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TAKE TIME TO STUDY Generous service demands a commitment to study, Ministers need to keep up on developments in theology, scripture, liturgical changes, as well as their field of ministry. Scripture study is a lifetime assignment. Ministers owe it to the people they serve to be knowledgeable in their field and in the teaching of the Church. In today’s Church to minister is to set aside time for regular study and continuing education.


TAKE TIME TO PRAY Being generous with Jesus in personal prayer is the Eph 6: 10-20


single most important thing ministers can do for the apostolate. Ministry is rooted in prayer. Through prayer Jesus calls and shapes ministers. He gives them a vision of the apostolate and energizes them to do the work. He alone makes it possible for them, limited persons, to work with other limited persons in the apostolate. In prayer ministers will find the spirit of freedom which allows them to set limits so that they don’t take too much responsibility for the work.


SEE A SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR


REGULARLY


Along with prayer there is a need for good spiritual direction. Those in the active apostolate need to


have someone they can talk to about their prayer life and their apostolic work. A spiritual director is one who is able to listen. He/she can help ministers listen to themselves and to God. A good director will invite them to reflect on their prayer and apostolic life so that the ministers can sort out their priorities and work in harmony with other ministers.


SCRIPTURE FOR CHAPTER THREE Mark 1, 35-39: Jesus takes time for himself


Footnotes:


1, 35: Rising very early. As more demands were made on his time Jesus had to be sure he had necessary time for himself. He rose before the others in order to have some peace and quiet. And, Jesus put distance between himself and the people. He found that peace and quiet in deserted places. Finally, he prayed to


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