Prayer Poured Out

by Fr. Jeff

After the topic was introduced, hesitation filled the room. There was a big pause as everyone looked at one another at the table. “You mean we are going to talk about our own prayer lives?” I sensed the tension, but it passed moments later. With the first question on the paper, the room opened up. People began to share, and I listened intently as stories and ideas were exchanged.

We were gathered for our monthly Truth Poured Out. As young adults of faith, we needed a way to learn about our faith and to share it with others. At the reception hall, tables are set, drinks are served, and food is ordered. Since July, our meetings have been growing and the feedback has been extremely positive.

Tonight, we discussed prayer. From the Catechism, we spoke about doctrine. From the saints, we talked about experience. I found great value in one:

For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy. -St. Therese of Lisieux

It may have been our most effective meeting yet. Everyone shared. Everyone connected. I was struck by the beauty of it all. We shared our own experience of You. Sometimes it’s wonderful; often it’s hard.

Tonight, we simply talked. We enjoyed the company. We enjoyed the food. But most of all, we enjoyed the

prayer poured out.