Prayer is a critical cornerstone to our Catholic faith. It is a time when we both talk and listen to God. We pray to stay close to God and to deepen our relationship with Him. There is no right or wrong way to pray. Our prayer is influenced by our stage in life, circumstances, our maturity in faith, and our call to prayer. Sometimes prayers are wordy and rehearsed while at other times they are conversations with God or simply feeling His embrace in silence. At times we pray alone, other times with another or in a group.
The particular way we approach our prayer life becomes for us in a sense our prayer vocation. We grow and mature in this vocation as we do in other vocations in our life.
Why We Pray
At any time the intention of our prayer can vary. Some reasons we pray are to:
- Give praise
- Say thank you
- Say I'm sorry, ask for forgiveness
- Ask for help for ourselves or others
Some pray to ask that they be granted the knowledge to know 'why' only to discover, this is rarely the question.
Ways We Pray
- Reciting rote or memorized prayers
- Reading and reflecting