Dear children, Today I am calling you to be people of prayer. Pray until prayer becomes a joy for you and a meeting with the Most High. He will transform your hearts and you will become people of love and peace. Do not forget, little children, that Satan is strong and wants to draw you away from prayer. You, do not forget that prayer is the secret key of meeting with God. That is why I am with you to lead you. Do not give up on prayer. Thank you for having responded to my call.
– Message of Our Lady of Medjugorje, August 25, 2017
Here is a great video of Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson talking about God and prayer, being Greek Orthodox Christians, and raising their children with prayer and the Church.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson are both members of the Greek Orthodox Church. Wilson has even written eloquently about the importance and beauty of Christian faith and ritual in her life. A few years ago she wrote a piece for the HuffingtonPost called “The Joys of Greek Easter,” in which Wilson shared:
“When we were kids, our parents would take us, and now as parents ourselves we take our children, to many of the Holy Week services including the Good Friday service where you mourn the death of Jesus by walking up to the Epitaphio, which represents the dead body of Christ, make your cross, kiss the Epitaphio, and marvel at how it was decorated with thousands of glorious flowers, rose petals and scents like incense.
Some very pious people will crawl under the Epitaphio. I have always been so moved to see this. There is no self- consciousness in this utter act of faith. There is no embarrassment to show symbolic sorrow at the death of our Saviour.”