Thursday, January 3, 2013

How About a Resolution to Pray?

Retreat Resolutions
This is the time of year when most people make New Year's resolutions. How many of us seriously sit down and contemplate making spiritual resolutions? I had the fortune of attending a silent retreat at the Featherock Conference Center before Christmas and one of the things we were encouraged to do was make sound resolutions in improving our prayer lives. This of course presupposes that we had one. If you don't, begin.

I Don't Know How to Pray
I am reminded of the advice given by St. Josemaria to a young man who said he didn't know how to pray. He said, “You don't know how to pray? Put yourself in the presence of God, and as soon as you have said, ‘Lord, I don't know how to pray!’ You can be sure you've already begun.” (The Way, 90).

Prayer Advice from a Saint
More advice on praying from St. Josemaria:
There are countless ways of praying, as I have already told you. We children of God don’t need a method, an artificial system, to talk with our Father. Love is inventive, full of initiative. If we truly love, we will discover our own intimate paths to lead us to a continuous conversation with Our Lord… (Friends of God, 255) 
Book Recommendations 
Finally, I would like to share a video from the folks over at Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction. Dan Burke has recently published a book on prayer entitled Navigating the Interior Life. I have not personally read it, but it is getting great reviews and the work he and Father John Bartunek do over there is great.