Meditation is an ideal way to pray. Using God's word (Lectio Divina) allows me to hear, listen and reflect on what the Lord wants to say to me - to one of his disciples - just like He did two thousand years ago.
The best time to reflect is at the beginning of the day and for at least 15 to 30 minutes.
Prior to going to sleep, read the Mass readings for the next day and then, in the morning, reflect on the Meditation offered on this website.
I hope these daily meditations allow you to know, love and imitate the Lord in a more meaningful way.
God bless you!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Luke 11:1-4 Teach Me To Pray

Luke 11: 1-4 Teach Me To Pray

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Prayer is a battle. These are the first words written in the fourth part of the Catechism of the Catholic Church under the banner “The Battle of Prayer.” Why is prayer a battle? Because life is a battle. Prayer makes all the difference between life and death, success and failure. The Lord’s prayers were those of a warrior. He chose to fight because he chose to pray. He chose to die because he chose to accept the Will of the Father. Talking about prayer is not the same as praying. Praying is not the same as talking. Prayer is a gift of the Holy Spirit. Prayer is God’s gift to us. Prayer is “a close sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with him who we know loves us” (St. Teresa of Jesus). Prayer is the passage way between heaven and earth – God and man.

Lord, teach us to pray. All it takes is a sincere heart. I wish to pray. I need to pray. Only then will I take time to pray. Time is never the problem. We find time to do all sorts of things: rise, shower, eat, drive, chit-chat, gossip, sin, lunch, smoke, TV, etc. The problem with prayer is that it can be boring! But who is boring?

A few years back we took our students to see and hear the Dallas Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert was in celebration of Mozart’s 400th anniversary. With the saddest face on his little face, a student, sitting next to me, leaned over and whispered in my ear, “this is boring.” I looked at him and told him, “You are boring!” God is not boring. I am boring! Especially when I ask for the same things over and over again, and the Lord has told me, over and over again, “No!” The reason why I think God does not hear my prayer or does not love me is because the Lord does not say, “yes” to me. It is similar to a young lady who, after reflecting on it, realized that the only time she ever hated her mom is when she said “no” to her.

The Apostles asked the Lord, teach us to pray. How does the Lord want me to pray? The answer is similar to the Commandment: With all my mind and with all my heart, the center of all my decisions and the temple of God’s glory. Words will never be sufficient. “Lord, lord…Daddy, daddy, daddy, daddy, daddy…will never soften the Giant’s heart. But a heart open to God’s Will will! Daddy, what can I do for you? The Lord always marveled at the remarkable faith of the Gentiles and sinners. He was scandalized by the lack of faith of his own disciples and race.

What is the greatest moment of my day that brings to me the greatest amount of joy? I should probably say, celebrating the Mass. And it definitely would not be a lie. But, the most consistent joy I receive in my heart is found early in the morning, alone, in silence, in the simplicity of my office, in my daily meditation on the Word of God. How he speaks to me, listens to me, opens my heart to be with him. It is a battle, that’s for sure. But it is also a journey, a trip into Heaven’s rings. There I find my Savior, my Lord and my best friend. He, who strengthens me, chastises me, loves me and forgives me, will never be far from me. In prayer, I see how God can truly be all for all and all for me. He is the one who places the words in my thoughts and upon my lips. He is the one who feeds my soul and lifts my heart to “Go throughout the world, and preach the Good News.” And it all begins like Cinderella. “In my own little corner in my own little room."


  1. Thank you for the spiritual insights! Our parents & teachers many times tell us "No!" & we don't like it. God - the all-knowing - has even better reasons. From the 7th grade boys: Will, Prad, Jared, Blaise, Alejandro, Danny, Zack, Nick, Anupam (new), Garrett, Juan Pablo, Dow, Marco, Paul (new), Sean, & {last but not least} Trey.

  2. Thank you for this great message! I think we all need to be reminded of the importance of prayer. It's such a powerful tool that God has given us.

    "Pray without ceasing." ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:17

  3. “Prayer is a gift of the Holy Spirit. Prayer is God’s gift to us. Prayer is “a close sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with him who we know loves us” (St. Teresa of Jesus). Prayer is the passage way between heaven and earth – God and man.”

    I never thought of meditations as prayer or the volumes of conversations I’ve had with God over the past few years as prayer. But I guess that’s what it is.

    As I look back I can see fruit in every crisis I’ve ever been through.

    My conversations with God started in adoration several years ago with the pain of a mother whose heart was being ripped out. The pain was so intense that there was nowhere else to turn but to God.

    I sat there and cried, He consoled. I had questions, He had answers. Sometimes the answers came faster than I could get the questions out. And very often the answers were not what I wanted to hear and many times something I had never thought of. I started writing down these conversations and as I have looked back over the years, I can see that there were certain things that He told me over and over that I did not do. In His patience, He just kept repeating them, until I complied. I can’t say I always get answers, sometimes I only get silence. Those times can be frustrating, but usually that’s when He wants me to figure it out myself or I guess He’s not ready to answer. I do have a way of getting ahead of myself.

    I really don’t understand how all this works, but I do know that I have to shut out the world, the sounds, the thoughts, the ‘stuff’ that is so distracting, to hear Him clearly. And I hear Him best when I’m in silence in His presence, preferably alone, but that is a very rare and cherished opportunity.

  4. There is nothing more beautiful than seeing you up on the altar celebrating Mass! Hearing and seeing the Holy Spirit work within you! This is what God has intended for you! Please know that you are in my fervant prayers!


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