Experimenting with various prayer
forms can be healthy. Some people
love to pray the Rosary; others prefer
to read the psalms. Some like to take
a scripture passage every day and
reflect on it. Others find listening
to music helpful. Some pray while
walking or running; others like to sit
or kneel. You might also want to try
the Liturgy of the Hours, Centering
Prayer, or other forms of meditation.
In our desire to become more
prayerful, it is good to remember,
in the final analysis, that prayer is a
means, not an end in itself. We pray
not only because we love prayer.
We pray because we love God. And
prayer is one of the chief ways we
come to know and love God more.
Through prayer we find meaning,
strength, and direction for our lives.
We become more and more the kind
of person we really want to be: a
person of love, integrity, compassion, forgiveness, and joy. =
This article first appeared in VISION
Vocation Guide 2008.
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know where to start)” and “A user’s
guide on the ways to pray.”
We pray not only
because we love prayer.
We pray because we
love God. And prayer is
one of the chief ways
we come to know and
love God more.
GOD IN ALL THINGS
PRAY AS YOU GO
TAKE FIVE FOR FAITH
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