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WHO CAN PRAY?
Anyone can pray. Everyone should pray. New Mexico has a great history of lay people praying and even leading when there was a tremendous priest shortage in the 1800's.

WHERE CAN I PRAY?
You can pray anywhere. At mass, in the chapel, while you walk or drive. You can pray at home at your desk, easy chair, lawn chair, or in your prayer corner. St. Paul exhorts us to "Pray without ceasing" (1 Thes. 5:17). It is good to be constantly mindful of the Lord, but to have specific times of a more deliberate and conscious focus on him.

HOW DO I PRAY?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, in its section on Prayer, identifies different types of prayer. Many writings on prayer do the same. This prayer initiative focuses on Intercessory Prayer. We will be interceding for (praying for the needs of) our Church, state, country, etc.

Rather than be limited to a particular prayer form or discipline, our recommendation is to pray as you can. Prayer can be praying at mass or praying quietly in the chapel. Prayer also can include reading the Bible and other spiritual reading, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, the Rosary, the Jesus Prayer, the Liturgy of the Hours, or simply conversing with the Lord and "Practicing the Presence of God." If you have the gift of tongues, you can pray in tongues (Romans 8:26-27, 1 Cor. 12-14, numerous places in Acts). As mentioned above, this can be anywhere, such as a hike or a drive, at home or in Church. Prayer can be with a prayer book, or spontaneous, formal or informal, by oneself or with a group, totally still or while singing or even while exercising. It is important to "Pray as you can," in a way that you can. This practice of prayer might change from one week to another.

Prayer Power certainly can be enhanced by certain disciplines, such as fasting and/or abstaining from certain things we normally enjoy. There are different kinds and intensities of fasting and abstinence and other disciplines. Some translations tell us that "This kind can only be driven out by prayer and fasting" - Mt. 17:21.