As January comes to an end, there are many challenges that continue to divide the world and there does not appear to be any firm resolution in the near future. It is a stressful time for the Church, as she seeks to bring consolation and peace to a world at war with each other.
This period of strife that we are experiencing reminds me of the vision of St. John Bosco that he received of the Two Pillars.Read More
As we draw to the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, recently one issue that has united Christians from every denomination has been the protection of human life in all its stages. This opportunity to unite, putting aside our differences, must not go unnoticed and is in accord with Pope Francis' prayer intention this month:Read More
This past Sunday Pope Francis has asked the world to pray for an "urgent" prayer intention. He said, "That in these days of such great cold that we think of all the people living on the streets, affected by the cold and by the indifference of others. We pray for them and ask the Lord to warm the hearts of others to help them."Read More
We all know the scenario. After stepping into a church or kneeling beside our bed at home, we feel nothing. We may have the good intention of starting to pray every day for 30 minutes and then when the time comes to pray we feel discouraged because, well, nothing happens!
When presented with this silence we might ask ourselves, "Am I doing something wrong?" Or if we are feeling a bit down and at a loss we might question everything, saying, "Is God even there?"Read More
While a daily schedule of prayer can be used as armor against the many spiritual foes that assail us on a daily basis, we must not forget the primary reason why we pray. Prayer, above all else, is what nourishes our relationship with God and sets us on the course to ultimate union with him in Heaven.Read More
St. Paul exhorts the Thessalonians to “Pray without ceasing” and in context he does so shortly after reminding them, “But let us, who are of the day, be sober, having on the breastplate of faith and charity, and for a helmet the hope of salvation” (1 Thessalonians 5: 17, 8). Unceasing prayer for Saint Paul is not only a pathway to eternal communion with God, but it is also a strong defense against the many temptations that come from the world, flesh and the devil, who “as a roaring lion, goes about seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8). In other words, developing a daily prayer schedule (along with practicing faith, hope and charity) where you intentionally set aside times to "pray without ceasing," has the power to defend your interior life from the numerous traps that are set and are aimed at preventing you from achieving a deep and abiding relationship with God.Read More
Each year around Christmas time we look forward to the New Year in hopeful expectation. What will happen in 2017? Will it be better than 2016? Often we decide to take on a new "resolution" to correct an area of our lives that needs some work. It could be eating better, exercising more or simply spending more time with family.
One area that is always in need of growth is the spiritual life, but we often forget about it. So why not consider revamping that aspect of your life in the New Year?Read More
Often in the spiritual life we need a little guidance. We set aside time every day to pray, but we simply don't know where to begin. Or we may have read all the spiritual books on our shelves and are out of ideas for what to read next for daily inspiration. Look no further. If you are interested in short digestible readings that feed the soul every day of the year, you have come to the right place.Read More
Advent is a great time to focus on prayer as we wait patiently for the coming of our Lord on Christmas. However, sometimes we try and try and try to pray and nothing seems to work. Or, we plan on making a holy hour each day and a week goes by and we barely set aside 10 minutes.Read More
A few years ago Pope Francis gave some great advice to families that is perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday. He said in a homily, "If families can say these three things, they will be fine. ‘Sorry,’ ‘excuse me,’ ‘thank you.’ How often do we say ‘thank you’ in our families? How often do we say ‘thank you’ to those who help us, those close to us, those at our side throughout life? All too often we take everything for granted!"Read More
Is your heart restless? Do you struggle with prayers not being answered? Are you worried about what is happening in the world? Do you need more peace in your life? If you are interested in finding peace in your soul and relieving the anxiety you feel in your heart, I highly recommend Father Jacques Philippe's book, Searching for and Maintaining Peace: A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart.Read More
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that we live in an age dominated by "noise." This refers not only to audible "noise" like the radio or YouTube videos, but also the numerous visual distractions that take us away from spending a moment in absolute silence.Read More
While we often focus on praying to the saints in Heaven on All Saints Day, it is also a day in the liturgical calendar that allows us the chance to reflect on God's "universal call to holiness." What this means is that everyone, no matter what profession or state in life, can become a saint!
That is good news!Read More
Wouldn't it be wonderful to spend 30 days with a saint? Authors Anthony Lilles and Dan Burke set out to do just that with their latest book Living the Mystery of Merciful Love, which offers readers a rare opportunity to spend a month-long retreat with one of the greatest saints in modern times, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux.Read More
October is a month in the Catholic Church dedicated to the Holy Rosary and while it is a beloved prayer by many Catholics, it is often criticized by others as being "unbiblical." Additionally, those new to prayer can be tempted to view the rosary as "repetitive nonsense" that is not as heartfelt as spontaneous prayer. What did Jesus have to say about prayers like it? Didn't he say something about "babbling like the pagans?"Read More
During this month of October, Pope Francis asks us to pray, "that journalists, in carrying out their work, may always be motivated by respect for truth and a strong sense of ethics." This prayer intention is more relevant than ever in an age when information is accessed constantly over the Internet and shared with friends through social media. With very little accountability, news is presented to the masses without knowing if it is the truth or not.Read More