Do I pray? Do I speak with Jesus, or am I frightened of silence? Do I allow the Holy Spirit to speak in my heart? Do I ask Jesus: what do you want me to do, what do you want from my life? Ask Jesus, speak to Jesus, and if you make a mistake in your life, if you should fall, if you should do something wrong, don’t be afraid. Jesus, look at what I have done, what must I now do? Speak continually with Jesus, in the good times and in the bad, when you do right, and when you do wrong. Do not fear him! This is prayer.
Pope Francis, Prayer Vigil at World Youth Day 2013, Rio de Janeiro, 27 July 2013
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta was once asked by a young priest-bureaucrat how much time he should pray each day. She immediately recommended two hours a day. But, he responded, she surely did not know how much he had to do and how important his work was. His ecclesiastical tasks were so demanding, deadlines had to be met and so much depended on him. “Oh I’m sorry,” she said apologetically, “I hadn’t realised how important and demanding your work is: in that case you need to pray four hours a day!”
Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP, Dominicana Journal, Winter 2014, Interview by Br Jacob Janczyk OP.