In the Gospel for the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time, Jesus teaches his disciples how to pray. “What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?” (Luke 11-13) Jesus offers no guaranty that every thing we pray for will be answered. He urges trust in God’s continual loving care. My wife and I have prayed for God’s help throughout our married life. With God’s grace, we buried our parents, survived times of unemployment, and lived through other hardships. God’s love helps us through bad times and good. Trusting in God’s loving care, we are better able deal with life’s difficulties with love for ourselves and others? How do you pray?