“Liturgy” is where prayer begins. “Meditation” is where it continues. “Contemplation” is where it leads. 

Liturgy is where our prayer begins. When the apostles asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, her gave them a liturgical prayer, the Our Father. Liturgical prayer is where we first enter into a spiritual relationship with Christ. Prayer starts on our lips. It changes our hearts. It transforms our lives. It leads us to the gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ through the sacraments of the Church.

The Holy Mass. The last thing Jesus did before he died was to give us the Eucharist, and the first thing that Jesus did when he rose from the dead was to celebrate the Eucharist again. The Eucharistic Revival invites us to enter more deeply into this mystery of our faith. “Every aspect of the celebration must be carefully tended to, and every rubric must be observed. Such attention would be enough to prevent robbing from the assembly what is owed to it; namely, the paschal mystery celebrated according to the ritual that the Church sets down.” (cf. paragraph 23 of Desiderio Desideravi.)

The Divine Office. The Liturgy of the Hours, also called the Divine Office or the Breviary, sanctifies the hours of the day with prayer. DivineOffice.org and eBreviary.com are two resources for joining in the Church’s daily celebration of praise. The Divine Office is not just for priests but for all Catholic Christians. For an overview of the Liturgy of the Hours, please click here.

The Sacraments. The Catholic Christian life is sacramental because we, as human beings are sacraments. We are a unity of body and soul, matter and spirit, and so is our prayer. When God became incarnate in Jesus Christ, he showed us how we could become partakers of his divine nature through the power and the grace of the holy sacraments of Catholic Christianity.

Lex Orandi . . . Lex Credendi . . . Lex Vivendi!  The rule of prayer . . . becomes the rule of belief . . . which establishes the rule of life.  So, what we pray, we believe; and what we believe, we live.  Therefore, start by praying well each day, and the rest will surely follow with God’s grace and blessing! Confession and Communion are the two anchors of our spiritual life. For the Mass prayers, click here. For the Confession prayers, click here. To make the most out of seasons of the liturgical year, please click here. To learn more about the foundational character of liturgical prayer and sacred music for our ongoing spiritual life, click here. To go deeper into the profound treasures of the spiritual life, please click here for information about the ChristLife Course. For an overview of the Catholic Christian lifestyle, please click here. For spiritual support in this lifestyle, become an active participant in your local parish community of faith.

Meditation is where our prayer continues. Especially in our reflective imagination, we enter more deeply into the mystery of our faith.

Lectio Divina is one of the highest forms of spiritual reading. The Sacred Scriptures come alive for us in this ancient form of meditation.

The Rosary is one of the finest forms of Christian meditation. The Rosary focuses us on the mysteries of our salvation in Jesus Christ.

One percent of our day is just fifteen minutes.

Personal Devotions provide many ways to individualize our prayer life, so that we may draw closer to our Lord in personal ways. Find a place, find a time, find a prayer, and make it part of your spiritual Plan of Life to deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ. The personal devotions in this document are special to me, but I encourage you to discover and develop these and other approved devotions that may be helpful to you in your Catholic Christian faith development. For information about the blessings in your life that come from our faith, please click here. May the Lord bless you always and everywhere and in everything!

Contemplation is where our prayer leads. Contemplation is the ultimate goal of prayer. Union with God is what we were really made for, so that we may humbly become sharers in his divine nature.

The Jesus Prayer. The prayer of the heart changes hearts. This ancient prayer form exhibits its spiritual power in profound simplicity. The Jesus Prayer not only changes our hearts and our minds; it changes our spiritual lives forever.

Adoration. The Veil Removed is a powerful video which cannot but bring us down to our knees in both wonder and awe. Remember that the A.C.T.S. of prayer include Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!

Prayerful Communities. To locate parishes and Masses in your local area, please go to MassTimes.org. Our participation at Sunday Mass should be considered as a rehearsal, a practice, or a training session for daily Christian living. When we gather together for Mass each week, and personally pray every day, we prepare ourselves to live out the Catholic Christian life more effectively each day. Come to pray, learn, and serve together with your local parish community of faith. The rule of prayer is the rule of faith, which in turn is your rule of life. What is your “plan of life?” Let it rule your faith life! For practical information about developing a genuine Catholic Christian Lifestyle as part of your personal spiritual journey, please click here

Prayerful Apps. Have you tried out the Hallow and the Amen apps? Would you like to reflect on the Mass Readings each day? Have you been watching The Chosen? If nothing else, just set an alarm on your cell phone to remind yourself to spend some time in prayer each day . . . and, if you use a phone ring as your alarm sound, you can always excuse yourself from whatever is happening to answer a very important call to prayer each day. What a most blessed excuse! So, find a time, find a place, and find a prayer! Start with liturgy, continue with meditation, and let the Spirit lead you to contemplation. Prayer is where religion and spirituality come together, like body and soul, to manifest, energize, and direct our faith as your new life in Christ.

Prayerful Lifestyles.  For practical about developing a genuine Catholic Christian Lifestyle as part of your personal spiritual journey, please click here. What we believe with our minds, and value with our hearts, is manifested in the way that we live our daily lives as Catholic Christians as pilgrims on the way to glory. Everyone has some sort of lifestyle, either intentionally or by default. What kind of lifestyle are you currently leading, and where is God calling you go?  In other words, Believe, Belong, and Become. Don’t just believe in God, believe God! Don’t just say that you are a Christian, belong to a faith community as an active member. Finally, don’t just believe and belong; actually become everything that God calls and empowers you to be, through faith, hope, and love!

Prayerful Synthesis. Prayer brings together four realities: mind, heart, soul, and body, and transforms them by the grace of the Holy Spirit: 1) Mind: our thoughts, ideas, and perspectives – the teachings and doctrines of our faith that enlighten our minds. 2) Heart: our feelings, desires, wants, and needs – the grace of the sacraments that transform our moral values. 3) Spirit: our aspirations, hopes, and quest for greatness – the infusion of the Spirit who leads us to eternal glory. 4) Body: our daily lived experience in the world around us – where interior spirituality and outward reality intersect. Our religion makes our spirituality concrete, and our spirituality makes our religion authentic. So, let us be spiritually-religious and religiously-spiritual in our faith lives.

Prayerful Progress. There are three intersecting phases of spiritual progress: the purgative, illuminative, and unitive stages. Thus, when we 1) purge evil from our minds and hearts, and 2) surge with the grace of God illuminating our souls, we begin to 3) merge our wills with the will of God. This is the narrow path of salvation that leads us from our initial conversion to Christ, through our ongoing sanctification by Christ, and on to our ultimate glorification with Christ. So, where are you at on your personal faith journey today? And, where is God calling you to go on that spiritual quest today? Please click here for more information about making progress in an intentional Catholic Christian Lifestyle of heartfelt prayer, insightful learning, and loving service. 

Some Additional Information of Interest

About Christmas. Have you ever wondered why we celebrate Christmas on December 25th?  Please click here for information about that date. And what was the year in which Christ was born? Please click here for information about that year. To find out even more about these matters, please click here. Let us celebrate our faith together throughout the liturgical year of prayer.

About Easter. In what year was Jesus crucified? Please click here for information about that year. However, there something more important than finding out when Jesus was born and died. For Catholic Christians, the real question is about being reborn in Christ, that is, about dying to sin and rising to new life in Christ. Please click here for information about ChristLife.

As Catholic Christian believers . . .
we are Looking Upward in Faith, Moving Forward in Hope, and Leading Onward in Love
. . . to New Life in Christ!