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Growing in Prayer

“A soul arms itself by prayer for all kinds of combat. In whatever state the soul may be, it ought to pray. A soul which is pure and beautiful must pray, or else it will lose its beauty; a soul which is striving after this purity must pray, or else it will never attain it; a soul which is newly converted must pray, or else it will fall again; a sinful soul, plunged in sins, must pray so that it might rise again. There is no soul which is not bound to pray, for every single grace comes to the soul through prayer.”
St. Faustina Kowalska

If the object of our lives is to become a Saint, we must make prayer the centre of our lives. There has been no Saint in the Catholic Church that did not completely immerse themselves in prayer. Even if it is a struggle sometimes and even if we have a hundred and one other things to be doing, we must keep fuelling the fire in our hearts. Sometimes it may be a roaring fire, shining brightly, and sometimes it may be just embers. But without the light of the flame, all that is left is darkness.


What good would a relationship be without communication? Can you imagine how heartbroken the people in our lives would be – be it a spouse, mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter, friend – if we never got to know them, or talk to them? Our relationship with Jesus is the most important of all. He longs for our prayers. He doesn’t need them, and quite frankly, He doesn’t need us. He wants us; He thirsts for us. He created us out of love, to be loved and to give love.  A relationship with Jesus without prayer is no relationship at all.


In prayer, we unite our heart to God’s. In the same way that we communicate with the people around us, we need to talk and listen. It’s a two-way street. He doesn’t just want us to speak to Him; He wants us to listen to His Word. He wants us to follow Him. The only way we can do this is by allowing Him to speak to us in the silence of our hearts.

Keeping a regular prayer life can be very difficult. It requires dedication and perseverance. It can be especially difficult when all of our day-to-day stresses get in the way. We know how important prayer is for our relationship with God and our salvation. Our goal here is not to overwhelm or discourage you, but rather the opposite, to give concrete examples and ideas to help you grow and nurture your prayer life.


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