“Tools Matter”


 Prayer heals. Spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically.

From earliest time, across cultures, from the monastics, men and women of the desert, until today people have asked how best to pray.

How exactly is it to be done?

There are many answers to this and…

you can hardly go wrong.

 But for those seeking spiritual direction ~

Tools Matter for Practicing the Spiritual Life

is a wonderfully rich resource on prayer written by Mary Margaret Funk, a Benedictine Sister who has been in “formal dialogue” with Hindu, Zen Buddhist, Islam, Confucius, and Taoist traditions. She calls on all of these in her highly approachable easy to understand and utilize book.

“In the garden of our souls we are both the farmer and the seed.”

~ Mary Margaret Funk

Tools of Prayer

In answering the question of “how best to tend to the garden of our souls”, Mary Funk O.S.B. contends that the “tools” we use can make all the difference. She recommends several different methods and forms of prayer including:

Ceaseless Prayer

The Jesus Prayer

The Little Way (of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux)

& The Practice of Keeping Vigil

There are many more prayers as well as more extensive discussion of Prayer in general, including its purposes and history and the important figures who’ve made significant contributions along the way.

Fittingly, the book ends with “The Conclusion ~ When Tools Don’t Matter”.

As in the end it is God’s, and our Heart’s, good grace, which can and does set us free.

For those of us living with Chronic Pain, having pain management strategies and coping skills that we can count on is the name of the game. And prayer, for many, is the best game in town!

Author: ChronicPainDailyReflections

I manage a web-site, Chronic Pain Daily Reflections.com, created for and in support of those living in chronic pain. The site helps with the day-to-day spiritual, mental, emotional and physical needs of those with constant pain, whatever its source.