Bishop Gruss emphasizes the importance of prayer, confession and evangelization during most recent First Friday presentation
Bishop Gruss visits with local faithful just before beginning his presentation in the lower level of the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw on June 3. 
Prayer and the Sacrament of Penance are important parts of a loving relationship with the Lord.

As disciples of the Lord, we are called to evangelize. Bishop Gruss discussed the importance of all three during his most recent First Friday presentation. 

On Friday, local faithful gathered with Bishop Gruss at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw for the monthly First Friday gathering. The day began with Mass and was followed by lunch and an informal talk. 

Rather than a particular teaching, Bishop Gruss opened the floor to questions. Many questions were asked and several topics covered. One of the first questions was about prayer. 


Prayer and silence

“The Lord speaks loudest to us in silence,” Bishop Gruss said. He then mentioned how we can be tempted to spend hours watching television and listening to the radio, while neglecting time for silence and prayer before the Lord.

Bishop Gruss also talked about how love should be our motivation for prayer.

“We should pray not out of obligation, but because we love the Lord,” Bishop Gruss said.   

“I liked how Bishop Gruss talked about how prayer is about talking with the one you love,” said Amy Beckman, a parishioner of Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish in St. Charles. Beckman also found it beneficial to listen to...
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(There will be no First Friday gatherings in July and August.)
Watch full video of Bishop Gruss taking questions at the Cathedral on June 3
Watch full video of Bishop Gruss' homily during First Friday Mass 
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