Emotional pain in its relationship to prayer poses an enigma. Pain often leads to prayer, to a crying out to God as we sense that no human help will do; but it can just as easily pull the plug on prayer, shutting the heart down so that the will to pray withers and dies; the same experience pressures the human heart one way or the other.
Prayer is not just an act of talking to God in any manner or form that I fancy. I do not mean by this that prayer, if it is to be effective, must take the form of some carefully prescribed liturgy; you do not have to pray the same way your great-grandmother prayed in order […]
Western society embraces stories; western society despises stories. We read fiction to the tune of billions spent each year, but we don’t believe stories convey truths to be lived by. Stories grab us by the ears, but only the hardest edged logic is trusted. Towards analysis and facts we have no suspicion, but narratives are […]
Everyone prays at some time or another, at least most everyone. It seems almost innate to the human person to appeal for a help greater than our fellow man can provide.
Prayer can be difficult. Not because it is, in and of itself, a particularly difficult thing, but rather because there are forces around us and in us that work against it.