To pray is to LISTEN!
One theme of this blog is PRAYER, but in my previous entries, I haven’t posted any prayers yet. Allow me to share with you some of my favourite prayers that I usually recite mentally when I’m in solitary. Or sometime whenever my personal prayer ceases me, that I needed the aid of these very beautiful and profound prayers from the heart.
I will not share on HOW to pray, but only to impart few of the well known prayers that I loved the most. Likewise, on how I arrived and experienced my personal union with God through prayer.
For we all have our unique ways of praying. Whether by means of meditation, contemplation, singing, dancing, work and prayer, breathing or simply just being still… or… just “to be”… and the most simple way is to pray without words and“IN” love.
Okay, let me give you an example…
When a person is in love… I mean deeply in love. Often, words need not to be uttered anymore. The body language, the eyes, the loving smile and gesture express it all!
When you love someone, you just want to listen to his or her stories. You find sweet intimacy with every breathe and words coming from that person. Every detail interest you. Mutual understanding is automatic and effortless.
When you receive a kiss from the one you loved. It is good to feel that passionate kisses by simply closing your eyes and being carried away to the heavens above! No words… but only loving kisses… in silence. (Oh my! Now I miss my sweetheart.)
Without malice but in the union of loving couples, (let me emphasize again being “deeply in love”), often you just behold the person’s beauty. Sometime you stop for awhile and gaze on everything about the significant other. Loving sigh! You are speechless and at the same time every moment is sacred with that person. (This is not a valentine pro bono okay haha!)
In my humble opinion, expressing prayer in silence and sacred romance is nearly quite the same. Though here, we are connecting ourselves to God (sacred moment with God). What I am trying to say is that, prayer is like being with the one you love. A love song that lifts you high, that brings you to the heights of perfection. Wherein you will only find peace, comfort, healing and love. This is a simple thought that I expressed and experienced in my personal prayer. I don’t know the theology of prayer but I would like to share with you what I knew from my heart.
Every time I will watch EWTN (Catholic Network) I am so consumed by the prayers of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Whenever she will recite the Family Prayer, I will find myself in total peace of being. I chew slowly and savoured every sacred word until it penetrated the innermost faculties of my heart and soul. What a refreshing consolation! Pure joy and profound peace! I hope and implore that you’ll find and experience the same joy and peace that I enjoyed. I suggest you read the prayer slowly…
(Mother Teresa composed this prayer for the United Nations International Year of the Family)
Heavenly Father, you have given us a model of life in the Holy Family of Nazareth.
Help us, O loving Father to make our family another Nazareth
where love, peace and joy reign.
May it be deeply contemplative, intensely Eucharistic and vibrant with joy.
Help us to stay together in joy and sorrow through family prayer.
Teach us to see Jesus in the members of our family especially in their distressing disguise. May the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus make our hearts meek and humble like His
and help us to carry out our family duties in a holy way.
May we love one another as God loves each one of us more and more each day,
and forgive each other’s faults as You forgive our sins.
Help us, O loving Father to take whatever You give and to give whatever You take
with a big smile.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, cause of our joy, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
Holy Guardian Angels be always with us, guide and protect us.
As I recall when I was in Mindanao, one of my monk friend told me before… Honeybrisket… “For you to arrive at everything, desire to possess nothing.”
Truly, God will fill your brim if you are “empty”. How can God fill you when you are already filled with so much worldly attachment that are futile and that easily perish? “Let my prayer be is to desire for nothing that I may possess everything!” And God is my everything!
One classic prayer that I loved so much and I doubt many adults don’t usually pray this anymore, is the Angel of God. Whenever I recite this prayer, it always make me arrived to be a “kid” at heart.
Angel of God,
my guardian dear,
To whom God’s love
commits me here,
Ever this day,
be at my side,
To light and guard,
Rule and guide.
Lastly, a short sacred song that I usually play in my room when I’m alone entitled Sacred Space by Sr. Eppie Brazil, OP. Very invigorating when accompanied by rhythmic breathing and meditation, this mantra of sacred song is so perfect that it will permeate every cell of your being. So refreshing!
“Deep within me now is a Sacred Space,
And to God I bow for this gift of grace”
(Slowly repeat over and over until you are consumed by the prayer,
until you become a prayer yourself.)
Utter the prayer… Pray mentally… until you become silent in prayer.
I hope I imparted not only inspiring thoughts from my previous blog, but sharing with you inspiring, simple and beautiful yet profound classic prayers from the heart. And I will really appreciate if you could also post your personal or favourite prayers here in my blog. That will be great!
Let us all be a living prayer in this world!