We, as a community of faith, must remember that we cannot give what we do not have. In order for us to welcome others into the life of the Church, we first need to make sure that our spiritual lives are properly in order. To become a more prayerful person, take inventory of how you spend the 112 waking hours each week. Are you taking time to talk to God in prayer, to speak with Him as you would a friend? Are you seeking His truth through reading the scriptures? Will you make Him first on your priority list so that you are able to give to others from the graces He has given you?
“For Catholics, stewardship of time should include setting aside periods for family prayer, for the reading of Scripture, for visits to the Blessed Sacrament, and for attendance at Mass during the week whenever this is possible.”
- From the U.S. Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Stewardship
Spending Time With God in Prayer
The Mass is the highest prayer of the Church, and should also be the high point of our week. Consider making it your top priority to never miss a Sunday liturgy or Holy Days of Obligation.
Each person needs to spend time with God one-on-one. A daily heart-to-heart conversation with Christ is the key to personal spiritual growth. Pope Francis encourages Catholics to spend 10 minutes each day reflecting on the gospel for that day, which can be found here or on Catholic apps, such as iBreviary, Magnificat, or Divine Office.
“The family that prays together stays together.” Choose times each day to pray with your spouse and children: bedtime prayers, a scripture verse at mealtimes, or a decade of the rosary on the way to school or work.