I like to begin classes on Prayer by asking participants: “What is prayer?” I don’t do this to trick them into saying the wrong thing or because I’m fishing for a particular answer. I do it because I want to hear – and I want them to hear – the variety and the depth of one another's answers. I have never heard a wrong answer to this question, but I have heard some quite beautiful ones. They are all based on the genuine experience and the spiritual personalities of the "pray-ers" giving the answers.
One of my favorite “definitions” of prayer was written by Servant of God Catherine Doherty in her typical down-to-earth and straight-to-the-heart style. It captures both the stillness and the movement of prayer, the way prayer can be both vibrant conversation and quiet being. As Catherine knew very well, sometimes prayer is just being in a meaningful moment with the One you love. It is a meeting of two loves.