The One Essential Thing
If you asked yourself: “What is the most important thing I can do today?”—what would your answer be? You might decide that the most important thing is to do something good for another person, or to fulfill your daily duties. But in fact, the most important thing you can do each day is to pray. It's from prayer that we draw the inspiration to help others and the strength to accomplish our tasks. That’s because, first and foremost, we were created for intimacy and communion with God. That is the ultimate purpose of our existence. And we achieve this intimacy and communion with Him through prayer. Prayer is essential—yet it is one of the hardest things for us to do.
How Can We Pray Better?
Prayer is a conversation with God, and it helps us to live good lives. But if you’ve ever tried to maintain a consistent and meaningful prayer life, you know how difficult it can be. It’s easy to get off track or to feel like God is distant and unapproachable.
Prayer isn't something that just happens to us. It’s something that we do. And we often struggle through it. What is the best way to approach God in prayer? How do we grow in our prayer life?
In order to pray well, we must have a proper understanding of what prayer is and how it works—an undertstanding that isn’t based on our limited personal experience. Prayer is something that is taught and learned. In order to pray well as Christian families and as individuals, we must draw from the ways in which the Holy Spirit has taught the Church to pray over the centuries. This is exactly what we'll examine in School of Prayer—which includes practical instruction that will help you pray better, now and for the rest of your life.
Why join this series?
School of Prayer is a 30-day exploration of prayer in the Catholic tradition, both Eastern and Western. In this series you will learn how the Church prays; the different types and stages of prayer; the spiritual aids that help us to pray well; how to recognize and overcome common obstacles to prayer; and practical tips for developing good habits of prayer.
Prayer is the heart of our spiritual life. It unites us with the angels and saints in heaven as they praise and worship God. Prayer is both a sublime gift and a sacred duty, so it's important to understand it well. You won’t draw closer to God without it!
When does the series begin?
This series will launch on June 8, 2018, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. On this day you will receive daily emails linking you to new content posted right here at GoodCatholic.com. You will be able to repeat the series as often as you choose for one full year. Don’t wait! Subscribe today.