“Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.” Eph 6:18
The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains prayer as a constant and never-ending action of our daily life. “Against our dullness and laziness, the battle of prayer is that of humble, trusting and persevering love.” It goes on to detail three important points on prayer: It is always possible to pray, Prayer is a vital necessity, and Prayer and Christian life are inseparable. (CCC 2742-2745)
In my busy life as a wife and mother of three young children, these words fill me with encouragement. I often climb to lofty heights with my goals for prayer. Thankfully, I usually get knocked back down and realize that the beauty of a healthy prayer life lies in simplicity. By offering my whole day with all its tiny tedious details and works, I grow stronger in love with Jesus. It is only through constant communication that I will be able to come to know Him, and love Him to serve Him as He made me to do.
Apart from the continuous short and quick prayers throughout the day, (I know there’s a name for those!) my Magnificat has been an incredible prayer aid. It is a great accomplishment if I can read through the Morning Prayer for the day and even better if I can find refreshment in the middle of the day through the day’s Mass readings. A perfect day would end with reflection on the beautiful and peaceful Evening Prayers.
Personal prayer time is vital to my everyday function. I live for His grace and I’ll take even the tiniest droplet of it to strengthen me in my vocation. Yet I’m sure I grow in virtue the most when I pray with my children and as a family. It takes patience and charity to teach a child that we are asking Mary to pray for us at the hour of our death not of our “choo-choo trains”. And boy oh boy, does it take a lot of fortitude to make it through daily Mass not to mention a full Sunday Mass!
My most favorite prayer tool is the Rosary; a form of prayer that I have known since I was very young. My mom attended her parish Rosary group devoutly and taught me to pray the Rosary when trying to fall asleep at night. The Hail Mary is my default prayer in almost all situations as I know that when she said accepted the job of mother of God she also said became my mother and prayer envoy. I’d love to sit down and pray a whole Rosary each day but for now must content myself and be filled praying one decade at a time. Perhaps I will arrive at the Holy Queen by the time I close my eyes for the night.