“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”
The Jesus Prayer
“… we cannot pray “at all times” if we do not pray at special times, consciously willing it.” (CCC 2697)
A few weeks ago, Fr. Jack mentioned the book, The Way of the Pilgrim. This book is a classic text on the spiritual life. In it, the story is told of a pilgrim whose life is changed because of his constant attention to prayer. The prayer used in the book is the Jesus Prayer above. Through the constant repetition of this simple prayer, the pilgrim finds his heart being transformed by the love of God and his life changing as a result.
Prayer is the cornerstone of the spiritual life. A Christian who does not pray regularly is deprived of the greatest source of joy and strength on the spiritual journey.
Fr. Jack’s homily obviously touched the hearts of many people. Several people have asked me for the title of the book and the simple prayer Fr. Jack taught us. Maybe you are feeling called to deeper prayer but don’t know how to pray. If that is the case, I would encourage you to find a person you know who prays and ask them how they pray. Ask them if you could pray with them. On Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings, a small group of us gather for a simple liturgy of the word at 8:15am. Consider joining us and learning how to pray. If you are interested and honestly seeking a deeper relationship with God, prayer is the best thing for your soul.
Prayer has been a great gift for my life. It has brought me joy and seen me through hard times. As the days get shorter and the nights longer, I encourage you to explore your prayer life. The time will not be wasted.
Dcn. Lincoln A. Wood