Prayer, the lifting of the mind and heart to God, plays an essential role in the life of a devout Catholic. Without a life of prayer, we risk losing the life of grace in our souls, grace that comes to us first in baptism and later chiefly through the other sacraments and through prayer itself. Through prayer we enter into the presence of the God who dwells in us. It is prayer which allows us to adore God, by acknowledging his almighty power; it is prayer that allows us to bring our thanks, our petitions, and our sorrow for sin before our Lord and God. We can use rote prayers that we’ve known since childhood or we can simply talk to God, as one friend talks to another. We can talk to Him as we adore Him in the Blessed Sacrament, we can pray as we read the Daily Readings. But to draw closer to God, we have to spend time with him and 'pray without ceasing' (I Thess 5:17).
Below are some resources to help guide your parishioners to a life of prayer.