#1 What is Prayer? – Going Deeper in Prayer – Fr Byrd
Fr. Jerry Byrd gives the first of five talks in his weekend retreat, "Going Deeper in Prayer," where he answers the question, "What is Prayer?" by referring to the saints.
According to the Saints
Pius X Elevation of the mind to God to adore, thank and ask him for what we need.
St Therese - a surge of heart, look to God, trial, and joy
Going to God, adoration of him, crying out for what we need
Important to say I don't know what I want
Going to God in humility to ask him what we need, acknowledging that we do not even know what we need.
4 Categories of prayer to strive for at each time of prayer:
1 Meditation or mental prayer
2 Spiritual reading
3 Expression of prayer:
1 Liturgical prayer, Mass, divine office, exhibition, etc.
2 Vocal prayer, prayer together with others
3 Mental prayer, contemplative
Examination of Conscience for act of contrition
Liturgy of the Hours
Fr. Jerry Byrd is the pastor of St. Ann and St. Joseph, Jennings County, and St. Mary, North Vernon, in the Indianapolis Diocese. https://www.archindy.org/staff/priests/byrd-jerry.html
Also on YouTube: https://youtu.be/-1yRr7rQ6I8
From the Mother of the Retreat Redeemer Retreat Center: https://maryschildren.com/retreats/
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