Friday, December 20, 2013

Disciplining Prayer

Setting regular time aside to pray, isn't the end.  Just because you are quiet with no distractions, doesn't mean you are praying.  Staring off into space, doesn't do it.

There's a little bit more involved.  A memorized prayer can open your session, e.i., Our Father would be excellent, because Jesus taught us this perfect prayer.  Then I'd go over yesterday.  What went wrong?  What could you have done to make it better?  What was good, yesterday?

Next is planning today.  If you know what you are going to do, plan for meeting the people involved and how your encounter with them, could make them happier.  Are you dreading any encounter?  Ask for God's help?

Now be still and stare into space; but listen for God's voice.

End in prayer, thanking God for loving you.

A Priest's Day

Here is the book review I promised on Monday, for Death Comes for the Archbishop , by Willa Cather.  She really gets into the nitty-grit...