55Plus Series: Pain and Joy and the Journey of Faith
February 15, 2024 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Attend in-person or online
$15-20 suggested donation
Chronic illness and pain can challenge us in myriad ways, but most especially when our lived experience meets faith. Then, we might find more questions than answers surfacing in our hearts: Why is God bringing such suffering? Why do I have these challenges and others don’t? Is God listening to my prayers? What is the purpose in ongoing illness or pain? Although complete answers might elude us, there is a wealth of insight and inspiration to be gleaned from the experience of illness and pain – and even, joy! This presentation, and the conversation we will have following it, will frame the journey of faith within daily life with chronic illness and pain and offer prayerful and practical ways to reap abundant grace and encouragement all along the way.
Maureen Pratt, MTS, MFA, is an award-winning Catholic author of nine books including the devotional, Peace in the Storm: Meditations on Chronic Pain and Illness (Image/Penguin Random House) and Beyond Pain: Job, Jesus, and Joy (Galilee Road Publishing) and, for most of her life, has experienced serious, often-disabling, pain and chronic illness, including lupus. She is a popular, national speaker on the more difficult places in our faith journey, where belief meets disability, chronic pain, illness, and caregiving. Maureen holds a Master of Theological Studies degree and is the Founder and Executive Director of The Peace in the Storm Ministry, a new parish-based model of spiritual and theologically-sound accompaniment for those who live with chronic illness and pain.