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    A friend wrote me a letter the other day and asked me if I pray? This friend told me that he just couldn't seem to find time to pray in his own life. I didn't criticize him, because I too used to feel like I didn't have time to just sit down and pray. One day, however, I remember reading something written by a very wise man. It said, "Prayer is nothing more than talking to God." This I thought is something we can do at anytime and in any place.

    Now days I pray all the time. My prayers are nothing fancy. My simplest one is just to say "Thank you God" in my mind often during the day. I thank God for my life. I thank God for the many blessings in it. I thank God for the problems and troubles I face that help me to grow stronger in love, joy, and faith. Another prayer is simply to say "I love you God." By looking at all the good God does for me every day I can clearly see how much God loves me. Once I see how much God loves me it is then not hard to love God back. Two more prayers are "Help me to choose love and joy every second I possibly can" and "Help me to share that love and joy with everyone everywhere, expecting nothing in return." I pray these prayers because I have grown to know that God is love and God is joy. By choosing love and joy I am choosing to grow in oneness with God. By sharing this love and joy I am sharing the spirit of God. And by expecting nothing in return, I am knowing that with love and joy I already have everything.

    These are a few of the simple prayers I say each day. Yours may be different and that is great. As long as they bring you closer to God say them. What you say isn't important. What is important is that you talk to God each day and allow His love into your life.

    � Joseph J. Mazzella