Praying With Pictures Worth a Thousand Words

by | Jul 5, 2019 | Formation, Reflections | 5 comments

Is all prayer something that we have to set aside specific times for? Not really! How about praying in short bursts as an image comes to our minds?

St. Paul said it a long time ago. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:16). And of course, there are also countless ways of praying outside special places.

Let’s add to that “a picture is worth a thousand words.” There are all kinds of pictures! Down through the centuries, on catacomb walls, stained glass in cathedrals reaching skyward, television and internet– pictures have led to prayer and contemplation.

How about taking it one step further? What about those pictures in the back of our minds. They can stay with us as when see tragic pictures on our news programs. They can also inspire, for example when we look back at our home planet earth from the vantage place of a space capsule. They flash into our consciousness at odd moments.

Over the years FamVin has created and accumulated Vincentian images annotated with the insights of Vincent, Louise and others. While not in the category of National Geographic photography, these images can stay with us in the back of our mind during the day and be subtle prompts to short moments of prayer in the midst of our hectic lives.

Here is a first in a series devoted to using these images as triggers for 5-10 seconds of prayer during a day. Try looking at the following image for a moment.  Let it take root in the back of your mind as a spiritual time-release capsule.

Let us know what you think about this project of posting Vincentian-oriented prayer triggers perhaps once a week.

Source for more of these images


  1. Sr. Clara

    I like the idea and will look forward to seeing how it works in daily activities.

  2. Tom

    Very imaginative — and useful…

  3. Jo Ann

    I would love it…thank you.

  4. Sr. Elisabeth

    I think this is a very good idea and I would be happy if you could make it a reality!

  5. Regina Bechtle, SC

    Excellent idea – visual images speak volumes to the young (& not so young)

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