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Lack of focus doesn’t mean lack of fath

No Image [email protected] on November 25th, 2023 at 9:14
In reading today I found it hard to maintain focus on the prayer itself. May those dispirit thoughts move me toward deeper faith and not away from it and that the words of the prayer...

9 responses to “Lack of focus doesn’t mean lack of fath”

  1. Jeanne Barry says:

    Thinking of your post…. i recall anither grace of St. Therese. After having her meditatinon if she raalized someone had come into her mind, she would lift them up to our Lord and say, “make of my distractions a ptayer.” Always trusting in His merciful love.

  2. carmelgirl13 says:

    Me too! I had ti go back snd reread the prayer.

  3. Michael King says:

    Distractions in prayer are normal as we move from natural perception (senses) to awareness within the soul. Every distraction is an opportunity for self-denial and tuning the heart and soul to God. If in 10 minutes of prayer one is distracted 100 times, that is 100 time you denied yourself and turned your heart to God – this is prayer. Commitment to this by grace disposes the soul to God’s transforming union, leading to deeper prayer (relationship) and union with God. WHAT IS PRAYER?“For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy” (St. Thérèse of Lisieux – Catechism of the Catholic Church #2558)

    • Charles Sterling says:

      MichaelYou put a wonderful spin on the distractions and often lack of focus I encounter in prayer. Now while I try to stay focused and not distracted, when I fail, it is a reaffirmation of an opportunity for self denial and Gods love for me (us)

  4. Jeanne Barry says:

    It seems that lack of focus is part of our human condition… but God is happy with our desire and motive to draw near to Him. He hides behind the clouds like the Sun – He is there always shining and soon shows His light once again. I write this to you as I am in a state where the clouds are thick – thank you for reminding me of this thought – from St. Therese of Lisieux… God be with us all…

  5. Jim says:

    Deacon Don, Thank you for answering God’s call to your vocation as a deacon. Peace, Jim

  6. Jim says:

    Deacon Don,I often am distracted as I read the Office. When this happens, I normally stop reading ang pray to both the Holy Spirit and my Guardian Angel for help. I ask them to take away the distraction so that I can be intentional about the meaning of the reading. Most of the time when I go back to the Office I can continue uninterrupted. Peace, Jim

  7. Charles Sterling says:

    Deacon Don CThank you for your reflection on lack of focus. My mind often wanders and then I have a problem of trying to analyze why I wasn’t paying attention to what I should. Perhaps it is deepening my faith, at least I hope so.

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