Raised in an Italian Roman Catholic/Mass attending family, I'm not now a religious woman, although I consider myself spiritual. And while I do not understand how it works, I believe strongly in the power of prayer. I also believe in the existence of Good -- and wonder (and here's where my linguistic background comes in) if the development of the concept of "God" actually derives from the word "good". It makes sense. Perhaps it is not exactly 'prayer power' that elicits change, but the power of the collective 'good'. And while this is something to think about, it's not the point of my post.
At the risk of incurring the wrath of many, I confess that I pray for Bin Laden, the Taliban, and those throughout the world who through their intolerance or greed harm others. Why waste my prayers on these people? I pray for their victims and those who are preyed upon as well, but wouldn't it be wonderful, in every sense of this word, if the Peace of Goodness came to these tortured souls and they never again felt the hatred that has engulfed them and thereby affected so many others?
Perhaps it's just the season that has spurred my idealistic meandering, but considering what's at stake, what can prayer hurt?
- I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.