OCTOBER DEVOTION – THE HOLY ROSARY – DAY 5 – THE HOLY ROSARY – “PRAYING IN SECRET” (MATTHEW 6:5-6)

October 5, 2018frjohnma

Reading meditatively the definition of prayer according to the heart and mind of the Church as contained in her principal catechetical resource material, The Catechism of the Catholic Church, reveals that “Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God.” But when we pray, do we speak from the height of our pride and will, or ‘out of the depths’ of a humble and contrite heart? He who humbles himself will be exalted; humility is the foundation of prayer, only when we humbly acknowledge that ‘we do not know how to pray as we ought,’ are we ready to receive freely the gift of prayer. ‘Man is a beggar before God.’” (CCC 2559). There are two main movements in prayer. The movement from words to unite with God and our neighbours. And the movement beyond words. Jesus taught us the two movements. The first movement He taught us with examples like “Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you” (Matt. 7:7). The vocal prayer or prayer of words in the Our Father and Hail Mary takes care of  the first movement of prayer. This we have been doing very well but we are almost stuck to it and we are becoming too spontaneous and our spontaneity without guidance seems to be leading us out of track. On the other hand, we have the second movement of prayer; “praying in secret” (Matthew 6:5-6), “not babbling on as the Gentiles do” (Matthew 6:7). To pray in secret is to pray beyond words. It is to say the mental prayers of visualising the mysteries of the Rosary. This points to openness to God and not seeking for so much understanding but for God to totally control every bit of our lives. These all point to meditation and contemplation. Unfortunately they are the roads less travelled in the spiritual life particularly in the department of prayer. The good news is that the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary has the capacity to offer us the opportunity to actualise both movements in and of prayer. All thanks to OUR LADY OF THE HOLY ROSARY. PLEASE PRAY YOUR ROSARY TODAY AND ALWAYS. PLEASE PRAY FOR ME!

 

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  • Willy NZETE

    October 5, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Thank you Fr for your incisive blogs. A little clarification please.
    During prayers, especially Rosary, sometimes one drifts away and remain so till something – either a sound or even a mistake in the words – happens to draw back attention to the present. This scenario could happen in a private or public prayer. May I ask Fr, would it be advisable to restart the prayers from beginning or to continue from where one regains conciousness?

    1. frjohnma

      October 5, 2018 at 2:32 pm

      Wow! Pale, thanks for your encouragement and question on prayer. I would like to say that first we have to acknowledge the truth that prayer is a struggle and it is never easy. Sometimes we think that “lifting mind and heart to God” are simple words. Just the way we struggle to love, so it is with prayer. Prayer is only easy for beginners and the Saints. So, in between the struggle to pray is sometimes influenced by some notions about prayer. A typical notion is that we can only pray when we are at our best. So, we think of God like a parent who only expect our best behaviour. Therefore distractions, anger, emotional instability and sexual preoccupation should deter us from praying. Please do not stop a prayer or the Rosary you have started because of distractions. If distracted and you regain your focus, continue from there. Mind you at prayer God is not an authority figure or a guest. He is not imminent but immanent at prayer. He knows the distractions before you begin to pray. So, keep the prayer going until you end. Take for instance, if you were in a public prayer and you got distracted, would you call on the leader of the prayer session to restart the prayer because of your distractions? Great question and input, thanks! I hope I was able to address your need?

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    October 5, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Padre be assured of our prayers

    1. frjohnma

      October 5, 2018 at 2:34 pm

      Thanks my namesake!

  • Margaret

    October 5, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    May God help us to always pray the right prayer at the right time.

    1. frjohnma

      October 5, 2018 at 2:34 pm

      Madam Margaret, it is nice to encounter you on this blog! God bless and keep enriching you. Amen.

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    October 5, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    May God help us in our daily struggles as we make effort to pray our rosary.

    1. frjohnma

      October 5, 2018 at 9:28 pm

      Amen

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