Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
I’ll be the first to admit that my prayer life has been lacking a lot in 2020. Between living through a pandemic and tackling a number of big life changes, it has been easy for me to make excuses as to why I can’t fit in time to pray (even though I know there really is no excuse…). Then when I do decide I should finally sit down and I pray, I find myself feeling guilty for my recent lack of prayer or not knowing what to do now. The reality is I can either sulk and feel guilty about my lack of prayer or I can choose to begin again.
On our journey with Christ, there will be a number of times that we will have to begin again. It’s not always easy, and it can certainly be frustrating to feel like we have fallen behind or taken multiple steps backwards. But the important thing is that we continue to return to the right path. Discipleship is not meant to be easy, and the path is going to be more difficult than we probably expect. But we can continue to ask the Lord to teach us how to pray again, to increase our desire for prayer again.
I’ve recently been taking from social media for my own peace of mind. The other night, after my mom and I finished decorating my front porch for fall, I took a picture and thought of the perfect Instagram caption… Instead of taking the time to redownload Instagram and try to remember my password, which I can never seem to remember, I thought back to my prayer journal that has been sitting in my nightstand untouched for months now. I’ve desired for so long to share my joy with friends on social media, but in the meantime, I totally forgot to share that joy (and all my other emotions) with God. That prayer journal can contain all of my witty Instagram captions and memories that never quite get published for the world to see, and I can share that joy with God.
Today, we celebrate Our Lady of the Rosary, and we read the Lord’s prayer in the Gospel. The rosary and the Our Father are two of the foundational prayers of our faith. They aren’t just “basic” prayers or prayers for “beginners.” They are prayers that we are meant to return to and meditate on time and time again. It’s important to have these foundations in our prayer, and when we don’t know what to say in prayer, the Lord continues to teach us and guide us by giving us these words to pray.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
What is stealing my peace and joy right now?
Where do I need to begin again?
What obstacles or excuses am I struggling with right now?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"Your Kingdom come."
"Your will be done."
"Give us this day."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
Choose one prayer that you can commit to praying at least 3 times a day for the next week.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Maggie Super, Director of Youth Ministry at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Huntley, IL.
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