alas. I realized I was praying as a child

and I had to embrace praying as a grown up


“That Tax Collector was a very bad man;

if all the Pharisee said was true.

But Jesus chooses the wicked one

and rejects the prideful one.”[1]


indeed, it is not about being wicked

or being proud that turns God off

it is that the Pharisee assumed

God would be proud of him


I spent a long time making God be proud of me

I had good grades – straight A’s

I played sports well – triple letter

I went to church, worked hard – a good neighbor


praying is not prideful, it’s first things first –

I have to call on God and then listen,

not go on and on about how good I am

or for that matter how bad I am


the Tax Collector prays; “have mercy on me.”

I am Christ-like but I am not Christ

I accept my successes and failures

and rest assured in God’s mercy

[1] Father Judge Meditation on Prudence

Published by carlfmaulbeck

In the movie "Harvey", Elwood P Dowd, played by Jimmy Stewart, explains coping with the world this way: "Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be' - she always called me Elwood - 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." Well, for years I was smart, oh so very smart, I too recommend pleasant - Trust the harmony

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