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Prayer

Holy Father praying the Rosary

Prayer is speaking and listening to God and desiring to be united with God and to do his will.

If you already pray regularly, pray especially that God will increase your faith.  Pray that God will help you to know his Catholic Church more fully, that he will guide you and show you the truth.  Pray that God will give you the strength to follow that truth.

If you don't pray regularly, then do try to.  Nothing happens without prayer.  Pray anytime, pray anywhere - pray right now if you can.  Talk to God in your own words.  If you don't know how to start, say slowly any prayers that you know off by heart, like the Lord's Prayer. It doesn't matter how self-conscious or stupid or empty you feel.  It doesn't matter what terrible things you've done, or how little you believe in God.  Start by asking him to help you to pray; say thank you for the good things in your life - however small; say sorry for the things you know you've done wrong; ask God to help you in all your needs, in all your difficulties; ask him to help those you love; tell him that you love him, that you trust him, even if you don't feel that you do; ask him to increase your faith.

Try to pray regularly, at least every day when you get up and when you go to bed, even if it's only for two minutes.  More than anything else - be honest with God, he doesn't want us to pretend that we are someone else; he loves us just as we are.

If we pray, and if we try to do what we know is right, then God will give us everything that we need. He will guide us and bring us to share in his own glorious life, united with his Son Jesus Christ, in the unity of his Holy Spirit - now, in this world, and in the unending joy of heaven.

St Paul writes: 'Glory be to him whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine; glory be to him from generation to generation in the Church and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen' (Ep 3:20,21)

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