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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Desire to Pray

During Advent, we often desire to pray more often and more fervently to prepare ourselves to celebrate Christmas. A grace-filled heart is the best preparation to receive the miracle of grace that is the Incarnation of God’s eternal Word, now made flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary.

“Fitting” prayer into daily schedules made busier by added social obligations often leaves one frustrated. It’s easy to feel that we’ve failed in our spiritual preparation. Perhaps an answer might be found in a shift of perception. Instead of fitting prayer into our schedule, we can fit our schedule into prayer.

Jesus tells us to pray always. If we begin to pray as we wake and then see everything else as an interruption to prayer, we avoid trying to get everything else done before we can find some free time to pray. If our ordinary activities now are seen as a form of distraction from prayer, we will, in fact, find more free time to pray. We will have our priorities right and we will find ourselves praying as regularly as we breathe.

Francis Cardinal George, OMI

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