"In our continuing catechesis on the family, today we reflect on
the importance of devoting time to prayer. We all know how important
prayer is, yet it seems so difficult to find time for it.
"Perhaps we need to ask if we truly love God, as he asks us to,
with all our heart, and all our mind and all our strength. For the heart
of prayer is the love of God, the source of our life, who constantly
"caresses” us with his own love.
"A heart filled with the love of God can make even a silent
thought or a small gesture of devotion a moment of prayer. The Holy
Spirit teaches us to pray, to call God our Father, and to grow daily in his
love. Our families need to ask for the gift of the Spirit! Through
prayer, even in the busiest times, we give time back to God, we find the peace
that comes from appreciating the important things, and we encounter the joy of
God’s unexpected gifts.
"Through daily prayer may our homes become, like the house of Martha
and Mary, places where Jesus always finds a warm welcome."