Posts Tagged ‘Pray’

How to pray, talk and act across faiths without betraying your own Comments 0

Monday, July 13th, 2020
across faiths

I can’t pray in Jesus’ name, but I say “peace be upon him” when I hear it. For though he is one of Islam’s greatest prophets, referenced throughout the Quran and praised with lofty virtues, to pray in his name would be a violation to my faith’s tenets. In a recent conversation with two friends, Read more

Prayer; when God can’t keep your attention Comments 0

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

I was not blessed with a quiet mind. It’s a switchboard of extemporaneous ideas, thoughts, memories and questions that is always on, always lit up, always busy. Did I plug in the slow cooker? I wonder how many calories I’ll burn if I keep swinging my leg like this. College Dropout was definitely Kanye’s best Read more

Pray, but stay away: holding on to faith in the time of coronavirus Comments 0

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Plagues of global proportions might seem biblical, but coronavirus is creating new challenges for faith leaders. Last week in Australia, many churches, mosques and synagogues decided proactively to cancel their normal worship services. These were not easy decisions for groups for whom being a gathered community is central to their identity and practice. Australia’s largest Read more

Why pray if God knows what your going to say? Comments 0

Monday, March 12th, 2018

The movie Shadowlands is the story of C. S. Lewis and his wife Joy. At one point in the film, after finding out Joy’s cancer has gone into remission, one of Lewis’ friends says to him, “I know how hard you have been praying, and now God is answering your prayer.” Lewis, brilliantly played by Read more

How to pray for others more . . . better Comments 0

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Have you ever told someone sincerely, “I’ll pray for you!” and then wondered, “Oh no. What have I done?” You have the best intention of praying for them, but you feel like you don’t know how. I’ve been there, too! Until this past semester, in fact. Up until then, if I wanted to pray for Read more

You want ME to pray for you? It’s becoming more unlikely… Comments 0

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Getting any kind of help from Jesus didn’t seem likely when I was propelled onto a praying exploration by my friend Marcia’s decision to go on pilgrimage. Neither did I expect preaching at a local church, an unusual experience for me these days, the preaching and the going to church, to be a tipping point. The gospel I Read more

Pope Benedict happy living ‘like a monk’ Comments 0

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

“I live like a monk and I’m fine. I pray and I read,” Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has told a German friend who visited him recently at his new residence in the Mater Ecclesiae monastery in Vatican City. Manfred Lutz, a German scholar who is a member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity and Read more

You want ME to pray for you? 5 weeks and counting…. Comments 0

Friday, June 7th, 2013

The trouble with the godstuff is that you can spend an awful lot of time wrestling with things that make no apparent sense. Like this prayer exploration I’ve been tangling with after my friend Marcia asked me to pray for her before merrily tripping off on pilgrimage. Prayer has always been a mystery to me, which you Read more

You want ME to pray for you? Day 19 Comments 0

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Not one prayer Marcia. Even though you asked me to pray for your pilgrimage to Santiago, not one dialogue with God has unfolded. No petitions have been sent heavenward asking for your safekeeping. Not even any candles lit on your behalf. My lack of proper praying hasn’t given rise to any guilt at all; just an engaged interest Read more

Pope Francis and Pope Benedict meet as ‘brothers’ Comments 0

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

In an historic meeting, Pope Francis and Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI prayed side-by-side in the chapel at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo. “In the chapel, the Pope Emeritus offered the place of honour to Pope Francis, but he said: ‘We are brothers’, and wanted them to kneel together in the same place,” said Read more