The Word Among Us

September 2013 Issue

Prayer Really Matters

A new book shows why—and how—we should pray each day.

By: Woodeene Koenig-Bricker

Prayer Really Matters: A new book shows why—and how—we should pray each day. by Woodeene Koenig-Bricker

Like a lot of other people around the world, I’ve been both captivated and inspired by the impromptu homilies Pope Francis gives each morning at Mass in Casa Santa Marta—none more so than the Monday morning after Pentecost, when he spoke on the subject of prayer. But let me back up a bit.

For several weeks before, I had been thinking about prayer—how we pray and what happens when we pray. My companion has been Bert Ghezzi’s...

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