Now that I am a busy mum with three children, I don’t get very much time to sit and pray quietly. So like most mums, I decided to multi-task! I pray while I do housework. I pray in the car on the school run. I pray when I cook the dinner. Sometimes this is just a simple raising of my heart and mind to God:“I love you Jesus” “I need you today God” “Please Mother Mary, watch over my kids and my husband today”. But sometimes I like to pray in a more formatted kind of way.
I like to use the Divine Office and Rosary apps on my phone. I find this works really well wherever I am. I just carry on with whatever I am doing but listen at the same time. I sometimes get the luxury of being able to give the prayers my full attention, and sometimes I have several noisy children around me. But that doesn’t matter one bit. There is always at least one thing I have listened to that will strike a chord with me that day. I know that even if I only get one thing from that day’s prayer, then that is enough to sustain my friendship and intimacy with God.
A fruit of this way of praying is that my husband and children have become very familiar with the prayers. My kids like to play with Lego while they listen. And in the car on the way to school, they now join in the responses with me. In fact, they probably know them better than I do!