Coffee and Prayer Anyone?


Believe it or not, awhile back I had a conversation with someone about the appropriateness of drinking coffee and praying. To be fair, the conversation was about having a cup of coffee while saying the rosary.

“Is it okay to have a cup of coffee while praying the rosary?” my friend asked. Before I could begin to answer, she said something about someone who should know (a priest or a nun, I don’t recall) having told her it was disrespectful to drink coffee while praying the rosary.

Not wanting to take the question lightly or flippantly, I did not debate the topic. As I sat there thinking about what she had said, it suddenly occurred to me that there might be another way of looking at the same situation. The answer to this question is in the video, and that’s how this video came into existence.


The Bible tells us that we ought to pray without ceasing (1 Thes 5:16-18). In no way does the Bible ever encourage us to be irreverent while we pray or worship. But consider what the Apostle St. Paul is telling us.

Our entire life should be centered on prayer. It should be all about communicating with God. That’s not an “on and off” situation. It is constant and continuous. And implicit in that statement is that we must go forward with life as we pray. Or perhaps, we must pray as we go forward with life. Either way you say that, the two happen together.


In our home, we say the rosary daily. So now, I make it a point to live while I pray. For sure, I focus on the mysteries of the rosary as I pray, but I do not stop living to pray. Surely, this thought will upset some. But as for me and my house (Josh 24:15) … well, you know.

Prayer and coffee. Coffee and prayer. They’re both fine with me — though I personally prefer a good cup of hot tea (we’ll leave that debate for another blog).


That’s our story, and we’re sticking to it! It’s cool to be Catholic! COOL2B!

In Christ!

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