How do we sound when we pray? A spiritual director shared that she had asked people to record themselves in their prayer. She maintained that the spiritual life could be deepened through listening to one’s prayer. For example, if a person found that in prayer, the world was blamed for problems, he or she might move blame to gratitude and humility. Praying “be merciful to me a sinner,” the tax collector stood before God with humility. He knew his place before God.