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In last week’s article on Catholic Prayer for Busy Moms, I mentioned that I do a morning offering. I also have certain prayers that I offer up whenever a trigger hits. For instance, when I hear an emergency vehicle, I say a little prayer for the drivers and the people they are going to help. A woman in my Mothers In Christ group said she says a little prayer for the people whose laundry she is folding. Whenever my mother-in-law passes a church, she makes the sign of the cross. When I see something beautiful or rare in the world (a rainbow or that particular snowfall where it looks like diamonds are falling from the sky), I give thanks to the Lord for the wonders of his creation. Whenever we eat (in theory; we are imperfect beings :D), we say Grace Before Meals. I also found a lovely prayer that I wish I knew when I first gave birth to Lil’ Bit that you can say while Nursing:
God, you are like a mother to us all, nourishing all creatures with food and with blessing.
Strengthen my child with (my milk, this food) and with the warmth of our nearness.
I also immediately pray for people when someone (usually online) requests prayers because while I might intend to do it during structured prayer time…well, lets just say I don’t HAVE structured prayer time. I do the same thing when I hear about some tragedy on the news that touches me. If there is an abortion clinic or Planned Parenthood nearby, say a prayer for the mothers and babies who have been hurt there.
When I drive past cemetaries, I say the prayer for eternal rest:
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
There are also certain times of day that lend themselves to prayer very well. Many people say a rosary while they are on the treadmill; I used to do it while I rode my recumbent exercise bike or when I took my daughter for a walk. I’ve purchased CD’s of the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy on CD and put them on my iPhone. I listen to them when I run errands. I can get through 3/5 of a Rosary on the way to the grocery store. Most of my errands are at least a Rosary (there and back).
Think you don’t have time for more formal prayer? EWTN airs various prayers several times a day. Not only can you view daily mass several times a day, but you can also do Rosaries (varies from 15-30 minutes depending on which one you happen to be watching. The Holy Land Rosary in the early AM is fairly short — Mother Angelica is a full 30 minutes). They also air litanies and my favorite, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Even if your area doesn’t carry EWTN, if you have internet, you can stream both their radio & television feeds.
And the best part? Many of these, when done in a state of grace and the other requirements, qualify for a partial or plenary indulgence. Another way to multi-task your prayer life!
How do YOU pray without ceasing? Share your tips in the comments!