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?
- Why are there so many different religious orders?
- Are religious orders different from one another? If so, how are they different?
- As a priest, will I get to see and talk with family and friends regularly?
- I read stories of religious communities merging or closing down. Are religious organisations dying out?
- What can I do as a priest that I cannot do as a layperson working for a charity or NGO?
- What if I change my mind about being a priest during training or things just don’t work out? How do I pick my life back up again?
- Do religious communities offer a trial period?
- Why would anybody become a priest nowadays?
- I’m very attracted to women. Will this pass with time and training or will I always be tempted?