I would like to share in the coming weeks, some thoughts about Prayer. What is prayer? There are so many explanations given to enlighten, what we mean by prayer. As a general understanding, the Catechism teaches that prayer is raising one’s mind and heart to God, in order to have a personal conversation with him and to remain spiritually united (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2559).
Prayer is necessary, because we need to relate ourselves with God, our FATHER and Jesus our brother and savior. It is through prayer that we are able to develop and strengthen our bond and relationship with God. Whether prayer is expressed in words or gestures by speaking from the heart, we are led by the Holy Spirit to be united with Christ and through Christ we are drawn to God the Father, in order to share the heavenly riches for our life. Through a life of prayer, we get into a habit of being in the presence of and in communion with God (CCC 2565). This communion is possible, since through Baptism, we have been adopted as God’s children.
There are many ways in which we can pray. The following are some of the forms of prayer: vocal prayer, mental prayer, public prayer, private prayer. Mental prayer is distinguished as meditation and contemplation, which is a more intense prayer that is done by spiritually advanced people like hermits and cloistered religious men and women.
Some of you may feel that you are so much engaged in busy schedule that you are not able to find time for prayer. Even if one may not actually be able find time for prayer, on account of studies, or household chores or professional jobs etc., then such person/s could make the work itself prayerful, by beginning the work in the name of God, thanking him at the end of the work and being conscious of God’s presence, help and providence during the work. In this way, we can transform our daily life as a life of prayer.
God bless you
Fr. Arul Joseph V.