The Gift of Prayer
Prayer is the life of the soul! How are we drawing adults, parents, kids and youth into a life of prayer? The Catechism is rich in what it says about prayer.
In paragraph 2560 it says:
“The wonder of prayer is revealed beside the well where we come seeking water: there Christ comes to meet every human being. It is he who first seeks us and asks us for a drink. Jesus thirsts; his asking arises from the depths of God’s desire for us. Whether we realize it or not, prayer is the encounter of God’s thirst with ours. God thirsts that we may thirst for him.”
Prayer and Catechesis
In many ministry settings prayer is seen too often as something to get out of the way (an attitude of “I know I should pray so let’s say a quick prayer and get on with the lesson of the day) instead of something that draws people into the mystery of Christ and a greater intimacy with Him. It is essential in our catechetical settings to create an attitude of prayer that opens hearts. Helping create an environment that draws souls into that relationship with Jesus is key if we are to lead adults and children into being truly disciples of Christ.
Not only is it important to lead people into prayer, but it will only occur if we ourselves are people of prayer; people who take time to foster a spiritual life and time for mental prayer. Yes, it is great to pray at all times and make your whole day a prayer, but this is not sufficient. We must be people who take time away from the busyness of jobs, social media that we are exposed to 24-7 and all our family responsibilities and be silent before God. Taking time to pray and making prayer it a priority is necessary for our relationship with Christ as well as our success in ministry. Catechists are then able to better engage and lead others into prayer if they themselves are people of prayer.
I recently read a great article by Marianne Cuthbertson and Dr. Caroline Farey that gives wonderful recommendations for leading others into prayer in our catechetical settings. Their numerous recommendations are exactly what we need to consider to allow our catechetical session to be times of grace and session soaked in prayer.
How do you help engage others in prayer in your catechetical sessions? Let us be drawn into and help draw others into the “wonder of prayer”.