“Need we be astonished if Saint Augustine assures us frequently that the whole Christian life is only a long-continued direction of the heart towards that eternal justice for which we sigh here below. Our happiness lies in being always satiated with it. Now, this thirst is a prayer: desire, then, this justice unceasingly, and you will pray unceasingly.
Do not imagine that it is necessary to utter a long succession of words, and to put oneself to great trouble, in order to pray to God. To pray is to ask Him that His will may be done, to form some good wish, to raise our hearts to God, to sigh for the good things which He promises us, to grieve at the sight of our miseries and of the risk we run of offending Him and violating His law.
Now this prayer demands neither science, nor method, nor reasoning; it should not be a mental labour; all that is necessary is a moment of our time and a good impulse of the heart. One can pray without any definitive idea; a moment, a movement of the heart, is all that is needed, and even that moment may be employed in something else. God’s condescension towards our weakness is so great, that He permits us, in case of need, to share this moment between Him and His creatures.”
– Francois Fenelon