How to pray?

“How to pray? This is a simple matter. I would say: Pray any way you like, so long as you do pray.” (Pope John Paul II)

During a visit to an assisted living home in the Adirondacks, I noticed a bearded man with an amputated leg sitting in a wheel chair, looking out into the mountains.  As I walked up to meet him, he stretched out his hand and warmly said,  “Glad to meet you, Reverend.”  I began by mentioning that my sister had been in a wheel chair with rheumatoid arthritis since she had been 3 years old and how much of an inspiration she had always been to me.  He looked at me and said, “rheumatoid arthritis since the age of three…that’s a tough one.” When he told me that he was Christian but not Catholic, I responded by saying, “Christ is very close to you and loves you very much….he thinks of you as a great friend.”  He looked at me in the eyes and said, “I’m not sure what I would do without Christ.  I talk to him all the time and he gets me through the day.  He is my friend, a good friend…”

About Father Michael Sliney, LC

Father Michael Sliney was ordained a priest in Rome on December 24, 1998. He studied mechanical engineering at Michigan State University for two years before entering the Legion. As a seminarian he earned a bachelors in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas and degrees in philosophy and theology from the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum College in Rome. He works with youth groups in the Washington D.C. area.
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