Today we find Jesus choosing His twelve Apostles after spending the night on a mountain in prayer to His Father. This is a blatant reminder for us to pray before we make decisions, especially decisions that will effect many people all over the world for many years. In the first reading, we see that we are members of this family where He is the Head and the Apostles and Prophets are the foundation. These twelve men chosen by Jesus through prayer are the ones who laid the foundation for the Church. I say "thank goodness" He prayed all night and sought the help of His Father. When we read the Gospels, we learn that Jesus not only taught us to pray but He was a great example of the importance of prayer. I was fortunate enough to have the same teaching and example from my parents. As I look around at who we have for leaders today, I'm wishing there was much more "going to the mountain" and praying before decisions. We can teach prayer. We can be examples of prayer. As we make our choices each day, as we casts our votes, as we pick teams, as we decide who will be our friends and co-workers, as we listen to others, as we gather as family, as we work, as we learn and as we play may we all take time to go first to the mountain.