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Frustrated with My Prayer life – I am Stuck!


Dear Catholic Spiritual Direction Family, Many people feel profoundly frustrated with their inability to pray, to grow spiritually, to know and experience the Love of God in their lives. If you feel this way, or even if you just experience a kind of flat existence instead of a dynamic and joyful relationship with God, there are answers. Jesus said, in the Gospel of John, “The thief comes to steal,... Read More

What’s going on in my prayer life: should I really sit in silence?

Dear Father John, I am struggling with my prayer life. I go to my 30-minute prayer time and nothing happens. But I stick it out anyway, as best I can. It seems like sheer willpower (and invisible grace) against everything else. “Well, I have nothing better to do for the next 47 years, Lord. I'll wait it out like this, if that's what you want.” I am frustrated. This is a great question,... Read More

Sometimes Prayer is So Frustrating I Give Up: What To Do?

Hermit Praying: growing in prayer post

Dear Carmelite Sisters, In the Second Mansion of the Interior Castle, St. Teresa strongly emphasizes the need for perseverance. Can you help me understand how this works in a practical way? I really struggle to keep a consistent prayer time and to stay focused when I pray. Sometimes [prayer] is so frustrating that I just give up. I know this doesn't help but what can I do? Many doors have a sign over... Read More