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Friday, April 18, 2008
Prayer: Does it have to be fixed?
I am a Catholic. I grew up Catholic, and I believe I will always be a Catholic. But I also grew up in a Protestant school and that has somewhat created a conflict regarding my prayer methods.

My grandmother and mother taught me ways to pray, and at some point they have insisted that their way is better. But I have been taught - through school - that there are OTHER ways to pray. It is because of this that I have tried to find a common ground for my beliefs finding comfort in connecting with God in the way I choose. Still, my elders pressed that I follow their methods.

Lately, I have been having a hard time praying. I feel the need to pray, and I want to do it very badly. My mother instructed me to do certain prayers at a certain time, and my husband says something else, and my grandmother has prescribed some, too! It comes to a point that somehow these prayers are no longer my own, but something that I have been memorizing and been taught to say. How can these be the prayers from my heart if I do not feel it?

I believe God heard my dilemma and somehow I feel like I have been answered. Today, I noticed a subscription I had in my email from Bo Sanchez. And this is the entry in his blog: Is Praying Supposed to be Fun?

In his entry, Bo has answered my queries in so many ways. It is okay to pray the way I choose to do it. Isn't the communication with God the important thing rather than the numerous lines drilled into me since I don't know when? Like so many others, sometimes I sing, sometimes I write Him a letter, sometimes I just talk when I feel like He's beside me. So many ways... All of which I think are still prayers which He will hear.

Do we really have to follow fixed prayers? How do you pray?

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About Me: even when she has fairy wings on, this girl is anything BUT dainty. perhaps the size, the weight, and the personality alone are just too much for her to be considered delicate, prim, proper, and refined. this girl with the mud smudged cheeks has been down on the ground one to many times. these times forced her to be tougher, smarter, and more savvy than she has ever been. perhaps she will always be, never dainty. email me: neverdainty [at] gmail [dot] com
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