Prayer Journaling - when stated like that, feels like it has protestant connotations. And, honestly would be something I would shy away from.
However, looking back on all my years of prayer as a Catholic, I realize that there are SO many ways of personal prayer I have engaged in throughout my (ahem) 48 years of life - from structured, memorized prayers and novenas to mental prayer, meditations and lectio divina.
The one way of prayer I have found that helps me focus my mind and heart the most - especially in difficult times - is through writing. I work through my thoughts, converse with the Lord, get insights, graces and end up feeling more at peace when I sit down and take time with Him in this way. I guess you can call that Prayer Journaling.
Writing, as a form of prayer, has helped me immensely. And if you know me....I am always looking for a way to make things orderly and streamlined. So in addition to my free-wheeling essay type journaling, I wanted to design a short, easy to use prayer format that anyone can use daily.
Here is my formula.:
Catholic element of prayer + Short guided Prompt + Devotion of the Church = Daily Prayer Journaling
I designed a 3-Month format in a printed journal with areas for short daily guided prayers. This is a great way to record personal daily thoughts in addition to your daily devotions (rosary, novenas etc). It has helped me focus and organize my prayers and thoughts in a quick and easy guided way.
Without prayer we have neither light nor strength to advance in the way which leads to God." - St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori
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