We have been taught many ways too pray. Rosary, Lord’s Prayer, Hail Mary, and the numerous prayers recited in all denominations. Most, if not all, were designed, my words, to allow us to pray together as a group. I’m probably wrong but I have found that “structured” prayer is necessary for a group setting. However, when I’m alone, I do not recite those prayers. Recite, to me, means that they aren’t necessarily my words.
This isn’t the first time I’ve written about this subject, but I so much believe in contemplative prayer. I’m retired. I have every opportunity to watch a TV program or listen to music; whether I’m doing an activity or not. (The on exception is in the car. Got to have the rock on.)
Whether I’m doing a project or just sitting on the deck, perhaps doing a crossword puzzle, I make sure that there is nothing playing. Silence allows me to think about God all day. It’s worked so far. The reason this came to mind is because another quote, I found, from Father Keating, which really made my day.
“Silence is God’s first language; everything else is a poor translation.”
Like I said, structured prayers are important but they were written by humans inspired by Jesus. With silence, I get to use my own words: which have much more meaning to me.
Job 6:24 Teach me, and I will be silent; make me understand how I have erred.