Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt


Lent 2013: The Grace in Pain

posted by mpratt

So far, this has been a more painful Lent than usual. Lung inflammation, joint pain – ah, lupus! The twinges, aches, and stabs sure make pain immediately present. And one of the things I’m trying to do when they occur is bring Lent into the present, too.

So often, pain takes us out of where we are, as if we’re on the sidelines of life, even if we’re in the middle of a crowd. Pain draws us inward and can easily become the focus of thought and prayer. In contrast to this, I’m including pain in the prayer dialogue of Lenten reflection. In other words, I’m aware of pain, but quickly move to acknowledge it as one part of being human – and something that Our Lord experienced too. It’s much like a conversation with a friend, where greater closeness is forged by sharing like experiences. Something in common. Something that enables one person to relate better to another, to understand, and to feel support.

In bringing pain into the ongoing conversation with God, and as a deeper relationship is forged, grace springs up and flourishes. It’s no longer “pain and me” and “prayer and God,” but rather “Pain, me, and God equals grace.”

And the more grace for our journey, the more blessed the way!

Blessings for the day,

Maureen



Advertisement
Comments Post the First Comment »
post a comment

Comments are closed.



Previous Posts

A Praying Spirit: Prayer with a Friend
Jesus told us, "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." (Matthew 18:20) This is particularly powerful when you think

posted 1:44:04am Nov. 22, 2014 | read full post »

Chronic Pain and Illness: Why the Front Office Matters
They are more than just bodies that stand or sit between you and your doctor. They know more than what your co-pay is or what the office hours are. But, oh, how often, do we forget that the front office workers at a physician's office matter, really, they do!  And the better we can work with them,

posted 10:49:08pm Nov. 20, 2014 | read full post »

TLC Tuesday: A Breath of Fresh Air
Today, give yourself a breath of fresh air. Not just a shallow, timid gasp. A full-fledged, rejuvenating intake of blessed and cleansing oxygen. When we're busy or tense, stressed or preocuppied, we might ignore the simple ways that we can reconnect, even for a moment, with God's creation and the

posted 10:39:08pm Nov. 18, 2014 | read full post »

Food for Thought: Finding Faith in Fiction
Earlier this year, I wrote an article for Saint Anthony Messenger that coincided with the 50th anniversary of the death of American author and devout Catholic Flannery O'Connor. It was a very personal piece, especially because Flannery had died from lupus at a too-young age and I had discovered her

posted 10:35:12pm Nov. 17, 2014 | read full post »

A Praying Spirit: Praying through Pain
You want to pray, you want to feel God's comfort and love. But you're in too much pain to sit, stand, or lie down without feeling consumed with hurt. When you think the pain is subsiding, you try again, but sharp stabs stop you and reminds you: Pain won't go away. Whether it's physical or emotion

posted 2:42:59am Nov. 15, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.