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Making a Place For Prayer in Your Home

Jun 13, 2016 by

My mom became Catholic a few years ago. I was fortunate enough to sit in on many of her RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) classes.  There was a group of about fifteen catechumens and sponsors and a few extras at each class. (I would even bring my high school kids to a few of the classes.)

Father Reid (a parish priest in Charlotte, NC) would sometimes rely on the sponsors to share a little, and would occasionally ask a spontaneous question of the Catholics in the room.

One of the sessions was about prayer and Father spoke of the importance of finding a good spot to pray regularly. He put me on the spot and asked me where I like to pray.

The question took me by surprise. I actually didn’t really have a favorite place to pray. He reminded everyone that we can pray anywhere, anytime. But he also pointed out that having a specific place—where we can be quiet amidst the noise of life; a place we regularly go to for prayer—can be a huge help in our spiritual life.

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At the time I felt like I had a pretty good prayer life. I had incorporated prayers like the Angelus and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy into my daily routine. I tried to examine my day before I fell asleep, and pray when I woke up. But I hadn’t ever had a particular place to pray...a go-to spot where I could be quiet with God.

Further reading: How to Create a Home Prayer Corner in 4 Easy Steps

One morning a few weeks after that class, I returned home from a 7 AM Mass to a quiet house. We had recently rearranged a room in our home to make it a study (adjacent to our “homeschool” room; it had really become just a place for toys and books to pile up) by putting in a few bookshelves.

When I got home from Mass that morning, I sat on the couch in that room to wait for my coffee to brew before everyone else was up. I sat there for a few minutes and a calmness fell over me. I picked up a spiritual book and began to read. I read and prayed for fifteen minutes before I realized that I had found the perfect spot in my home to pray.

 

My "place for prayer..." My "place for prayer..."

 

Since then I have placed a crucifix on the wall in front of where I sit and a statue of Mary on top of the bookshelf. I added more spiritual books to the shelves.

I now try to sit in that room as often as I can. I especially love the mornings, when all the house is still. My prayer life has improved tremendously since establishing this regular place to pray. I find myself longing to go there. It's a place where I know I can quiet my mind. Perhaps it is because it is not in view of the kitchen or laundry room, where there is always something to busy myself with; so I can focus, and leave my to-do list behind for a few minutes.

Little did I realize, at that RCIA class, that Father’s question about where I went to pray would be such an important one. I am grateful that he asked.

 

If you want to learn more about bringing a Christ-centered atmosphere to your home, you'll want to sign up for this series: Catholic at Home

Do you have a place to pray? Share with us in the comments below!

Looking for some beautiful art for your prayer corner? Here are some of our favorites from the Catholic Company:

 

 

Mary, Untier of Knots Framed Print Mary, Untier of Knots Print in Ornate Gold Frame 10 x 16

 

 

Standing Crucifix 13" Standing Crucifix, 13"

 

 

Our Lady of Grace Statue Our Lady of Grace Statue, 10.25"

 

 

San Damiano Cross 10" San Damiano Cross, 10"

 

 

Crucifixion Triptych Crucifixion Triptych

 

 

The gift of having a special place to commune with God

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