2013, Alex became a Team Leader and shepherded a large team of good men.

Alex was honored to be the Atlanta Mission Coordinator between 2010 to 2022 (12 years), coordinating 5-8 Holy Week Mission teams across Georgia. He also created and coordinated missions at a parish in Athens, GA, for 9 years. Alex continues to coordinate Holy Week Missions, Advent Missions, and Monthly missions at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Cumming, GA.

From 2016 to 2022, Alex also served as the Men’s Section Assistant in Atlanta. He loved working with the Men’s Section Director, the Legionaries, Consecrated, and Women’s Section leadership teams.

Alex is exceptionally grateful to the Legionaries, Consecrated, and many RC members who he’s journeyed shoulder to shoulder, growing his relationship with Christ and others along the way. He knows that there is only one way, that’s Christ’s Way, with others!