Prayer and Spirituality

“For me, prayer is 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.”

~ Thérese de Lisieux

Bringing Prayer Into Your Life

Everyone is called to live a “vital and personal relationship with the living and true God. This relationship is prayer.” Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2558

We can pray alone or with others; we worship together as parish communities at Mass and pray as families. There are many types of prayer and many different styles of worship, but all center on living and experiencing our relationship with the living God.

Four basic elements:

  1. Blessing and Adoration (praising God)
  2. Prayer of Petition (asking for what we need, including forgiveness)
  3. Prayer of Intercession (asking for what others need)
  4. Prayer of Thanksgiving (for what God has given and done)

Tips for praying:

  1. Find a quiet place and time
  2. Calm yourself and put away distractions
  3. Speak what you feel to God, or use set prayers
  4. Take time to listen
  5. Use the Bible in your prayer
  6. Consider keeping a prayer journal
  7. Pray daily

Online Prayer Resources:

  1. Daily Readings from USCCB
  2. The Holy Rosary from the Vatican
  3. Novenas from EWTN
  4. Devotionals from EWTN
  5. Chaplet of Divine Mercy
  6. Liturgical Calendar from USCCB
  7. Holy Days of Obligation
  8. Truth and Light App
  9. Catholic Prayers

Pray the Examen

The examen prayer is a beautiful practice of prayer popularized by St. Ignatius of Loyola that helps us see the ways that God is moving in our daily lives. Take a few minutes of undistracted quiet in the mid-day or evening for prayer. By regularly reflecting on our day with God’s help, we commit ourselves to grow in virtue and in our relationships with God and one another. Learn more here.

Gaudete et Exsultate – Rejoice and Be Glad

On April 9, 2018, Pope Francis released an apostolic exhortation on holiness titled Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad). In this document, Pope Francis shows that holiness is not an impossible task – we, no matter who we are, can achieve holiness in the ordinary moments of our lives. Archbishop Angelo De Donatis, the papal vicar, said, “The pope wants to tell us that holiness is not something else apart from our everyday life, but it is exactly our ordinary existence lived in an extraordinary ways.”

We have developed the resources to help guide your study of Pope Francis’ exhortation in both your personal life and within your faith community. We invite you to share with your community by joining us as we reflect on Pope Francis’ message with the 30-Day Prayer Journal, Reflection Guide, and a “Beatitude Examination of Conscience” available by clicking here.