Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

Good Days…Bad Days With Maureen Pratt

A Blessed Rosh Hashanah

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Each time a Jewish holiday arrives, I think about centuries ago, in Jesus’ day, when Our Lord also observed these holy days. Sometimes, we Christians forget that Jesus was actively Jewish, that he lived for nearly 30 years with Mary and Joseph in an observant Jewish household, and that his faith was lived out daily there and with them. Remembering this brings up a wellspring of respect for the people who still, today, observe these holy days.

Peace, comfort, goodness, and light are wonderful blessings for anyone upon whom they rest. And today, I wish these things for all observing Rosh Hashanah, a New Year.

Shalom.

Peace.

Maureen

TLC Tuesday: Find What You Love About Yourself

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Maureen Pratt Author PicOur bodies change. Our spirits are challenged. Our “regular” lives become almost unrecognizable. When we think nothing more can happen health-wise to bring change, well, something does!

When you have a serious chronic illness, there is much about ourselves that we might not like, let alone love. And yet, as people of faith, we know God loves us – so there must be something good amid all the suffering, pain, and disruption, right?

This TLC Tuesday, try not to dwell on what’s wrong, but rather, on what is right with you and your life. What do you truly like? What do you love?

There’s always something to criticize, to wish wasn’t. But there’s always something, too, to love, as God loves – and others do, too.

Blessings for the day,

Maureen

A Praying Spirit: What works?

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The longer I’ve written this blog, the more I’ve come to understand that I’m not the only one for whom prayer is crucial to coping with illness, pain, and other crises. For many of you, too, prayer is like spiritual food, essential and unceasingly necessary.

So, each Saturday, I’m going to devote my blog to prayer. Not “prayers,” but the act of praying in all its many facets. I do this in hopes that our prayer lives may become even more full, abundant, and light-giving – an activity and a vocation that is a blessing to all.

Today: What works?

Let’s be honest, many times we pray in hopes of receiving an answer from God. And, we hope that that answer will be the one we want. So, we might be tempted to try “prayer that works,” whether it is a different ritual, different wording, or different posture (internal or external).

But, so often, what we want out of prayer is not what God wants for us. That’s as hard for me to type as it might be for you to hear. But, it’s true. We are human, with a finite ability to discern and desire. Only God knows what is ultimately “The Good” for each of us.

So, if you’re searching for “prayer that works,” I gently suggest that you not search so much for a way of praying, but rather for an attitude toward prayer. That is, take time to pray, most definitely, but also take time to listen. Listen willingly. Listen humbly.

Listen for God’s voice and the ability to accept His answers.

For, ultimately, prayer that works is when we hear God’s reply – and we love Him even more.

Blessings for the day,

Maureen

New Podcast Chat with Sean Herriott

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Maureen Pratt Author PicSean Herriott is the former host of Relevant Radio (Catholic Radio)’s morning program, “Morning Air.” Over the past several years, I was a regular guest on Sean’s program, talking about health and faith an all sorts of topics. He now has his own podcast, “Faith As a Second Language,” and I am a guest on his latest podcast. We covered a lot of subjects, but especially pain, loss and faith as a support – with a good mixture of humor, too! If you’d like to listen in, here’s the link:

http://www.hipcast.com/podcast/HtK5Kh2Q

Blessings for the day!

Maureen

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