At times, I find it very hard to pray. Is prayer easier when you become a priest?
Priests are just like anybody else. Sometimes they find prayer easy, sometimes they don’t. But what they learn through experience and training is that just like love, being committed to prayer in good times and in bad, gives great depth and meaning to their lives. Prayer, like love, is an act of the will. It’s something you do whether you feel like it or not.
Sometimes prayer is difficult because God is deepening and strengthening your faith. Sometimes it is difficult because you are going about it the wrong way. You may need spiritual guidance to find out what kinds of prayer – and there are many – are most suitable for you.
Most popular questions
- I feel I have a specific charism to youth outreach. Can I live this charism out as a priest, or must I follow the charism of the order I join?
- What is a deacon and how is it different than a priest?
- What can I do as a priest that I cannot do as a layperson working for a charity or NGO?
- What if as a priest I need to take time out to care for a relative or family member?
- I read stories of religious communities merging or closing down. Are religious organisations dying out?
- Are religious orders different from one another? If so, how are they different?
- As a priest if I decide that I no longer want to do something, such as work in a specific parish, do I have any say or is it all out of my hands?
- If I request information about joining a religious organisation, will I be pressured into joining?
- School was never something I really liked. Is the study part of formation very hard?
- If I become a priest can I decide where I go and what I do?