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We adore You,
O Lord Jesus Christ,
in this Church and all the Churches of the world,
and we bless You,
by Your holy Cross You have redeemed the world.

St. Francis

Getting started at Prayer

Jesus tells us when we pray to "go to your private room and, when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in that secret place, and your Father who sees all that is done is secret will reward you" (Mathew 6:6). "One does not pray only when one has the time. One makes time for the Lord". (Catechism of the Catholic Church - i.e. CCC 2710) It is important that when we come to pray we give the Lord "quality time". Our prayer is a relationship, so we need to work on it. We are human and prone to distractions, so we should avail of supports to prayer that are available. Things like creating a suitable atmosphere - a quiet room, candles etc. We don't have to go to a set place for prayer, but it can be helpful. Sometimes, you may be able to visit a chapel - this has the added advantage that if the Blessed Sacrament is there, you are actually physically in the presence of the Lord. You should always begin with a little prayer to the Holy Spirit, to help you to be open to His inspirations. Scripture says, "The Spirit comes to help us in our weakness. For when we cannot choose words in order to pray properly, the Spirit himself expresses our plea in a way that could never be put into words." You could invoke His help in your own words, or use a prayer in common use, such as this one by Cardinal Mercier:

O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul
I adore you.
Enlighten me, guide me,
strengthen me and console me.
Tell me what I ought to do
and command me to do it.
I promise to be submissive in everything that you ask me to do
and to accept everything that you permit to happen to me.
Only show me what is your will
And give me the grace to do it.

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