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Improve your Prayer Life with a Home Prayer Corner

Aug 29, 2012 by

A consistent prayer life is one of the most important habits a Christian can develop.

However, most of us know that maintaining a prayer life is not easy and takes much effort and commitment. Thankfully, Catholics have many tools which they can use to develop their prayer life including the Catholic Bible, rosaries, crucifixes, and the Liturgy of the Hours, to name a few.  The question for Christians is, how do we practically maintain a life of prayer amidst all the distractions and priorities of our day?

This is a fantastic question that has a multitude of answers. For starters, you can pray the rosary daily, carry or wear a small crucifix to remind you to pray, or prayerfully read the Catholic Bible regularly. These are all great ideas.

One practice that has completely renovated and improved my personal prayer life is making a prayer corner in my home.

A prayer corner may differ from home to home, but at the very least it is a small space which serves as a visible encouragement to pray.  Mine consists of an amazing crucifix, my favorite holy cards, a Catholic Bible, and a rosary. I have everything on a little desk with the crucifix on the wall above it. My home prayer corner is next to my bed and serves as a consistent reminder to pray and make Jesus Christ the most important part of my life each day.

Your prayer corner should include things that speak to you personally. For example, a prayer book you love, or a favorite Catholic gift you've received, or a favorite saint statue. Catholic icons depicting Jesus or Mary also make great additions to prayer corners. If you have a love for the rosary then you should certainly include one. If you keep a prayer journal, putting that in your corner with a pen is also a great reminder to keep up with it. Including a beautiful crucifix is another good idea, as it will encourage you to reflect on your relationship with Christ and his ultimate sacrificial love for you.

I hope that your prayer corner includes whatever will benefit your relationship with Christ the most, whether that be a rosary, a Catholic Bible, prayer cards, or all three. If you don’t have a prayer corner already, just give it a shot.  Chances are good that it will be a great spiritual benefit to you and your family.

{ Click the image below for one family's creative use of a home prayer corner }