August 4, 2009

Time for prayer

I have become a prayer slacker. I was doing so well for awhile, but lately I don’t seem to have the time or the drive to engage in active prayer and study. Oh sure, I still say the blessing at meals, pray before I go to bed and while at Mass, maybe a rosary here and there. But study the Bible or read a Catholic book? Not much since Lent. Pray the rosary every (weekday) morning? Not every day for sure. I’ve even let slip the morning prayer routine that I started with Little One.

Now, to be transparent, I’ve let a lot of things slip lately. I suppose I’m in a bit of a funk coupled with job worries and career stress plus inertia over where to live along with our recent miscarriage. Or maybe I am just having a mid life crisis. Ok, that last statement is a definite, but I digress.

Driving to work the other day thinking about why I’ve slacked off on my rosary praying on the way to work (but not, mind you, picking up my rosary and praying), I did come to the brilliant epiphany that I didn’t need to wait until I had time to pray the entire rosary. And this was before coffee (ok, I had a cup of tea before I left the house).

Praying means a lot of things. In this earlier post, I outlined the ACTS of prayer (adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, supplication). Prayer can be long or short, just as long as we pray. And listening is as important – if not more important – than talking.

I do find that the more I pray, the more peaceful I am. Who wouldn’t want a little more peace in one’s life?


Valarie B. said...

I like your blog. . . the name caught my eye on the "Catholic Mothers Online" list on another blog. . . I am a Texan who is living in North Carolina and trying to get back to Texas. But I started trying to figure out what generation I am, and alas, I am only a 5th generation Texan! LOL My earliest Texas ancestor was born there in 1852, however, one of my 3rd great-grandfathers fought at the Battle of San Jacinto!! Anyway, I just wanted to say "Hello!" and let you know you got somebody thinking way over on the East Coast, LOL!!!

Diana said...

Very cool! I love history, and family history is certainly interesting. My earliest can be traced to Austin's 300 that came to SE TX in the 1820s. Hey from Texas!

a kelly said...

Oh...I can relate...
I've had my slacker moments, have to remind myself how good I feel when I put the time in to prayer and reading.
I've decided to click on one of the Catholic Mother's online everyday and unite with others on the journey. It's great support and inspiration. Love your words!
God Bless

Diana said...

Alexsandra, thanks for stopping by. What a good idea to pick a blog a day from the Catholic Mothers' listed. Blessings to you!

Mary333 said...

The name of your blog caught my eye,also. My husband is from Texas. Although he doesn't live there now, he will always be a Texan at heart. The rest of his family still lives there. He has converted to Catholicism from a Pentecostal/Baptist background. I'm glad I found your blog!

Diana said...

Hi Mary! Yes, we Texans are always Texans. Hopefully we're not too annoying.

I am happy that your husband has converted - I'll have to read his conversion story on your blog. We are still a blended/mixed family, although my husband does support my Catholicism.

Thanks for stopping by - blessings!