So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Provoking Prayer

If you are reading or watching the news and you are not praying, what are you doing?

If you are walking past a Catholic church and you are not praying, what are you doing? Walking? Pray as you walk. Acknowledge Jesus in the tabernacle!

If you are taking a walk alone or with a friend and you are not praying, what are you doing? Taking in the scenes? Pray: with gratitude for the beauty of God's creation; in thanksgiving for the gift of friendship; for any concerns your friend might have; for the hidden needs of those you encounter along the way.

If you're at work and you are not praying, what are you doing? Work? Pray as you work. Ask for the grace of a sharp mind and the ability to work well.

If you are studying for an exam and you are not praying, what are you doing? Studying? Ask for the grace to study with greater focus and for the grace of strong recollection.

If you're on vacation or travelling and you are not praying, what are you doing? Nothing? Taking a mental break? Swimming in a beautiful ocean? Visiting an art museum? Camping in the magnificent outdoors? Pray for the grace to appreciate with greater depth the good things in life, and pray for those who do not have the opportunity to take a vacation or travel, especially the poor and those trapped in war zones.

If you are playing with your children and you are not praying, what are you doing? Drawing on the last ounces of strength after a long day at work? Then ask for the grace of strength to play with your kids, the grace to listen to your kids and the grace to help form your children in the Faith. Give thanks to God for the gift of your children and pray for them and with them.

If you are waiting for a bus, or riding a bus and you are not praying, what are you doing? Waiting, or daydreaming? Pray as you wait; pray for the bus driver and any others riding the bus. Take a moment to reflect on your day and ask God for the grace to grow in holiness.

If you are lying in a hospital bed recovering, or dying and you are not praying, what are you doing? Recovering or dying? Pray for those who care for you. Give thanks for the good things in life. Ask for a priest. Ask for a happy death.

If you are reading this post and you are not praying, what are you doing? Reading? Pray about the issues you are reading about (... and pray for the author/blogger and that you might receive the grace to pray in the midst of your day).

If you are [insert activity here] and you are not praying, what are you doing?

Ok, if you are sleeping or about to fall asleep, then just get some rest... so that you can use your recovered energy to pray with greater frequency and intensity when you awake! Ask God to bless your dreams and to give you wisdom.

Pray without ceasing. Cooperate with the Holy Spirit.

Footnote

Simple Ways to Pray
  • Make the Sign of the Cross slowly and with attention to each word to help you to dispose yourself to God the Holy Trinity.
  • Notice beauty, truth and goodness and give thanks to God for such moments: a beautiful sky or flowering plant or a smile; a moment of truth that brings clarity; the goodness of an act of kindness.
  • Offer your joys and sorrows, triumphs and sufferings to God and invite Him to enter into your life through those windows into your soul.
  • Keep the Name of Jesus in your heart by silently or quietly recalling His Name. Is He calling Your name? Of course He is. How will you respond?
  • Pray the Our Father slowly every day, and mean... every... word.

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