A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
January 18, 2020
On Daily Prayer
April 22, 2016
I remember as a child, when I visited the homes of my grandparents, on both sides, that they had the Morning Offering prayer pasted on the mirror that everyone used as they prepared for the day. This prayer was part of the daily routine and all were encouraged to pray it. My Mother’s parents also stopped mid-afternoon to retreat to their bedroom for a time of daily prayer. We were trained at a young age to be very quiet until the bedroom door opened and they returned to their work on the farm; and if you had to go upstairs during that time, you tip-toed quietly so as not to disturb their prayer time. Family life has changed, it seems more complex, running at warp speed families struggle to fit all of their commitments into their schedules. So finding a time to stop in mid-afternoon and retreat anywhere to pray might well be a luxury. However, it is important that each of us finds time in our day to be in touch with God. We do not need to be on our knees, in a very private place and alone to pray. We may more often find ourselves, praying throughout our day. We may say a silent prayer in our hearts as we watch to make sure the children get on the bus or as we drop them off at school. And I wonder how many prayers are said in our cars as we drive to and from our jobs and other activities. Perhaps we pray as we wait in line at the post office, grocery store or at the dental office. We may not have the luxury of a scheduled time for prayer, but we ought to do all we can to commit to daily prayer. To pray daily not only honors God as our Creator and companion, it also fills our need to be in constant communication with Him. We are the ones who need Him; his love, his mercy, his forgiveness. Think about this in the coming week; where and how can you communicate with God? Praying is defined as “listening to or talking to God.” We are really good at the talking part, perhaps not so good at the listening. So let us together make a conscience effort to pray more often. Perhaps we can turn off the radios in our cars, silence our cell phones or turn off the television that we might share a few moments of silence to listen (as St. Benedict says) “with the ears of our heart.” We can only imagine how we may be blessed with joy and peace and the certainty that we are loved.