Something about October makes me need to dig deep for soup for my soul. Whether it's because classes are in high gear or because I'm just starting to dream about the holiday season that is right around the corner, my prayer journal seems to slip behind a throw pillow and sleep seems more desirable than Mass on Sunday mornings. Do you have regularly scheduled spiritual lows too?
This year though, I've decided to combat this month or so of casual faith with a conscious intensity. This means alarms set on my phone to remind me to pray and prayer being made the priority over coffee each morning before I get ready for my day.
We all hit walls like this. In class, this is about the time grades start to be pushed to the back burner, work starts seeming tedious, and that spiritual high you picked up at your summer retreat has long worn off. So what can we do pick us up, pump us up, and help keep our fires lit?
1.) A New Way to Pray
Add something new to your prayer routine. I've recently started watching/listening to Fr. Mike Schmitz who publishes YouTube videos through Ascension Press. (http://ascensionpresents.com/) My parents love John Michael Talbot, an older married man, who speaks each day on the day's particular readings (http://www.johnmichaeltalbot.com/). If you're a rosary person, try the Divine Mercy chaplet. There are more options for prayer than you realize, try something new.
2.) An Accountability Buddy
Going to church as a young adult can be difficult, especially when you are going alone. Church is often a family event and going alone seems to detract from the entire church experience. There is something to be said about going with someone in particular and praying beside a close friend or family member. Reach out to your friends and find someone to worship with. Attend church together and then grab a coffee or brunch! Having someone you're meeting at the church helps ensure that you'll be there.
3.) Pray Intentionally
Sometimes prayer can be so ambiguous, it is difficult to find something to pray about. We don't want to just pray for us and for our needs. We need to praise God, we need to express our love for God, and we need to pray for those around you. Make a list of who or what you want to pray for: the election, Hurricane Matthew, your parents, your roommate, your pregnant aunt, or whomever else needs some extra prayer in your life.
We can get through these October blues together my friends! I would really appreciate if you could give me intention for my prayers though. Please comment below or contact through any social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) to let me know how I can pray for you over the next month.
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