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Pray as You Can, Not as You Can’t: Exploring a Prayer Slogan

Pray as you can, not as you can’t. This was the mantra of the adjunct professor who taught pastoral spirituality when I was in seminary. He said it the first day of class and every day after that. The slogan was meant to give us the freedom to explore. He offered it with no accompanying instruction about prayer, and he assigned no books on prayer. Instead, he assigned novels, and as we discussed the spiritual lives of the characters we reflected on our own spiritual journeys.... Read More