By CJ Kallevig
When churches closed a couple of months ago, I was sad. I missed Mass, the Sacraments, and celebrating in community with other believers. I still do. But we have to adapt because our Lord is not just in the church building, He is with us at all times and in all places.
If you have found it hard to pray recently, that’s totally fine! When there is a big change in our lives that hurts, it can be difficult to pray. I’ve experienced that myself, and I wanted to share some things that have helped me:
- The Rosary
Have you ever gone on a rosary walk? I’ve found it to be very calming and peaceful, especially when walking by water or through the woods. I know that sometimes people can think the rosary is too repetitive. Others find it’s easy to lose your place, which can be true. But as long as you are praying, that’s what matters.
- Personal Space
Having a space in your home or in your room that is set aside as a prayer space is a great idea. It doesn’t have to be a large space. Mine is a window ledge that I have some statues, candles, and prayers on. That’s where I sit when I watch Mass or really want to focus on prayer rather than wandering around my house trying to pray. Eventually I’m going to set up a spare room in my apartment as a prayer space.
- Go Digital
Right now, everything is online. Friends, family, school, everything. And yes, staring at a screen for hours on end isn’t the greatest idea, but it can help with your spiritual life. Having a Bible study online, while different, can be a great way to bring people together.
- Pray for Each Other
Seems simple, right? Of course we pray for each other. But I want to challenge you to be intentional with your prayers for others. Reach out to someone and ask them specifically, “How can I pray for you this week?” It may feel weird at first, but let me tell you, it bears such amazing fruit. For me personally, often when I pray for a friend’s intention that they shared with me, I follow up with them later. It can be as simple as asking how that situation is doing, and saying that you’ve been praying. To know that you are being prayed for is powerful.
These are just a couple of things I wanted to share with you all. I hope you are doing well. I miss you all, and I am praying for you.
God bless you all, and I will see you in the Eucharist.