The life of Jesus recounted in Scripture shows his prayer and his activity as one and the same.  Every moment of his life expresses the fulness of a loving relationship with God and neighbour.  These relationships can prove demanding and difficult.  But they are also the source of a full life, within which we can increasingly reach our potential to be the best we can be. Jesus often called his disciples to spend some time apart from huge demands to address misery, sickness and hunger in every form:

‘And he said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while.’  For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.’ (Mark 6:31)

Catholics understand prayer as an action of the whole Church, living and departed.  The Catholic tradition offers a vast range of resources and experiences of prayer.   All of these intend simply to lead us, individually and together, into bringing heart and mind to God, at times to talk to God in our own words, and often to rest silently in God’s presence within us.  Prayer thus enlivens the Church’s social action and renews its vigour.

With thanks to priests of the British Province of the Society of Jesus (CSAN member), and the use of CAFOD‘s on-site prayer room, the work of charities in the Caritas network in England and Wales is remembered at Mass by members of the national team.  Any specific prayer requests may be sent by email to

We ask for your prayers for England and Wales, especially people who have no home, are on the margins of the places they live in, or who are struggling to believe in their own self-worth.

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Here are some examples to help deepen prayer, from the Catholic tradition –

A Prayer of St Richard of Chichester

Thanks be to you, our Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits which you have given us,
for all the pains and insults which you have borne for us.
Most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
may we know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly,
day by day.


Giovanni Bellini, The Agony in the Garden (extract)