|1. Hail Mary (includes lines from scriptue for why we say it)|
|2. That We May Be One (Jesus' prayer from Jn. 17:21-26 WFW)|
|3. Canticle of Zechariah (Lk 1:68-79 WFW)|
|4. I Will Sing (Praises from the Psalms)|
|5. I Offer It All (based on Col 1:24 - to live in union with the Divine Will)|
|6. Mother (Titles from the Litany of Loretto)|
|7. Magnificat (Lk 1:46-55 WFW)|
|8. Anima Christi (Prayer said after Communion -St. Ignatius)|
|9. All Praise... (Taught by Our Lord to St. Mechtilde)|
|10. Bless the Lord (Dan 28:35-65, prayer of three men in the furnace)|
|11. Come, Holy Spirit (w/verses on the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit)|
|(as requested by John Paul II - and includes his prayer)|
Prayer is the most important thing we can do on this side of eternity. How we pray here will determine our state of happiness in heaven. Knowing how to pray, and learning to pray well, should be the highest priority in our lives.
All prayer should be done in dialog with the Lord, not one sided. Since Our Lord is the wisest participant in the conversation, He should be the one that does the most talking, and we the most listening.
Ideally, our time in prayer should be spent in mediation, and finally union. Many of us never get to that level but that doesn't mean we are not capable or shouldn't try. Jesus said to "be perfect as Our Heavenly Father is perfect." It is a direct comand and the Lord wouldn't require us to do something that is impossible. For this reason, I have ended this collection of prayers, "Prayers of the Great Saints," with the prayer of Samuel, "Speak, Lord, your servant is listening." and then silence.
Praying with the "great saints" teaches us how to pray, what to ask for, the disposition of the heart, etc., by their example. But we can't stop there. These people got up early for prayer, went to Mass very often, grew in humility and charity, and were silent most of the time that, when they did speak, their words were profound and worth listening to.
I hope that someday, our nature responding to grace, we shall all be great saints.
"Pray without ceasing."
God bless you-- Donna