Our Journey Through Prayer
by Kevin Cody | March 23, 2017
Daily prayer is the most essential habit of the spiritual life. The more ingrained this habit becomes in our lives, the clearer we hear the voice of God. The clearer we hear the voice of God in our lives, the more likely we are to experience the peace and happiness he yearns to fill us with. Matthew Kelley Best Lent Ever 2017
If you had asked me five years ago if I had a good prayer life I would have answered – yes, I do have a good prayer life. I prayed in the morning with my wife Terry and as a family we prayed at meals and at bedtime. I prayed at church and at the graves of those that I buried. We belong to a couples sharing group and I attended men’s retreats. What more did I need?
Having participated in the formation program for the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Manchester, NH, I now know that there is so much more to learn and love about my Catholic Faith and developing my prayer life. I lived my Cursillo 28 years ago and on that weekend I was encouraged to develop a personal relationship with Jesus. I believed at that time that I had that relationship. I now know that this bond has to be continually nurtured and cultivated by me. I have learned that my time in prayer has to be deeper and more intimate. I want to be open to what I am being called to do.
Our prayer lives need to develop and change as we challenge ourselves and as we grow in our faith. My prayer time has developed to also include the Liturgy of the Hours, the Rosary and spending time in the Adoration Chapel which gives me time for more quiet reflection so I can listen to God and not monopolize the conversation between us.
When asked today how my prayer life is I answer that it’s good, but can always get better. As I journey through Diaconate Formation, God willing towards ordination, I pray that my prayer life will continue to develop and evolve to allow me to become closer to Jesus.
This blog post was contributed by Kevin Cody, Ste. Marie Parish Manchester, NH