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To Pray or Not to Pray

1081-1259261096uElp"For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy." ~ St. ThéRèse of Lisieux ~

 

 

 

A few girls recently asked me to write a blog about prayer. Now this made me giggle at first because I thought: girl+prayer=mind running in 50 trillion directions.

distracted-girl-15049452I get it, this happens to me every day and I just want to tell myself “Calm down and think of one thing at a time.” If only it were that easy!

I struggle to stay focussed whether I’m in Mass, reading the Bible, praying the Rosary, or spontaneously praying. It’s difficult!

My mind wanders from praying to practically telling myself a story in my head of something I already knew happened. I don’t know what to tell you about our sporadic thoughts.

Girls, our wheels keep turning and they turn until we don’t even know where we started.

Here is some advice from my own prayer life :

  1. Most people pray in different ways and each of us must find what is best for us while recognizing both community prayer (Mass, rosary, etc) and personal prayer (often includes rosary, Bible meditations, etc) are necessary
  2. Fact: some days it is just really difficult to pray and we have to do the best we can. Maybe commit to 15 minutes and don’t let yourself leave till then and keep trying to refocus your thoughts
  3. Make time for prayer or it likely won’t happen
  4. Consider praying the Divine Office or praying and meditating through the daily Mass readings (there are apps for both!)

prayer“Prayer is the raising of one's mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God." But when we pray, do we speak from the height of our pride and will, or "out of the depths" of a humble and contrite heart?” 

~ Catechism of the Catholic Church 2559 ~

Timmerie

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    Kelly Geier

    Feb 21, 2014

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    Hi Timmerie, I just bought an e-book from Amazon (so I can read it with the Kindle reader on my IPhone) called "How to Pray Always" by Fr. Raoul Plus SJ. He is trying to explain how to put "pray without ceasing" into practice. I just started it... Thought I would pass it along. I can relate to what you are saying. My mind goes all over the place when I try to pray, and he talks about that....