There was suppose to be one more panel member. He was supposed to talk about music; he was sick and unable to participate.
Each man spoke a few minutes about why this type of prayer was their favorite. Then I asked for questions from the audience. Since I expected no response, until the congregation warmed up, I had planted a few questions to be asked. It worked. Some of the questions:
- Are distractions a problem?
- How did you get interested in this type of prayer?
- What do you pray after receiving the Eucharist?
- What moves you to pray?
- Do you experience God?
Answering the questions carried the session. I wasn't sure how the whole discussion went over. It seems to have been a hit. Afterwards, people came up to me and asked advice on how to pray. Me? I felt like such a hypocrite telling people how to pray better because I probably am the worst at praying. Prayer often is a session of distraction. My monkey brain won't focus.
What gave me encouragement, however, was the timing. It was so coincidental that the readings and homily tied so conveniently into our panel discussion, that it had to be Godincidental. The first reading was about persistent in our prayers. Genesis 18: 20-32--Abraham asks God to not destroy Sodom if there are ten good people there. The Gospel was Luke 11: 1-13 where Jesus teaches his disciples the Our Father. Plus, Father Chris talked about prayer in his homily.
So, the Holy Spirit had my back.