Saturday, August 18, 2012
My Journey, continued: Making prayer a habit
"Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him and if they were to allow His grace to mold them accordingly."
-- St. Ignatius Loyola
But how do we do that? As it says in the Bible, pray unceasingly. To pray is to be conscious of the Presence of God, after all in prayer we are talking to Him, in praise and petition and thanksgiving.
That being said, how does the average person come about a life of prayer? Sure, we go to Mass, and pray the Rosary every day (some of us) and we thank Him in the morning and evening. But as for me, I need little reminders throughout the day, to pray or to offer up what I'm doing for His greater Glory.
Here are some of the things I use to help me do that- simple things that are daily occurrences.
~First, when I have pain, I ask that it be for penance for my sins.
~When I hear the siren of an ambulance or police car, I pray 3 Hail Mary's for the people involved.
~When I pass a roadside cross, I pray the requiem prayer for the person who died there.
~Whenever I look at the clock and the numbers are all the same, eg. 5:55 or 12:12 etc., I pray for the grace of final perseverance for the souls in their death agony at that moment. (And you'd be surprised how this develops into the ability to look at the clock at just that perfect moment, as though souls are crying out for your prayer).
~In the 3 o'clock hour, AM and PM, I pray the chaplet of Divine Mercy for the dying and certain souls.
~When I pass a Catholic Church, even if it is closed down and abandoned, I make the sign of the Cross to honour Jesus.
I know that there are many more ways to remember to pray, such as the Angelus at 6, 12 and 6, but I can never seem to remember to do that one. I would love to hear suggestions from my readers on little ways of prayer.