Special Issue - Prayer

When God opens a window

by Joe Bollig

LEAWOOD — There was a time when Lori Dulaney’s favorite way of prayer was to walk around her neighborhood reciting the rosary.

However, health problems require that she now use an oxygen tank.

She has, in effect, been grounded.

No matter. She has a rocker beside a window in her bedroom. From there, her prayer life gives her not merely a window on the world, but on heaven as well.

“I usually pray the rosary and, after that, the Divine Mercy chaplet,” said Dulaney, a member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Leawood. “My mind may wander a bit about my life and what’s going on, but I ask God to help me with the things that are bothering me.”

The rosary has been a staple of her spirituality for nearly all her life, but the Divine Mercy chaplet became a cherished devotion when her son Dennis Dulaney died 12 years ago.

“It gives me peace of mind,” she said.

About the author

Joe Bollig

Joe has been with The Leaven since 1993. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in journalism. Before entering print journalism he worked in commercial radio. He has worked for the St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press and Sun Publications in Overland Park. During his journalistic career he has covered beats including police, fire, business, features, general assignment and religion. While at The Leaven he has been a writer, photographer and videographer. He has won or shared several Catholic Press Association awards, as well as Archbishop Edward T. O’Meara awards for mission coverage. He graduated with a certification in catechesis from a two-year distance learning program offered by the Maryvale Institute for Catechesis, Theology, Philosophy and Religious Education at Old Oscott, Great Barr, in Birmingham, England.

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