cache of rediscovered 'cloistered heart' letters, I ran across a few sharings from friends struggling to pray in the midst of everyday demands. Because I personally find these motivating, I will try to post several of them over the next few days.
"I have been paying closer attention to my days to see exactly when and how I am praying," wrote one homemaker. "My spur of the moment thought would be 'it's a hodgepodge!' But a closer look shows me it is not as chaotic as I thought.
I have been studying the daily Mass readings; this gives me an opportunity to think about them more in depth.
My life lately has been more 'Martha' than 'Mary.' I begin the day with my Morning Offering and thanking God for the new day. It is a grace-filled time for me.
The rest of my day is filled with little thoughts, prayer aspirations, lighting a candle while I cook.
When I can manage to escape my chores for a few minutes, I sit on my yard swing and pray.
When I drive I listen to hymns on my car CD payer.
When I think about my children, I turn my thoughts into prayers for them. I sing. I sing a lot!
While ironing or doing work with my hands, I sing. I often make up my own songs to suit my thoughts or the situations of the moment.
I go to Mass several times a week. I try to pray from the Liturgy of the Hours before Mass. I go for Eucharistic Adoration each Friday, even if I can stay only a few minutes.
So you see, at the present my prayer life is nothing formal, but it is active.
More and more I realize that my prayer life changes with the seasons."
"You don't know how to pray? Put yourself in the presence of God, and as soon as you have said 'Lord, I don't know how to pray!' you can be sure you've already begun." (St. Josemaria Escriva)