can look different from the typical
adult’s. Often we have evening meetings, and those of us who are priests
or parish ministers usually work
on Saturdays and Sundays and take
some time off during the week.
The unpredictable demands also
lend richness to our lives. These
often center around meeting the
needs of people, be they children
in schools, families preparing to
celebrate the sacraments, or the
sick, elderly, angry, hurt, hungry, or
imprisoned. We try to share our lives
with others and to reveal Christ in
all we do.
Those of us who are members of
2. How important
contemplative communities (com-
munities dedicated to prayer) fill our
days with a combination of work,
prayer, and recreation. The differ-
ence is that we might dedicate more
of our time to prayer than other
brothers, sisters, or priests. Some-
times we will grow our own food
and do income-producing work, like
baking and selling the hosts used for
Mass, or making cheese or candy.
Our prayer usually consists of Mass,
silent prayer (called contemplation),
reading, and praying the psalm-based
Liturgy of the Hours (an ancient
practice of praying psalms together
at regular hours throughout the day).
is prayer in your life?
Because we’ve chosen a way of life
that says God is most important,
prayer is central to our lives. Think
of it as a deep level of communication with God, similar to the kind
of communication that happens between any two people who love each
other. Our relationship with God
grows and deepens with prayer.
Since prayer is important, many
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Consider the Sisters of Mercy. We balance a life
of prayer, community and service — committing
our lives to God.
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priests, sisters, and brothers spend
about two hours a day praying. Part
of that time we pray with others at
Mass. We also pray other formal
prayers like the Liturgy of the Hours
or the Rosary, or spend time with
others less formally reading and
reflecting on readings from the Bible.
Part of the time we also pray alone,
perhaps reading or just being quiet
with God. One of the positive effects
of prayer, whatever shape it takes, is
to keep us aware of God’s activity in
the people, events, and circumstances of daily life.
3. Is prayer always easy for you?
Not always! Even those of us in
contemplative life—whose ministry
is prayer—go through dry spells
when our prayer time seems dull
or uneventful. As we grow in our
experience of prayer we learn how