Prayer is the cornerstone of any spiritual life. But a cultural Catholic rarely prays — at least in the traditional sense they probably grew up with. If we’re trying to get them to talk to God, inviting them to pray the rosary probably isn’t going to do it.
We know that prayer is so much more than kneeling by your bed at night and offering petitions to God. Prayer is simply “the raising of one’s mind and heart to God.” And that’s what we want to invite our target audience to do — whether through mindful meditation, silence, song, or casual conversation.
Here is some of our top content on the topic of prayer.
Social copy [IG]: If you’ve struggled to adopt a prayer practice, rest assured that you’re not the only one. Like any habit, prayer takes time to build — and what works for one person doesn’t always work for another.
Grotto writer Marye Colleen Larme is familiar with this struggle. But through challenging herself and adjusting when necessary, she found what worked for her. And in her words, “If I can do it, so can you.”
Find Marye Colleen’s tips for starting a prayer practice via the link in our bio.
[FB]: Like any habit, prayer takes time to build. If you’re looking to start a prayer practice, but you’ve struggled to stick to one in the past, you’ll want to read these tips.
Social copy [IG]: When it comes to enacting change, it is important to tend to our interior motivations. If our actions are not coming from a place of love, they will not bring the change our world needs.
Prayer is a powerful tool in this process. Not only does it help us voice what’s on our hearts, but it reminds us that we need help to make these changes a reality.
Today on Grotto, we’re sharing a prayer for racial justice. We hope you’ll join us in praying it as we continue our fight against injustice.
READ more via the link in our bio.
[FB]: If we want to dismantle racism, we must start within ourselves. Prayer is a powerful tool we can use to align our hearts with our actions — and truly make them mean something.
Social copy [IG]: It can be comforting during difficult times to lean on those who have undergone similar experiences — even if those individuals lived before us.
Today on Grotto, we’re sharing the stories of a few saints who lived through troubling times themselves, and yet showed courage and were a source of love and light despite those challenges.
We can turn to these saints while we face this pandemic, as their example can guide us through these days of struggles and suffering.
READ more about these saints via the link in our bio.
[FB]: When we’re navigating the unknown, it helps to turn to the example of those who have lived through similarly trying times. Here are a few individuals who chose to lead with love during difficult times — not only can we learn from their lives, but we can lean on them as well during our own time of suffering.
Social copy [IG]: Stopping to smell the roses is easier said than done — but mindfulness is a practice worth incorporating. And turns out, there are a few simple ways to make it a habit! By finding practical strategies for tying mindfulness into your day, you can shift your focus to the here and now instead of that to-do list that’s always waiting. Learn more by reading “3 Ways to Practice Everyday Mindfulness” by @GrottoNetwork.
[Twitter&FB]: Has your life been feeling like one big rush-hour lately? Try out some of these everyday mindfulness practices to bring peace back into your day. Read more via @GrottoNetwork
Social copy [IG]: Discouraged by your prayer life? Don’t lose hope — just because you struggle with the traditional way of praying doesn’t mean you aren’t cut out for it! Prayer isn’t limited to reciting Hail Mary’s because it takes place in your heart, not your mouth. Read @GrottoNetwork’s “4 Informal Ways to Pray (No Words Necessary)” to discover different ways to pray.
[Twitter&FB]: Prayer isn’t limited to reciting Hail Mary’s or sitting in perfect silence. Check out these informal (and authentic) ways to pray via @GrottoNetwork
Do you want to know yourself better? Then discover silence. —Pope Benedict XVI
We pay God a compliment by asking great things of him. —St. Teresa of Ávila
Prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven. —St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Prayer gives consistency and vitality to everything we do. —Pope Francis
Prayer reunites us to God. —Pope Francis