A Simple Way to Start, Continue, and End Each Day

Silent Prayer

(This idea is not original – it came from Cardinal Desire-Joseph Mercier, who lived in the late 19th century into the early 20th century.)

Each day – starting when you rise from your slumber – take a few minutes of silence. Wait to check the phone (maybe even turn it off). Don’t check the email just yet. Let the coffee finish brewing. Sit up, close your eyes, and enter the sanctuary of your baptized soul. There realize that God himself dwells. Spend time with him. Rest with him. Pray this prayer slowly:

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

This can be done at various points throughout the day. Simply stop whatever is going on, sit still for three, four, five minutes, and listen for the voice of the Holy Spirit, who dwells within you. Perhaps you will “hear” some promptings, or perhaps you won’t hear anything at all. Results matter little and tend to develop over longer periods of time. What matters most is that we take time to worship God and invite him into the chaos of our lives. Doing this will change everything because it will remind us that the Holy Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – is with us always, just as Jesus promised (Mt. 28:20b).

What a gift it is to be a disciple of Jesus Christ!