Prayer: Prayer is communication with God and therefore is essential for growing closer to God. As the Saints remind us, it is through prayer that the Holy Spirit leads us into the Sacred Heart of Jesus. “Am I a man of prayer? Do I spend any time in prayer? Yeah, maybe I get to Mass on Sunday, but do I spend any other time in the morning and the evening just engaging the Lord in some prayer.” Prayer is absolutely essential, because one of the things a priest must be is a man of prayer.