“So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding” (1 Corinthians 14:15).
I pray differently for public consumption, such as aloud at church, or for someone who is sick in a hospital, or really anywhere where other people are involved. It has been my experience that people most often need you to pray a certain way, in certain times, and discernment is how I know, at least, what is needed in a particular moment. For example, when I was a young child (so in the interests if full disclosure, I’m recounting what I’ve been told), my grandfather developed lung cancer, and near the end of his life, the elders of the church came to lay hands on him and pray (I’m sure in great part) for…
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More relevant today than ever.The whole text provided in link.It is a must read.
Recourse to God
For this reason husbands and wives should take up the burden appointed to them, willingly, in the strength of faith and of that hope which “does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us ~}36 Then let them implore the help of God with unremitting prayer and, most of all, let them draw grace and charity from that unfailing fount which is the Eucharist. If, however, sin still exercises its hold over them, they are not to lose heart. Rather must they, humble and persevering, have recourse to the mercy of God, abundantly bestowed in the Sacrament of Penance. In this way, for sure, they will be able to reach that perfection of married life which the Apostle…
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