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Near in Mouth and Heart

Prayer consists in having the Lord not only near in mouth, but also near in heart.  “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). Prayer does not comprise one empty phrase heaped upon another.  Rather, … Continue reading

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Petitions Offered in Prayer

According to St. Francis de Sales in his Sermons on Prayer, petitions offered in prayer are between meditation and contemplation prayer.   He contends that petitions are made to God in prayer when “we become confident enough to ask for and … Continue reading

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Thirst

Our hearts rejoice in beauty, rest in love, and find comfort in mercy and goodness.   We long to hold these within our heart, to draw of them more deeply.  We thirst for them and from whence they come, Our Father … Continue reading

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In Silence

To pray in silence is one of my favorite forms of prayer.   Silently, I place myself in the presence of Lord.  I may sit or knell.  Typically, my eyes are closed, so as not to be distracted. In stillness, I … Continue reading

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To Competence

Discipleship has its required competencies.  Four important competencies of discipleship are: prayer, thirst for knowledge of God, selflessness, and sharing faith, hope and love in Christ Jesus. The great saints — Augustine, Dominic, Aquinas, Therese of Lisiuex, Theresa of Avila, … Continue reading

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Distraction in Prayer

Distractions can be a difficulty in prayer.  They can affect vocal, meditative, and contemplative prayer.  Distractions do not withdraw us from God; only sin withdraws us from God.  Distractions can be annoying and distressing, but lacking resolve and deliberation are … Continue reading

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Worship of God is How We Live our Life

God has revealed the type of worship He desires, worship carried out in how we live our life.   Worship is not only the words we pray, it is also the actions we take throughout each day. In 1 Samuel (15:22) … Continue reading

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