What is Prayer?
- The raising of one’s mind and heart to God – St. John Damascene
- A surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.” – St. Therese of Lisieux
- Prayer purifies us, reading instructs us. Both are good when both are possible. Otherwise, prayer is better than reading. – St. Isidore of Seville
We were made by Love, made for Love
- God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created him (1:27)
- the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being (2:7)
- Before I formed you in the womb I knew you and before you were born I consecrated you (1:5)
Action of Prayer
Prayer is a call
- It is a call from God to us.
- From the Trinity to relationship with the eternal communion of love
- For a holy purpose (1st & 2nd Great Commandment, Balt Cat Q #1)
Prayer is a response.
- Triggers are usually the transcendentals: truth, goodness, and beauty.
- We experience something truly worth our time and effort.
- It is awareness, it is conversation and communion
Prayer produces results
- Holiness, serenity, joy, peace that passes understanding, infused virtues
- Often leads to a mission or resolution or some determination to take some kind of action.
Types of prayer
- do the red, say the black
- church militant, church suffering, church triumphant
- the order of the mass shows awareness, conversation, communion, and mission
The Divine office
- is a shared mission of awareness and conversation
- Rosary, Adoration
- Community & Individual
- Personal, subjective
- Intellectual, Will
- awareness, conversation, communion, and mission
- Sister is going to focus on mental prayer and what is called divine reading.
Simple Plan of Personal Prayer
1. Act of Presence
“Jesus, I trust that you are real, that you see me and hear me, that you love me and that you are good. I trust that you want to communicate to me more than I want to talk to you.”
2. Bring to Jesus anything you have on your heart or mind
Thoughts, feelings, fears, desires? A particular circumstance or issue you are facing?
Daily Gospel, a book from the Bible you are reading in sequence, a passage related to your situation,
Read the scripture slowly a couple of times, noting any verse that sticks out/sticks with you.
Speak with Jesus about particular verses or details, consider their meaning in your life.
Return to the scripture passage as needed.
Recollection – resting in God’s love with a collected mind, open to what you might hear
6. Resolution and Thanksgiving
Action steps might result; thanking God is always appropriate