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By Edward Monti, Catholic Stand, 5 January AD 2020

Ed is a devout Roman Catholic who loves people, animals, nature, cooking and of course all things Catholic. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York of first generation Italian American parents. He is married to a wonderful faith filled woman. Ed works on Wall Street and assists at Daily Mass during his lunch hour. He enjoys spending time with the Lord in Eucharistic Adoration, Lectio Divino and praying the Holy Rosary.

Edward MontiSo many things in our lives are necessary but challenging, and perhaps none more so than prayer. Prayer sustains the life of our souls, yet it can be hard to pray. Sometimes the challenge lies in making ourselves carry out the practice amid monotony or distractions. For example, many saints had difficulty praying the Rosary, but they did it as a sacrifice exactly because it was difficult for them. For others, the problem is in the concept of prayer itself. Some people do not pray because they feel God is going to do what God is going to do, so why bother? Others do not pray because they have no faith, and still others because they think they are not good enough to pray.

These are all natural human obstacles, but if we truly knew what prayer does for us, no worries or discouragement would hold us back. Prayer nourishes the body and the soul. It is good for everyone, even people who have no faith, because God hears and loves everyone.  ….

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