Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
I have been having trouble with my prayer lately. It’s been severely lacking in depth and frequency. I always feel the need to do a long prayer like the Rosary; if I don’t do that, I won’t pray at all.
One of my favorite commentators, Matt Fradd, speaks quite a bit about the Jesus prayer, which I pasted above. Breathing in, you say, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God,” and breathing out, you say, “have mercy on me, a sinner.” It gives you a nice rhythm by which to pray. At least, that’s what I’ve been told. I never really gave it much thought outside of his mentions.
A few days ago, a video was recommended to me on YouTube. It was Matt Fradd talking about the Jesus prayer. Not unusual, but I decided to watch it. Nothing I hadn’t heard before. Then, I went on a Bishop Barron binge, because he’s worth binging on. One of the videos was called “The Disorienting Quality of Real Prayer.” The prayer he mentioned was the Jesus prayer. Weird.
I made a post on reddit about my suffering prayer life. Of course, the Jesus prayer was mentioned almost immediately. I’ve started saying it, and I highly recommend it. It’s been a noticeable and easy change. I am starting to feel less stagnant in my prayer life, uttering 12 simple words as often as I can.
I’m doing some pro-life work now. I have a lot of research to do, and it’s not easy, but I’m getting it done. The organization needed volunteers just when I asked if I could help. Perhaps this can turn into something greater.