(This is an on-going list.)
Who I pray for (w/out naming names here):
- People I know personally and love and for whom I am profoundly grateful:
- My family: parents, spouse, siblings (4), in-laws (4), out-laws! (4), nieces (4), nephews (4), their spouses (4 + more soon?), great-nieces/nephews (whoo-hoo!) (4 + more some day?), myself;
- My current students and their parents;
- My former piano teachers (4), formative pastors/priests (4); other mentors
- Former “best-friends” (girl-friends): from childhood, college days, grad-school; abroad
- People I know personally and need to keep forgiving (people I could be tempted to “demonize”!):
- Former lovers; an abuser; bullies; “difficult” colleagues;
- Former friends whose core values have been revealed to be mostly diametrically opposed to mine (I can’t deny our contrary world-views, but I refuse to assume there is no common ground, because it is part of my world-view to know God can work in each of us at any time, and I am not their judge, and I pray I am not their stumbling block.)
- People I don’t know personally, but know OF them because of their work or status or position, and whether/not I agree w/ their work or approve of their position, I still pray for their Person:
- The unborn
- And their mothers
- People suffering because of war
- People suffering because of homelessness or lack of food or work
- All the world’s children
- And their parents (especially their mothers)
- People entrapped in sexual slavery or any form of abuse
- Religious and spiritual leaders
- Teachers (especially public school teachers)
- People working in the medical/health fields
- Government leaders
- Other people who pray: the hidden people who are never known yet love the world and give themselves to lift others up
What I pray for:
- Peace in people’s hearts, homes, nations, the world
- Merciful justice: sufficient social stability, respect for law, justice executed while tempered with mercy
- Love: that every person may experience being loved and belonging
- Wholeness in Christ: that every person may be drawn to the source of Love and come to know Christ personally
- Joy, eternal bliss!
When I pray:
- Before and after things I do
- Frequently throughout teaching, practicing, relating
- Often (as meditation) when doing tasks that don’t involve other people
- In liturgy
Where I pray:
- At home
- In mass
- Where-ever I am!
How I pray:
- Silently, in my heart
- Out loud
- With and without formally written prayers
- With and without a rosary or other prayer aids
- With Scripture
- With music
- With and without words
- Sometimes with movement (spontaneous dance!)
- Communing with nature
- Communing with others, especially in liturgy
Why I pray:
- It’s how I Live
- It’s how I draw breath
- It’s how I commune with God
- It’s how I collect myself
- It’s how I am born into Life-in-Christ
Mantras (short phrases) I sometimes use (repeat while meditating or even tasking):
- Jesu juva!
- Soli Deo gloria!
- I trust You, Jesus.
- Praise be Jesus!
- Praise be Thee forever!
- Blessed be The Lord forever!
- Blessed be Thy Name!
- Abba-Jesus-Spirit, I love You!
- Thank You Lord!
- (sometimes my “mantra”) is just an image: usually of God and I embracing or dancing, moving in a circle w/ light and love emanating
- sometimes the image is of my interior “prayer circle” (developed from an Ignatian spiritual exercise and a vision I first had in 1985)