Prayer for the New Season

June 29th, 2009 Posted in writing

Many people try to pray often; most of the people I know try to pray every day.  But though prayer may be constant, the way one prays can change.

Take the big picture, for example. An adult will pray differently than a child, a parent will pray differently than someone without children, someone who’s sick will pray differently than someone who’s healthy, and so on.

And on a more mundane level, people can pray differently at different times of the year. In the winter I usually pray inside, often with a lit candle by my chair, a cup of coffee, and a Bible. In the summer I often pray outside saying a rosary while I walk or campus smoking my pipe, sitting on a bench near the library.

We need some constancy in our prayer and we also need adaptability and flexibility. In prayer, as in life, flexibility is a must. As summer officially begins, ask yourself how you might want to adapt the way you pray to match the new season.

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