Special Issue - Prayer

Spending time with God in simple activities

by Moira Cullings

OLATHE — Sometimes, the advice our parents give to us as children sticks with us for the rest of our lives.

Aggie Knapp, a member of Prince of Peace Parish in Olathe, is no stranger to this concept.

“When my brothers and sisters and I were very young, my parents would often ask us to pray for others — friends, neighbors [and] relatives,” said Knapp. “So, after the request, we would continue with whatever activity we were doing, but do it while praying.”

Instead of forgetting this practice and getting caught up in the distractions of life, Knapp has continued praying during her daily activities since her childhood.

For Knapp, praying throughout the simple activities of her day is one of the best ways to spend time with God.

“Praying during the course of my day has been incredibly beneficial,” she said. “It has helped me stay focused, keep things in perspective and allows me to have a never-ending conversation with God.”

Knapp prays the rosary while working in the yard, cleaning, cooking and watching her grandchildren.

Praying in this way is very informal, but feels much more personal, she said.

“I begin with prayers of gratitude and thanksgiving,” said Knapp.

Knapp then prays for her family, friends, neighbors and those who are ill and in need of comfort.

“I pray for good weather and safe travels. I pray for kind words and good deeds,” she said. “I pray for peace on this earth. I pray for jobs and a good economy.

“I pray that everyone knows God.”

Despite the often busy nature of life, Knapp doesn’t have trouble focusing when it comes to this special time of prayer.

“I will always be so grateful to my parents who gave me the gift of faith and taught me to pray,” she said.

About the author

Moira Cullings

Moira attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park and Benedictine College in Atchison. She majored in marketing, minored in psychology and played center midfield for the women’s soccer team. Moira joined The Leaven staff as a feature writer and social media editor in 2015. After a move to Denver, Moira resumed her full-time position at The Leaven and continues to write and manage its website, social media channels. Her favorite assignment was traveling to the Holy Land to take photos for a group pilgrimage in 2019.

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