How to Keep Praying When it’s Hard (St. Catherine of Siena)

Prayer can get difficult. It’s hard to maintain attention. Sometimes our prayer feels “dry”. We don’t know what to say. We don’t feel God’s presence.

The reality is, this is what it looks like to practice prayer and grow deeper and deeper in a relationship with Jesus. You don’t become a mystical prayer warrior overnight. And neither did St. Catherine of Siena.

She reveals to us that, when we become discouraged in prayer, it is often the devil’s influence. He hates prayer, and he will use every difficulty and insecurity he can against God’s children in order to hamper their prayer lives.

Today, Dr. Edward Sri offers a simple truth that will guard your prayer against the lies of the evil one.

Looking to dive deeper into a prayerful relationship with God? Dr. Edward Sri guides us through the foundational principles of prayer in his new study, When You Pray: A Clear Path to a Deeper Relationship with God.

Dr. Edward Sri is a theologian, well-known Catholic speaker, and author of several best-selling books. His work with Ascension includes study programs such as A Biblical Walk Through the Mass, No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion and Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother. Several of Dr. Sri’s programs were filmed on-site in the Holy Land, and feature immersive video explorations of the sacred sites where Jesus, Mary, and the Apostles lived and died.

Dr. Sri is the host of the acclaimed Ascension podcast All Things Catholic with Dr. Edward Sri.  Together with Curtis Martin, Dr. Sri is a founding leader of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), of which he serves as senior vice president of Apostolic Outreach.

Dr. Sri lives with his wife Beth and their children in Colorado.