Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

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Friday, April 29, 2005

Workouts, of a sort...

Praying yesterday led me to a thought about prayer in general. I was taught--those being Jesuits who were doing the teaching--that prayer was/is a spiritual exercise. A workout for the soul, if you will. This is manifestly true, but not what I'm driving at.

I have discovered* that prayer is also therapeutic for the soul. As I grow in my prayer life** I realize that a lot of the weaknesses which I have/had simply shrink away and disappear with continued application of prayer, like a paper cut under a bandage.

I suppose this is what it means to "call upon God" (which nobody ever explained to me, as if I was supposed to yell "Hey, God!" like one would shout "Hey Kool-Aid!" in those commercials on the Saturday mornings of my youth) and now that I know it is like lifting a weight in therapy, and that for the most part it is not going to work instantly but, in conjunction with the Sacrament of Reconciliation (convenient how that's there for us, huh?) it strengthens my soul to let the everyday weaknesses and temptations slide off me. (There's a Teflon analogy in here somewhere, but I have to work on it.)

So there.

Yours in Christ,

-JMG

* It is quite possible, bordering on probable, the Church has known this since Day One...or even before then, like when Mrs. Lot turned into a vertical salt lick or they tried to turn Daniel into LionChow)

** I may not have ever adequately expressed how frustrating it is to know that I still have SO much more to grow in my prayer life.