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He Will Teach You to Pray

Background Music: Panalangin
    Written by: Mark Anthony Cuevas
    Voiced by: Shirly Benedictos

October 11, Wednesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial of Saint John XXIII, pope
Daily Readings: Jonah 4:1-11; Luke11:1-4

When I was in my twenties, my parish offered a class on contemplative prayer. I went to the class faithfully, did the reading, and practiced at home every day. Yet as the class ended, I still couldn’t quiet my mind to enter a contemplative state. No matter what I did, my thoughts kept racing, preventing prayerful reflection. Near tears, I went to the teacher to ask what I was doing wrong. She gave me some advice that helps me today: not every form of prayer is spiritually beneficial to every person at every time in their lives. Since I now knew what contemplative prayer was, that method might prove beneficial to me later in life (though not yet!)

The apostles ask Jesus to teach them to pray. Each of us could make the same request. Each of us needs to learn the style of prayer that is best for us at this time in our lives. For a busy parent, family prayer or praying the rosary while commuting to work might be best. For others, prayerful reading of Scripture, contemplation, or prayer before the Blessed Sacrament might be best. Ask the Lord for help. He will teach you to pray.


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