Catholics and Prayer
WHY SHOULD YOU PRAY AND HOW SHOULD YOU PRAY?
Praying is how we build a friendship with God.
Growing up Catholic, you probably learned lots of rote prayers. Like me, you probably sped through the prayer before meals and zoned out during the Our Father and the Hail Mary. Maybe you never even learned how to pray to God in your own words, or how to listen to hear His voice.
Praying is how we get to know God in a real way. He isn't just some random figure hanging out in the clouds. He is here with us and wants to have a friendship with us. Below are some resources to help you get started, improve, or change up your prayer routine.
Our Beautiful PRayers
There are so many beautiful Catholic prayers. We're all familiar with the Big Three, the Our Father, Hail Mary, and the Glory Be. But there are so many more, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, prayers written by Saints, novenas, Liturgy of the Hours, and more. Check them out below online or by downloading an app.
Lectio Divina: Praying with scripture
Lectio Divina literally means "divine reading" and is a way of praying with a passage in scripture. This is a great place to start if you don't know where to begin with prayer or reading scripture or both because it spells out what to do, step by step. Click the link below for more detailed instructions on how to pray using Lectio Divina.
If the purpose of prayer is building and strengthing our relationship with God, then an important part of that is listening.
To listen to God and hear the whispers of the Holy Spirit, we need to spend time in silence. A great place to do this is in front of the Blessed Sacrament. Hopefully there is a church in your area that has a Eucharist Adoration Chapel where you can go and simply be silent and listen.