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 can I do as a priest that I cannot do as a layperson working for a charity or NGO?
- Why are there so many different religious organisations?
- The idea of public speaking is very challenging to me and I avoid it if possible. How can I be a priest when I hate public speaking?
- I hear my local priest say in his homily that there’s a shortage of priests in Ireland, is there really a shortage of priests?
- Why do I have to be celibate to be a priest?
- Why are there so many different religious orders?
- If I become a priest, will I be living with mostly elderly men?
- Would entering a religious community mean that I would have to sever my relationships with family and friends?
- 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?