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Whole is greater than parts: '''prayer > prayers'''
 
Whole is greater than parts: '''prayer > prayers'''
 
* we can say ''prayers'' without ''praying''
 
* we can say ''prayers'' without ''praying''
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* However, the Holy Spirit uses ''prayers'' to lead us to ''prayer''
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== Goal of Prayer ==
  
 
Goal of prayer: intimate union with the Trinity
 
Goal of prayer: intimate union with the Trinity
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*** Repetition and calming, without thinking too much
 
*** Repetition and calming, without thinking too much
 
*** Just being present
 
*** Just being present
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== (Weekend of Recollection Notes on Prayer) ==
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== Roles of Prayer ==
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* God is the primary actor: everything we do is fundamentally a response to something that God has already done.
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* Spirit teaches us (individually and the Church) how to pray
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** unites our prayers to those of Jesus
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* Jesus prays ''for'' us (both on our behalf and us as recipient) and intercedes for us as Priest
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** He prays ''in'' us as head of his body, the Church
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** We pray ''to'' him as God
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<blockquote>prayer is communion with the Holy Spirit in us, through Jesus, to the Father.<cite>Pope Benedict XVI</cite></blockquote>
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== Discipline in Prayer ==
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* Fidelity and regularity
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* Never "I ''feel'' like praying (or not praying) today"
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* Activity of '''plopping''' when all else fails: "plopping your frickin' ass on a pew in a chapel" (5 min&hellip; 10 min&hellip;)
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* Don't fall into habit of Palagianism
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** Don't expect certain outcome (''quid pro quo'') from saying certain prayers
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** Don't create a "checklist" of prayers to do that closes us off to ''receiving'' in prayer
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*** Prayer is foremost a ''receptivity'' to God's grace
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** "Be still and know that I am God" ({{bibleref|Ps|46:11}})
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** Don't let listening become one of those "checklist items" ... Be an attentive ''listener''
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*** Be willing to put down your own "prayerful activity to allow the Holy Spirit to lead you into deeper communion
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== Distractions ==
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When our thoughts begin to wander (involuntarily),
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* unity is not broken
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* effectiveness measured by desire (our desire to pray is itself a form of prayer)
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Sources of distractions:
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# Satan
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#* feeling guilty or unworthy
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# Ourselves
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#* lack of preparedness or disposition
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#* unfinished business
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# God
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Dealing with distraction:
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* write it down (never pray without paper, journal, electronic device in my case)
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* engage the distraction and bring it into prayer

Latest revision as of 17:00, 2 December 2019


St. Therese

  • Prayer is a natural faculty, so we should instinctively know how to pray.
  • However, we do not know how to pray as we ought:
    • Holy Spirit teaches us
    • We only learn how to pray through praying
    • We only learn how to pray well through praying much

Like rich food, too much prayer at once can make us "sick"

  • Growth/Depth in prayer has to be built on successive foundations

Whole is greater than parts: prayer > prayers

  • we can say prayers without praying
  • However, the Holy Spirit uses prayers to lead us to prayer

Goal of Prayer

Goal of prayer: intimate union with the Trinity

  • comes in many forms
    • whatever centers us and focuses us toward this union may be called "prayer"
    • fishing, shooting hoops even

Types of Prayer

  • Public Prayer
    • Liturgical Prayer: the summit toward which all other prayer is oriented (Mass, Sacraments, Liturgy of the Hours)
    • Communal Prayer: in a group "where two or three…" (Rosary, saying novenas, Stations of the Cross, family prayer)
  • Individual Prayer
    • Word Prayer
      • our own words
      • "rote" prayers
    • Mental Prayer (active thinking)
      • Ignatian lectio divina: insert self into scripture
    • Contemplative Prayer
      • Repetition and calming, without thinking too much
      • Just being present

(Weekend of Recollection Notes on Prayer)

Roles of Prayer

  • God is the primary actor: everything we do is fundamentally a response to something that God has already done.
  • Spirit teaches us (individually and the Church) how to pray
    • unites our prayers to those of Jesus
  • Jesus prays for us (both on our behalf and us as recipient) and intercedes for us as Priest
    • He prays in us as head of his body, the Church
    • We pray to him as God

prayer is communion with the Holy Spirit in us, through Jesus, to the Father.Pope Benedict XVI

Discipline in Prayer

  • Fidelity and regularity
  • Never "I feel like praying (or not praying) today"
  • Activity of plopping when all else fails: "plopping your frickin' ass on a pew in a chapel" (5 min… 10 min…)
  • Don't fall into habit of Palagianism
    • Don't expect certain outcome (quid pro quo) from saying certain prayers
    • Don't create a "checklist" of prayers to do that closes us off to receiving in prayer
      • Prayer is foremost a receptivity to God's grace
    • "Be still and know that I am God" (Ps 46:11)
    • Don't let listening become one of those "checklist items" ... Be an attentive listener
      • Be willing to put down your own "prayerful activity to allow the Holy Spirit to lead you into deeper communion

Distractions

When our thoughts begin to wander (involuntarily),

  • unity is not broken
  • effectiveness measured by desire (our desire to pray is itself a form of prayer)

Sources of distractions:

  1. Satan
    • feeling guilty or unworthy
  2. Ourselves
    • lack of preparedness or disposition
    • unfinished business
  3. God

Dealing with distraction:

  • write it down (never pray without paper, journal, electronic device in my case)
  • engage the distraction and bring it into prayer