Lazaro Arreola

Praying with Coffee

I enjoy a good cup of coffee – even though it’s more like milk with coffee. Every morning, I wake up at 6:30am and start that coffee maker! There’s a “mysterious” ingredient in coffee that gives me the energy I need to get through my day without falling asleep during prayer or even getting tired. Sometimes I come back for a second cup… Okay, I always come back for another cup. There’s just something about coffee that I can’t resist having.

I grab my prayer bag, rosary, and of course, my wonderful coffee mug, and head to the chapel for holy hour at 7am. Maybe I’ll read a book, or maybe pray the rosary, or simply talk to God in His presence to begin my morning. And every moment or two, I sip away at my coffee.

I very soon came to realize that I wasn’t just physically awake and energized, but I was also more peaceful and joyful all day long. Was coffee really giving me this awesomeness I felt? As I prayed, I realized that this peace and alertness came actually from being in front of the Blessed Sacrament every morning. That somehow it was my “spiritual coffee” which led me to have an awesome and energized day. God himself gives me the grace I need to face the challenges ahead of me. You see, coffee keeps my body awake, but an hour with God keeps my spirit awake. And it makes it seem as if I’m living my whole day in prayer. How great is that?

Don’t get me wrong, I still drink coffee every morning during holy hour, but now with a smile on my face because I know that I’m not only sipping coffee, but consuming God’s grace. I now see it as drinking a cup of “Jesus Roast” coffee blend. And that if I begin with a cup of Jesus every morning, I will have the most blessed day ever.

Brothers and sisters, I invite you to also begin your day with a cup of Jesus. Maybe you don’t drink coffee, or you might drink tea or energy drinks, or nothing at all, but we can all use a little more prayer. A small prayer when you wake up and when you go to bed will definitely make your day a lot more peaceful. Thank God for coffee!… I mean, thank God for Jesus!

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Lazaro Arreola

About the Author

My name is Lazaro but go by Lazar (laser) and I am a Life Teen Missionary. I am originally from Los Angeles, California. I really like chocolate, dancing and praising God in any weather, language and country! I am a Baseball Fan and like going to Ball Games. Go Dodgers! I like tweeting about how God is moving through the Holy Sprit in my life and those of teenagers. Follow me @LT_lazaro