Being prayer

In her August 25, 2015, Medjugorje message, Our Lady said, “Today I am calling you to be prayer.” I’ve been pondering this idea ever since. BE prayer? Is it like being married? A full-time relationship I chose for myself? Hubby and I do a lot of things with each other and for each other, but regardless of whether we’re together or apart, talking or not talking, we are always married. Is she saying that ‘being prayer’ is like ‘being married’?

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  1. chrissythehyphenated

    I posted this at Facebook and a friend suggested, “Maybe, live the prayer? Don’t just pray but be the prayer in action.” I like that!

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  2. From http://goo.gl/JuWRZM

    “In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, St. Paul instructs us to “Pray without ceasing”…While not actually a secret, the technique that I’m about to discuss is unknown to many Catholics.”

    For some reason I had a very spiritual year when I was seventeen (some four decades ago), culminating in a religious experience in an empty church in the middle of the day, in the middle of the week. That experience has informed the rest of my life.

    I remember sort of praying without ceasing during this period, by tying my “prayer” to my breathing — inhale “God,” exhale “Love.” My exhalation became my exaltation (cute, huh?), and I was in contant communication with the Lord.

    Sadly, such religious intensity is difficult to sustain, and my efforts to resurrect my “Breathing Prayer” these days last about sixty seconds before my mind wanders elsewhere.

    Here’s a morning prayer I say which includes this Breathing Prayer concept in its conclusion:

    Father,
    Let this be a good day.
    Let me glorify Your name,
    Let me walk in Your ways,
    Let my work be Your praise,
    And may Your light shine through in my words and my deeds.
    Let every breath be a prayer.

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  3. chrissythehyphenated

    I got another wonderful comment on this blog from an email reader:

    The Jesus Prayer — “Jesus Son of God have mercy on me on a sinner” — by St. Anthony of Egypt was tied to breathing, similar to your reader’s experience. It was difficult to concentrate doing it and difficult to remember to do it. Or, maybe I’m too lazy.

    The other thought I had is that St. Paul advises us to pray without ceasing. To me this means that our thoughts, words, and deeds are directed to, and guided by God. So, if we can do this then, yes, we are prayer.

    Together we pray each other along the way, and this is what I love about our faith. We are not alone. The thought of nuns in cloisters praying for you and I can make me weep (as I pull out a tissue). That Mass being said somewhere in the world is amazing. Same too with our beloved dead who might be in heaven praying for us. Being amidst all this prayer and God’s creation, I like to think we are swimming in a sea of God.

    Your reader has a beautiful prayer. Please let her know that her prayer has inspired me to change up my morning prayer.

    Have a prayerful day!

    Debbie

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