My Favorite Hour of the Day
By: Kayla Faherty
No, it isn’t happy hour, or the hour of a favorite TV show. It isn’t even the hour during naptime in which both my daughters are asleep, or the hour I am cooking and enjoying dinner with my family. It is the first hour of the day, right after I wake up, before my daughters are up for the day; my hour of prayer.
I didn’t always have a prayer routine. It started a couple of weeks before the Lenten season. The St. Gianna Molla Society group at our Church was doing a sign-up for a “living rosary” prayer during Lent. My oldest daughter ran up to the table and asked for a rosary. I inquired about participation, and although I had never prayed the rosary before, I signed up for the next slot on the list: the second luminous mystery, and received an envelope with instructions. My goal was to pray one decade each day during Lent and an additional prayer. If all those who signed up prayed their particular mystery, it would be as if the rosary were prayed three times through each day. It seemed pretty straight-forward; all I had to do was learn how to pray the rosary, and set aside the time to pray every day.
I asked my brother and his wife to come over one evening after the girls were in bed to teach me how to pray the rosary. My husband joined us and it was a tremendousexperience. At the end of our time together, I felt confident I could pray a decade a day; it wouldn’t even take five minutes ofmy time! So on Ash Wednesday I set my alarm for five minutes early, and prayed my decade on the wedding at Cana and theadditional prayer. It only took me a few days before I began waking up earlier and praying more of the rosary. Soon I was praying the entire rosary and reading the daily Scripture readings along with Living Faith, a publication of daily Catholic devotionals. I implemented the Dynamic Catholic’s prayer process and began writing in a prayer journal. I began to feel the Holy Spirit stirring in my heart, and by Easter Sunday I knew God was working in my life. God was drawing me closer to Him.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church 2697 tells us that “Prayer is the life of the new heart.” And for me personally, I truly experienced a change of heart when I began waking up a little earlier to speak with God. Seeking God’s will in my life has opened my eyes to His great love for me. My faith and prayer life are continuing to deepen. It is an on-going process. Daily prayer requires self-discipline. I still get sick, or accidentally sleep in, but on those days I make it a point to pray later in the day because I know how valuable that time spent with God is. I now pray for just about everything on my mind. I pray for my husband and our marriage. I pray for ourdaughters. I pray for family and friends. I pray for forgiveness. I thank God for His many blessings. I praise God for His goodness. I pray novenas for specific intentions. I pray intercessory prayers to Saints. My husband and I pray together, and some of my favorite times together are spent in prayer. We pray before every meal with our daughters, and they are learning about God and His love. I know the Holy Spirit is still growing my heart for the Lord. And what sparked it all was a simple invitation to pray for five minutes each day.
Jeremiah 29:12-14 states: “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me; when you seek me with all your heart, I will be found by you, says the Lord.” God is calling us all to a deeper relationship with Him. He loves us unconditionally and desires communion with us. When we open up our hearts to Jesus, His light will shine in!
Food for Thought:
Do you feel the Holy Spirit calling you? Set aside five minutes of your day. You could read the Bible, pray a decade of the rosary, ask God for guidance, thank Him for the many blessings in your life, whatever is on your heart - talk to God about it. Answer the Holy Spirit’s call to a deeper relationship with the One who created you and loves you unconditionally. It might just be the best five minutes of your day.
My name is Kayla Faherty and I am a Catholic wife and mother. I am a former teacher and now spend my days with our two daughters. As a recent convert to the faith, God is growing my heart and pouring His love in. Thank you for letting me share with you!