Welcome to the second week of the Mother’s Rule of Life book study! If you missed last week, you can find that post here.
This week, we will be reading chapter 3 – The First P: Prayer. This is always the hardest one for me. I always feel that I should be doing more. I would love to have a more structured prayer life, but I didn’t choose to live a consecrated life and I don’t think that is the vocation that God wanted me to have. While I would LOVE to attend Mass daily, do Eucharist Adoration, attend a weekly, in-depth Bible study, this just isn’t the season for me to do that!
Some things that jumped out at me from this chapter:
- Prayer helps to make us more available to his direct & personal intervention in our lives.
- When we pray, he will give us the strength & meaning needed to live our vocation.
- The power of Confession & the Eucharist.
I was also reading Holiness for Housewives while working on this series and found some of the most freeing advice I had ever read.
…if God wills that you should be bowed over the sink instead of over the pew of your favorite church, then washing dishes is for you, now, the most perfect thing you can possibly do.
I also read this passage that inspired me as well.
You can either pray your way into your working day or you can work your way into prayer. By the first, I mean saying a prayer before each duty, and so directing it toward God without further attention to it’s directly spiritual possibilities. By the second, I mean making a spiritual thing out of the work itself.
Dom. Hubert Van Zeller has a chapter all about working prayer into your day as a mother. If you get stuck, it’s an excellent book also. Very small, but very useful & practical.
Anyway, in this chapter Holly has several prompts for you to try and discern what is practical to pray in this season of your life (pg. 50 & 51). She also has a sample page in the workbook, available here for free, called the Mother’s Liturgy of Hours.
This week is mostly introspective work. Read and pray to try to discern what God wants for your relationship with Him at this point in your life.
What do you feel an acceptable amount of prayer for your station in life? Feel free to include age of children & opportunities available to you that might help others. Do you have favorite prayer practices or resources? Something that can change your whole day perhaps? Please share!
Next week, we will be discussing Person.