A Happy Walk

The wonder of prayer is revealed beside the well where we come seeking water (CCC 2560).


Herman always enjoyed those brisk, morning walks, especially on autumn days when the crisp air beckoned him to go a little further. It was on mornings such as this that the little, orange mouse also seemed to do his best praying.

Herman’s thoughts drifted back to St. Dominic who is credited with having given the world “prayer walking.” That was a long time ago, around AD 1200. Prayer and walking have always been grand partners.

Herman always seemed to feel much better after a walk. Maybe it was the result of exercise, as so many doctors have said. But the little mouse had a different theory. He believed those private talks with our Father in heaven had something to do with his peace and sense of well-being.

Whatever the reason, Herman was always happy after a walk and talk with God.


The Bible says, “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him.” (Ps 15:13)

God is the source of all of our hope. Whatever we put our hope in, whatever we hope for, the source of our hope is God. When that hope intersects with joy and peace, we find happiness.


That’s what Herman means when he says, “There are short-cuts to happiness in life, but prayer is the best.” That’s because God is our hope.

Prayer is a direct hotline to God. It doesn’t get any better. And Herman’s favorite time for prayer is when he’s out walking. Give it a try some time!


This is a Porch Story collected somewhere out on America’s Catholic Roads. We authenticate it as completely real and absolutely true — except maybe for one or two parts we might’ve adjusted to make it more interesting. That’s our story and we’re sticking to it.

It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B! In Christ.

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