Question: Father, could you please tell me: if I pray in my head without uttering a word, can the Lord and the saints hear my prayer? Or should I pray aloud instead?
Answer: Of course, they can hear you.
It isn’t always easy to pray in your head sometimes. When we say prayers out loud, we hear them and can pay more attention to the words that we read. It is easier for us to understand them and keep them in our hearts.
The most challenging aspect of prayer is to be attentive and not get distracted. That’s when prayer can nurture your soul, transform and change you. You have to train yourself and to work hard to be attentive. You are where your mind is. That’s why it is great if you pray both privately and aloud. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above (James 1: 17).
What should an ideal woman be like? Can you name the best and the worst qualities of a woman’s nature? Why are there so few female saints in the Orthodox calendar?
I’d like to confess but I don’t know anything about it and I don’t know what to say. Do I need to find a priest in the church and ask him to hear my confession or should I simply come to a church when there is a confession according to the timetable?