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:
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!