03-10-2019 Just Pray!

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-St. Richard Catholic Church
Journey of Faith
Opening Prayer
Scripture Readings
"God speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer."

Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta
When and how do you pray?

All spiritual prayer practices seek to lead us into a deeper relationship and communion with God. Prayer is at the center or heart of our spiritual life. Prayer is not to change God but, if we are receptive, to allow God's love to transform our minds, hearts, and entire being.

There are many ways to pray. As Saint John Paul II stated, "Pray any way you like, so long as you do pray." Dom John Chapman exhorts us to "Pray as you can, not as you can't."  He further offers:
The only way to pray is to pray; and the way to pray well is to pray much. If one has no time for this, then one must at least pray regularly.
We are bombarded throughout every day with constant “noise”—with thoughts continually flooding through our minds, or arising from our emotions, or from our surroundings, from people talking, while using the cell phone, reading or writing emails, surfing the internet, engaging in social media, or listening to music, podcasts, radio, television and the like. When do you allow time to listen in silence to the voice of God?

To begin to pray more effectively requires us to regularly dedicate quiet time and space for prayer each day. This, of course, requires us to organize our lives. As Fr. Michael Casey, a Trappist monk, states:
Whether we pray or not depends largely on this willingness to organize our lives….Time is precious and so many things clamor for attention that we will not get around to our spiritual needs unless we arrange a vacant space in which to do nothing else.
Scripture repeatedly reminds us how Jesus went off alone to pray. As Jesus taught, "But when you go to pray, go to your inner room, close the door and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you." (Mt 6:6).

As the Catechism teaches:
...God tirelessly calls each person to that mysterious encounter known as prayer. In prayer, the faithful God's initiative of love always comes first; our own first step is always a response (CCC, no.2567).
As Father Casey describes it
We do not produce prayer. During prayer time we do not attempt to initiate a relationship with God; that relationship already exists. Prayer is an attempt to realize the love that unites us with God, allow it to become more present to us, and give it greater scope to act upon us and to change us. We not produce prayer. We allow prayer to act.
Spend dedicated time each day in silence with God in prayer, opening your heart and mind to God's indwelling love, and allowing God's love to transform you."
Reflect on Your Experience

Do you dedicate time each day to be alone, in silence, with God?

What way or ways do you pray with God?
U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults   Catecismo Catolico de Los Estadios Unidos para los Adultos  
Compendium on the Social Doctrine of the Church    Compendio de la Doctrina Social de la Iglesia
"Prayer" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"What is Prayer? (Bishop Don Hying)

"How Am I Suppose to Pray?" (Bishop Don Hying)

"Prayer" (Fr. James Martin, S.J.)

"Introduction to the Power of Prayer"

"The Five Forms of Prayer"

"Three Expressions of Prayer"

"Why Do We Pray" (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

"The Value of Silence" (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

"Time to Pray" (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

"3 Steps to Unceasing Prayer" (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

"Tips for Praying" (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

Other Videos for Lent (See Journey of Faith, March 3, 2019)
"God Who Created Hearts to Love"

"Holy God, We Praise Thy Name"

"You Are My Hiding Place"
Other Resources
"Four Basic Forms of Prayer" (Archdiocese of Boston)

"How Catholics Pray"

"St. Mother Teresa on Silence"

"Why Can't I Hear God?"

"We Hear With the Same Ear God Hears Us"

"The Meaning of Prayer" (Fr. John Hardon, S.J.)

"What is Prayer?" (Fr. John Peter Cameron, O.P.)

"How to Pray, A Catholic Guide to the Interior Life"

"Christian Prayer" (Catechism of the Catholic Church)

Lenten Resources

"Catholic Spirituality in Practice" (C 21 - Boston College)

Other Prayer and Spiritual Practices

Social Services and Other Charitable Resources

Other Resources on Catholic Social Teaching
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