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The Spirit of Lent

Lent is a season of prayer for interior renewal.

comment | Posted Feb 11, 2016

The somber chant of the Miserere (Psalm 51) on Ash Wednesday instills within us the spirit of this season of repentance: Continue »

A Pause That Refreshes

A Pause That Refreshes

It’s way more satisfying than a nap.

comment | Posted Jan 29, 2016

Did you know that the Hebrew word “selah” occurs seventy times in thirty-nine of the psalms? While we don’t know for certain what it means, many biblical scholars believe that selah was a musical term used to indicate a pause in a song, whether for emphasis or for reflection. Continue »

Compassion: The Touch of Mercy

“God’s mercy overcomes every barrier and Jesus’ hand touches the leper. He does not stand at a safe distance and does not act by delegating, but places himself in direct contact with our contagion.” —Pope Francis Continue »

God-Bearer:  Mary, Mother of God

The title “Mother of God” is the Western church’s equivalent of the ancient Eastern title Theotokos, which means “God-bearer.” In 431, the Council of Ephesus sanctioned the title Theotokos for Mary as a way of declaring and protecting the divinity of Christ. The title declares the most important truth about Mary: She is the Mother of God. Continue »

Praying the O Antiphons of Advent

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
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Come to the Father

Come to the Father

This Advent and Christmas season, let yourself “be encircled by the arms of the mystery of God.”

comment | Posted Dec 02, 2015

In 1902, a sociologist named Charles Cooley developed a theory called the “Looking Glass Self.” According to Cooley, the way we think about ourselves is formed in large part by what we think the most important people in our lives think about us. Continue »

Praying with Thanksgiving

Praying with Thanksgiving

Let your gratitude to God give shape and substance to your daily prayer to him.

comment | Posted Nov 19, 2015

Prayers of thanksgiving make up a big part of all my daily prayer times. I thank the Lord for all the marvels of his creation and love. I praise him for this vast universe of one hundred billion galaxies, for this beautiful planet he made as a dwelling for us, his sons and daughters, and for the Word made flesh, who dwelt among us as Jesus Christ, in whom we have salvation and eternal life. Continue »

The Saints Teach Us to Converse with God

The Church celebrates All Saints Day on November 1. Find inspiration and wisdom about conversing with God in prayer in this selection of quotations from the saints. Continue »

Finding God’s Peace in Everyday Challenges

Finding God’s Peace in Everyday Challenges

Meditations on the effectiveness of prayer

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The Power of Our Prayers Continue »

Praying to the Rhythm of the Rosary

Praying to the Rhythm of the Rosary

Dwelling on the mysteries of the rosary is a powerful way for the Spirit to penetrate beyond the surface of our lives and lift us up to heaven.

comment | Posted Oct 07, 2015

What do you suppose would happen if someone were to mention the title of your favorite song? Wouldn’t you, almost unconsciously, begin hearing the tune in your mind? Maybe you’d even start tapping your toes to the rhythm and humming along with the music. Continue »

The Gospel of Matthew

The Gospel of Matthew

Knowing the Gospels Better Opens the Way to Prayer

comment | Posted Sep 21, 2015

Years ago I was privileged to be part of an excavation team working on a site in Israel along the coast of the Sea of Galilee. Continue »

Prayers to Calm the Soul and Strengthen the Spirit

Life on this earth has always been stressful. Threats to our survival and well-being, whether from the natural world or from what we may perceive as dangerous, have been part of every age. Continue »

Prayer, Our Lifeline to God

Prayer, Our Lifeline to God

Do You Find It Hard to Pray? Here’s Some Practical Advice . . .

comment | Posted Aug 26, 2015

Prayer is not a last resort. It’s not what we do after we read the self-help books, after we go to the specialists, or after we surf the Internet. Prayer is our lifeline to God. Continue »

The Assumption of Mary

The Assumption of Mary

Authentic Faith Looks Forward to Having a Glorified Body

comment | Posted Aug 15, 2015

We pronounce, declare, and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory. —Pope Pius XII, "Munificentissimus Deus", 44 Continue »

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