I'm a 36 year old IT Manager at a University in Providence, RI who is currently discerning a priestly vocation.

How is your heart?

How is your heart?

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.
— J.R.R. Tolkien

Brothers & Sisters,

Ever since this prayer group has started, and I've started writing again, I've been getting sporadic messages from folks about their prayer life. It has been great to talk to people about prayer and strengthening their relationship with God. The one thing I've started asking people is how their heart is. While I'm a big fan of prayer, it's never enough to just carve out time in the day to pray without knowing what you're feeling in your heart.

Your heart will speak volumes to you if you allow it. If you can feel yourself stoking those flames as you pray, then you're heart will be warm and glowing with love. It's also an excellent barometer for us when entering into prayer. Do you not feel anything? That should trigger questions about restlessness in your mind (and heart), and distractions. Perhaps before you settle down to pray a little meditation or quiet time to calm your mind is the right play. When I became aware of these little hints that I was being given prayer became more natural for me and far more fruitful. Of course, there are days when I struggle to even get through the first few minutes let alone an hour or two. That's natural, but I often go through the mindfulness check when I'm feeling this way and try to make some adjustments.

If our hearts are in a great place, then our minds will follow and our spiritual (and prayer) life will bloom and flourish. It's a great and constant reminder that God wants to be in our hearts and we should never want to invite someone into a messy home right? If you're looking for guidance or just someone to talk about prayer or spirituality feel free to message me. If I can be an ear for you or help, I most certainly will do my best.

You're all in my prayers.

Yours,
Jeff

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