As we mature and grow in faith, it is common to develop a fervor or affection in our private prayer life. As we grow strong in love and a loyalty begins to emerge, we open to new and deepening practices. Consider some of the following devotional areas as you grow in your relationship with the Lord:
Reflection of ways the strengths and the sorrows in lives of the saints exhibit virtues
Pray novenas as they fall within the liturgical year or as they speak to your needs
Pray the Rosary and other devotional prayers to the Blessed Mother
Observe the three o'clock hour as a time to pray for Divine Mercy for all souls
Reflect on the Passion daily as reminder for us to pass on the gift of compassion that is so generously given to us
Experience the joy of the insights, wisdom, grace, and reflection that flows throughout the day as you pray the Liturgy of the Hours
Learn about common sacramentals available to us as we grow in faith
Prayer is a critical cornerstone to our Catholic faith. It is a time when we both talk and listen to God. We pray to stay close to God and to deepen our relationship with Him. There is no right or wrong way to pray. Our prayer is influenced by our stage in life, circumstances, our maturity in faith, and our call to prayer. Sometimes prayers are wordy and rehearsed while at other times they are conversations with God or simply feeling His embrace in silence. At times we pray alone, other times with another or in a group.
The particular way we approach our prayer life becomes for us in a sense our prayer vocation. We grow and mature in this vocation as we do in other vocations in our life.
Why We Pray
At any time the intention of our prayer can vary. Some reasons we pray are to:
Say thank you
Say I'm sorry, ask for forgiveness
Ask for help for ourselves or others
Some pray to ask that they be granted the knowledge to know 'why' only to discover, this is rarely the question.