Sunday, October 17, 2010

Pray Always

Pray always.
In the earliest days of my life as a Catholic, when I had no clue as to what prayer really was, I prayed whenever I needed something or whenever I wanted to thank God for something.
I was a beginner in the spiritual journey and I just didn't know.  I didn't know that prayer is more than just reciting some words.
Prayer is relationship with God.
Prayer is intimacy with God.
Prayer is offering our whole lives to God.
Prayer is anything from praying the rosary... to attending Mass... to offering up our pain... to listening to some Gregorian chant... to reading scripture... to offering thanks... to caring for our loved ones... to adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament... to cleaning our home... to working in the garden... to being still... to treating strangers with loving kindness.
What does "Pray always" mean to you?

16 comments :

Karinann said...

These are beautiful examples of prayer, Colleen. I have done many of the things you mention but have not always thought of it as prayer. Every moment of our lives can be prayer if we offer it to God with sincerity and humility.
Thanks and God bless!

Colleen said...

Karinann, I agree. I think it is the awareness of it being a prayer that makes some of these things a prayer. Like Brother Lawrence finding God in the middle of washing pots and pans. Hugs and God bless.

pip said...

"Pray always" means to me to make all the little decisions of the day in the light of the heart of God and His teaching, to become a living witness of the Heart and Word of God in this world ... (easier said than done - lol)

Colleen said...

Pip, beautiful definition of "Pray always." God bless!

evanscove said...

I'm sure that's the best way to see prayer. It's not just time spent on our knees in praise and supplication but directing our thoughts and intentions toward God, whatever we are doing. Yes, easier said than done! Definitely takes practice.

Maybe we should always keep in mind the motto of the Benedictines: Ora et Labora (Pray and Work).

Evan

Colleen said...

Amen! (I'm a Benedictine oblate so I go along with that!)
:)

deodate said...

Great post...yes, when prayer becomes a relationship it makes all the difference. Prayer is not something we do for a time and then walk away and live our lives. Prayer must become our lives.
Andie

Colleen said...

Andie - Amen! I so agree! God bless!

Mary333 said...

I love your reflection on prayer, Colleen!

Colleen said...

Mary, thank you!!

Carol@simple_catholic said...

I love reading your reflections, Colleen! Simple, yet profound. :)

Colleen said...

Carol, thank you so much! I appreciate your kind words. God bless!

Barb Schoeneberger said...

I am reminded of one of St. Faustina's diary entries where she offered every beat of her heart while she is asleep as an act of love of God. If only I could be more mindful of this!

Colleen said...

Barb, oh, that is so beautiful. Thank you!

Joann said...

beautifully said, Colleen. "Pray always" can seem daunting. Your experience walking with Jesus shows that it is possible to pray in the midst of a busy life.

I believe with Brother Lawrence ("It is enough for me to pick up but a straw from the ground for the love of God.")that prayer can be as simple as a disposition of the heart. When your heart desires God and His Will, it is clear where your treasure lies.

St.Paul's caution also speaks to me in that good things including prayer without that love can make us but "a noisy gong and clanging cymbal."

Colleen said...

Joann,thank you so much for your comment. Beautiful. God bless!