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Church and Prayer – Friday Fictioneers

Good Wednesday morning, Peeps!  Well looky-here… I can’t very well not participate in Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers when she uses my pic now, can I?  So, I am. And you can too, if you wish.  Just click on the frog below and add the link to your own 100-word story… it’s fun, g’head!

Cartoon: A Dancing Frog and View Of The Church Altar Background | Clipart  Images

Other than weddings, funerals, the occasional baptism and a midnight mass or two to please Mémère, we didn’t go to church.  My mother was pretty much done with it and nuns yet she made us do the Catholic rituals of first communion and confirmation. I don’t even remember if I ever went to confession. No matter, I’m a remarried widowed divorcée, not sure I’m even allowed to partake now, anyhow.

As for prayer, never was one much for that, either. Anne Lamott’s “Help Thanks Wow” made me realise that when I chat with the Universe? It’s kinda like a prayer.

171 thoughts on “Church and Prayer – Friday Fictioneers

  1. Dear Dale,

    You’re definitely a fallen woman. But you’ll get nun of my judgement. Love Anne Lamott’s prayer. Perfect story for the perfect prompt. Thanks for the loan. 😉

    Shalom and lotsa wow and thank you hugs,

    Rochelle

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    • Dear Rochelle,

      Don’t I know it… It was my first Anne Lamott book and won’t be my last. She is a fun read! You know it’s always my pleasure to have you usurp, I mean borrow, my pics.

      Shalom and lotsa thanks, wow love,

      Dale

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  2. You are a complicated one. Widow might trump divorce. It’s all so twisted. Twisted Sister ain’t nothing compared to a nunnery full of twisted sisters. Talking to the universe is good.

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  3. I rather like the kind of ‘fallen’ that you are, for it is far more grounded and a lot more humane than some who … well … partake. As for the spiritual – it comes in all forms, doesn’t it? Beauty in the flower. Life in the breath. Humaneness in the interaction. Awe in sunrise and sunset and good conversations. That is prayer, too, to me.
    Hugs and thank you for the prompt – was delighted to see THAT upon my ‘return’ to the bloggosphere after some weeks of no-room-on-the-plate-and-something’s-gotta-give-so-blogging-will-wait. xoxo Na’ama

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  4. Church is not a building. Prayer is not a poem or group of words. Both begin within the heart and soul. You don’t need a building to speak to the Creator of the Universe… just an open heart.

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  5. Thanks for the prompt. Dale.
    As for the church? I think you know what I think.
    Anyway, I enjoyed your story. 🙂
    Oh, and thanks for the “talking to the universe” explanation. I may use that.

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  6. Good image to write to, Dale, and I’m already seeing fabulous stories springing from it. My thought on religions that have too many rules, especially ones that exclude and damn some, aren’t in the spirit of the thing/being that religion is a spinoff of.

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    • Cool! Can’t wait to be able to read them. I just took a break from doing numbers all morning and part of the afternoon to check out some comments.
      I’m not a fan of organised religion, to be honest.

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  7. A lovely prompt and a great story to go with it. I haven’t read Anne Lamott, but I think one of my big issues with organized religion is the narrow concept of prayer. There are all sort of versions of putting yourself out there that are broader than knees on the ground, hands together, Dear Lord, Amen.

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  8. Q

    Who really knows what the rules are for God’s treehouse anyway. I mean, the rules He wrote before they got rebooted in someone else’s cursive. But this post is why it doesn’t hardly matter, because you have the password . . and it’s C.O.O.L.

    As for your ideas on praying? Perfect, really. I mean, isn’t it the point? To bear your soul rather than show your kneecaps? You know the deal, and you wear it so well.

    B

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  9. Aye, those Catholic Churches are scattered through out Quebec, and the Acadian Maritimes. Spires that cut the skyline, I marvel at them but that’s about it. I think your thoughts are the same as many and only scrap the issues. My thoughts on religion is the same as Farley Mowat’s and his are the same as his dogs. Oh well, screw it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxeO0LBR6GY lets just dance around like imbeciles it’s better than religion.

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  10. I had a friend who, forced to go to confession weekly, made up sins to tell the priest. Her own revolt against the church — her mother was raised in a Catholic orphanage. Complicated.
    I believe in individualy spirituality. We all need, I think, someone, something bigger than ourselves to have conversations with.

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  11. My parents were ‘fallen’, too and I never climbed high enough to fall anyway after I looked through the lies and nepotism. I’ve been raised catholic, too, and had to go to church every Sunday with my grandma since my ‘fallen’ parents boycotted. I think you may partake but not go to communion or sth. like that. A prayer to the universe sounds perfect.

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    • Haha! Love it. My grandmother was off and on, becoming more on as she got closer to her end (funny how that works). Yes, I know I can attend and simply not take communion – to me, it’s all a crock.
      I think Catholic priests should be able to marry and I think women should be allowed to preach. They are stuck in their old ways with all their crap that they’ve allowed over the centuries.
      Chatting with nature does wonders for the soul, I say.

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        • Oh for sure! None of this inside business, either punishment, either. Yes, they should be kicked out of the denomination with no possibility of return and held accountable in the justice system. So often, they are kicked out of their church, only to do it again in another.

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  12. Chatting with the Universe is the best way to “pray,” in my mind. And Anne Lamott is an author I return to again and again. I’ve been to some of her talks, and I worked with a writing group who had had her as their creative writing teacher. She’s a unique woman. I began with her first non-fiction book – Operating Instructions (about her first year as a new mom) and she’s hooked me ever since.

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    • I like to think so too, Pam. And this was my first Anne Lamott book and definitely not my last. I love her style. More than one person has referred me to her and I don’t even remember who suggested this one but I’m glad they did!

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    • I really enjoyed it. It’s my first Anne Lamott and definitely will not be my last! Hope you enjoy it as well… Accepting good vibes and sending you sunshine from the south shore of Montreal, Canada 😉

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  13. I have so enjoyed all the comments about finding God outside the church that I want to jump back into the conversation. As a young adult didn’t think the church I belonged to taught me what I wanted to experience about prayer so I went to various retreat centers. Over time I found my calling as a minister, went to seminary and became an ordained pastor. And I kept going away to retreats. Years later I have found my real calling as a “naturally occurring, accidental pastoral presence in the universe”. I live out my ministry in the ordinary conversations I have with other aging people who use the Senior Transportation Connection to get to Doctors appointments and such. I experience God’s love in our midst.

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    • I absolutely love this, Ina.
      “naturally occurring, accidental pastoral presence in the universe” – perfect.
      Thank you so much for sharing. I love blogging for this very reason.
      Have a fabulous Friday, lovely lady!

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      • Thanks so much, Dale. I hope you have a great Friday. I admire your dedication to answering the invitation to be part of so many prompts. I also love the many possibilities to have real conversations with other bloggers. I loved the responses to your mentioning Anne Lamott. I first encountered her in Denver at a conference whose name I forgot. Also there was the author David Whyte, a poet whose words I have used as a theme heading on my blog.

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        • It’ll start being great in about half an hour when I get the hell outta Dodge! 🙂 Been a day and a half.
          Oh, I don’t participate half as much as I used to. I got burnt out with the participation! I was spending all my time answering and commenting. I would rather do a few less and have great exchanges like this one. Ahh… thank you for the David Whyte suggestion. I will check him out. I had heard Anne Lamott’s name rather often and figured it was about time I read something by her. No regrets on that one.

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  14. Like you said in one comment, faith is personal. I love to talk out loud when hiking and I know I’m heard. And, faith is certainly not the same as organized religion which is often disillusioning and hurtful. A set of rules with no heart or kindness is what we see in these institutions. It’s dreadful. We are all “fallen” in one way or another. Sorry for the tangent. I love the way you write your feelings in story form, Dale. Wonderful writing and thought-provoking piece. Thanks for the photo!

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  15. Prayer is whatever is in your heart but said out loud.
    Everyone prays in their own way.
    Oddly: I recalled when my mother was crying because she had asked a priest if she could use birthcontrol pills. After 5 children, she was so done. The priest’s advised her not to. She was devastated. Now … no one should ask a priest anything since their behavior is questionable. Oh my … I’ve used your comment box for a rant. sorry 😥
    Anywho … thought provoking story. Stay Safe 😷 Isadora 😎

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