I’ve been Catholic all my life, but it wasn’t until recently (with help) that I had this realization when it comes to prayer.

 

Many times, we don’t feel like praying. Groundbreaking, I know. We’re tired, we’re busy, we just want to sleep, we simply don’t feel like it.

 

And, the reality is – all of this is true. But, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t pray. What it means is that we need a plan, or maybe two plans.

 

We need a Plan A. Let’s be honest – few times do we have spontaneously feel the need to break out into prayer. We need to plan ahead. If we want to make prayer a part of our lives, we need to make room for it, and we need to commit it to our schedule. Treat it like an appointment. Example: Rosary tomorrow at 7pm. That’s Plan A.

 

But, I’ve also found, it helps to have a Plan B. Life happens. The kids are crazy, work was brutal, etc. And, when we face adversity the decision between praying and not praying – well, you know how it goes. But, for those instances, we have a Plan B. If the rosary is too daunting, pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. If that’s too much, pray an Our Father. Pray something.

 

At the end of the day, prayer is better than no prayer. Now, that’s not an excuse to skimp on prayer. But, be self aware, be honest, and plan ahead.

 

Be the Men,

 

Mark

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