Best Ignatian Songs: That's Why I Pray

A tip of the dotMagis hat to Tim Merriman, who has included many of this blog’s Best Ignatian Songs on a Spotify playlist.  (Join Spotify and search for “Ignatian Songs.”)

Here’s one of Tim’s favorites–“That’s Why I Pray” by the country duo Big & Rich. The song is about prayer as a response to pain and suffering, beginning with humility:

Now I’m begging for forgiveness

I wanna make a difference even in the smallest way

I’m only one person, but I can feel it working

I believe in better days

That’s why I pray

Lyrics here.  Go here to watch the video on YouTube.

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Jim Manney
Jim Manney is the author of highly praised popular books on Ignatian spirituality, including A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer (about the Daily Examen) and God Finds Us (about the Spiritual Exercises). He is the compiler/editor of An Ignatian Book of Days. His latest book is What Matters Most and Why. He and his wife live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

4 COMMENTS

  1. I love the lyrics, but tried to print out to share with friends and family All these ads came up and covered the end of the lyrics Can this be corrected

    • Sue, the lyrics are provided by a third-party source via the link, and we have no control over how they choose to display ads on their print-friendly version.

  2. I was deeply moved by this song and listened several times. It reminds me of Mother Teresa’s words: “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” And “that’s why I pray” and then do what I feel God calling me to do, no matter how small. Thank you.

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