Why Bother Praying? By: Richard Leonard SJ

This is a very good article on praying that may inspire you to read his book with the same title.  The other book this author has written, Where the Hell is God?, is in our parish library.

It is especially comforting when he talks about the expectations we have of our prayer life.  He says, ” The perfect is the enemy of the good. Rather than give up on prayer, the good spirit encourages us to do what we can, from where we can, as we can. Some prayer is better than no prayer.”

Give it a read:  http://www.thinkingfaith.org/articles/20130712_1.htm

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  1. Debbie O'Brien | Reply

    Earlier this year I read the book, The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. In that book, the author and his mother share their love of reading while she is being treated for a terminal illness. Mrs Schwalbe draws great consolation from a small daily prayer book from an earlier, simpler time. The book, Daily Strength for Daily Needs, is in the “public domain” and so available for the Kindle…which makes it easy to carry around! I have been checking in with it each day….

    Today, a beautiful sunny August day, part of the reflection was the following:

    “into all our lives, in many simple, familiar, homely ways, God infuses this element of joy from the surprises of life, which unexpectedly brighten our days and fill our eyes with light,…You may call it accident or chance — it often is; you may call it human goodness — it often is; but always, always call it God’s love, for that is always in it.”

    A prayer of wonder…amazement…and thanksgiving! Amen.

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