Pope Francis urges families to say three things: sorry, excuse me, thank you

Pope Francis urges families to say three things: sorry, excuse me, thank you

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!" 

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How to Find Interior Peace When the World is in Turmoil

How to Find Interior Peace When the World is in Turmoil

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

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Did Jesus Condemn Formula Prayers Like the Rosary?

Did Jesus Condemn Formula Prayers Like the Rosary?

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?"

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Why We Need To Pray For Journalists

Why We Need To Pray For Journalists

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. 

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A Heart Open to the World: Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

A Heart Open to the World: Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

On October 15, 1885, only a few months before her thirteenth birthday and on the feast of Saint Teresa of Avila, Thérèse Martin officially enrolled in the Apostleship of Prayer (now known as the "Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network"). Each month a volunteer would hand deliver a leaflet to the Martin family, so that little Thérèse could pray for the Pope's monthly intentions. She had, at a very young age, a heart open to the world, wanting to make a difference through her prayers.

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Is God Distracting Us During Prayer?

Is God Distracting Us During Prayer?

While it is often necessary to overcome general distractions during prayer, from time-to-time there do exist “good” distractions. Our mind can wander during prayer and sometimes God uses that to His advantage. Instead of taking us away from God and His plan, these distractions are designed to help us focus on something or someone and are inspirations of the Holy Spirit.

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What Happens to a World Where Humans are No Longer at the Center?

What Happens to a World Where Humans are No Longer at the Center?

During this month of September, Pope Francis asks us to pray "that each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.In the latest Pope Video, Pope Francis expands on this idea saying that the crisis we are currently facing is "not only economic and financial, but is also ecological, educational, moral, and human." 

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How the Beauty of Creation Can Help Us Pray to God

How the Beauty of Creation Can Help Us Pray to God

This past Sunday Pope Francis drew attention to the upcoming "World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation" that the Church celebrates annually on September 1. He said, on Thursday "we will celebrate the Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, together with our Orthodox brothers and other churches. It will be an occasion to reinforce our common efforts to protect life, respecting the environment and nature."

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The Importance of Having a Sacred Space for Daily Prayer

The Importance of Having a Sacred Space for Daily Prayer

Continuing our series on developing a daily prayer regimen, an important aspect of personal prayer is location. What I have discovered is that the location of our prayer greatly affects our ability to open our hearts to God. Personally I pray better in some places than others and so it is important to identify key characteristics that can help foster our prayer life in these different locations.

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3 Moments of the Day: Praying with the Heart of Jesus

3 Moments of the Day: Praying with the Heart of Jesus

As we discovered last month while reflecting on the life of prayer of Saint Peter, the early Church adopted a practice of praying three times during the day: morning, afternoon and evening.

This daily rhythm of prayer has been adopted by many over the centuries and most recently by the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer). In our documents of recreation approved by Pope Francis, we read how a central way to incorporate our spirituality into our daily lives is by adopting these three moments of prayer:

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