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Jan 19, 2023

Pray as You Can, Not As You Can’t

Fr. Mike Schmitz

The litany of humility is a powerful prayer. You know you should pray it but you don’t have the desire to. What should you do? Today Fr. Mike encourages and challenges us to ask God to give us the grace to pray those prayers that are more difficult to pray. “Take, Lord receive, all my liberties!”


Meet Fr. Mike Schmitz

Fr. Mike Schmitz serves as Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Duluth and as chaplain for the Newman Catholic Campus Ministry at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

He is a presenter in Ascension’s ChosenAltaration, and The 99 programs, and has a channel on Ascension Presents. He is also the host of the Ascension podcast The Bible in a Year.

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  • The Suscipe (sp?) prayer of St. Ignatius is one that I have been pulled to for years – I found it through Dan Schutte’s song “These Alone Are Enough” – but have also resisted, for similar reasons to what you describe here. Thank you, Fr. Mike, for the reminder that the first step in any faith walk is the desire – we pray that God gives us the desire to do what he wants us to do. Once we have that, even the difficult steps can be met with joy!

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