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Anywhere and Everywhere

Where can I pray? The obvious answer is anywhere and everywhere. St. John Chrysostom once said that it is “possible to offer fervent prayer even while walking in public or strolling alone or seated in your shop. . . while buying or selling. . . or even while cooking.”

My favorite place to pray is in front of the Tabernacle. I am a Eucharistic person and so I am drawn to the quiet and awesome mystery of praying near Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Yet, I know that I am called to pray anywhere and everywhere.

I like to tell the story that my inroads to being a part of football at the College of St. Scholastica came because I liked to pray the Rosary while walking near the practice field. One of my priest friends prays his rosary while running. And, I used to sing the Chaplet of Divine Mercy while riding bike.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that “the life of prayer is the habit of being in the presence of and communion with the thrice-holy God” (CCC 2565). It seems we are called to do that anywhere and everywhere!

So, where do you go to pray? Do you like sitting on the front porch or at the kitchen table? Do you pray while walking in the woods or strolling down a city street? Tell me. I would love to hear about your favorite places to pray.

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  1. Well I generally say my full length (including everyone) daily prayers in the morning as I wash my hair, get cleaned up and dressed, and make the bed. From there, throughout the day, as I think of various people or events, I say a prayer for them. Driving in the car, I CAN’T turn the radio on until I’ve prayed for a few people. Mowing the lawn is a perfect “place” to pray for many as well as taking a walk….the places are endless! Thanks for always making me think! Happy Day, Sr.Lisa!!

  2. I will pray anywhere, when the Spirit moves me, but most times walking along the ocean/beach. I sing/pray along with my “God” music always while driving in the car. Thank you for this reflection, S. Lisa.

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