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I watched the events in Dallas and elsewhere unfold into the late hours on Thursday and could feel myself sicken at what I saw and heard. I know many people experienced the same kind of physical reaction, a kind of […]

My gift for growing things, especially African Violets, is a true blessing, especially on the days when I feel low, am experiencing a lot of pain, and just need to cocoon. I’m also finding some important lessons from my plants, […]

I’m very happy to say that I’ll be a guest on Relevant Radio’s “Morning Air” radio program on Wednesday, April 13, at 8:30 AM Central. Relevant Radio is a Catholic radio network available in a number of markets, mostly in […]

I do not know anyone who does not like to eat. And, along with the physical activity of chowing down, we all have our favorite foods.  During Lent, some will give up a favorite or two, as a way of […]

I am about to leave for a long and no doubt fatiguing test. I didn’t expect to have to fit this into my week, but, well, as you know, with chronic illness “thing happen.” I’ll take all the necessary paperwork […]

If you’re dealing with a chronic illness and feeling frazzled in these last few days leading up to Christmas, I have some reassurance for you: By now, the best thing to do might be not to do anything – well, […]

Allowing people into our life with the diagnosis of a serious chronic illness is an important step to building the support system that will sustain us and provide us with a way to “give back” to the goodness from which […]

In between a “bad” day and a “good” day, there can be a “blah” day. Often, these are the kind of days where everything seems the same as every other day – same waking time, same breakfast, same closet full […]

Like many of you, my days begin with much of the same routine, mostly involving health activity. Stretching, medications, setting up for the day ahead (sun protective clothing or not?) – it can feel as if each day begins with […]

Ah! Wilderness! I’ve always like that title for a book or a play. Not so fond of it as a description of what it’s like to live with chronic pain. But, so often,that is what it is like. Wilderness. Stark. Deserted. […]