Archive by category: Prayer and HolinessReturn
RSS
13

Taking a Deep Breath

posted on
Taking a Deep Breath
Inner peace. It’s what everyone is looking for, isn’t it? It has to be: there are hundreds of self-help books flooding the marketplace, each of them claiming to give readers the path to inner contentment. DVDs walk us through mindfulness meditations, herbal “remedies” claim to calm our anxieties, yoga classes urge us to breathe deeply and discover our inner self.And yet something isn’t working. Everyone is still waiting for the next book, the next video, the next cl...
Read More
| Categories: Inspiration, Prayer and Holiness | Tags: | View Count: (2035)
Pray To Your Father in Secret Lenten Book Club - Week 2
Welcome to the Online Lenten Book Club!During these six weeks of Lent, we are reading and reflecting on the classic on prayer, Pray To Your Father in Secret by Jean Lafrance. For more information about the book club, visit this blog post. Week 2, Section 1 - The God of DialogueFr. Lafrance urges us to walk in the steps of God’s people in Scripture. As Moses discovered, God isn’t accessible through our minds: he is mystery. Moses, Elijah, and the psalmist all knew ...
Read More
| Categories: New Titles, Inspiration, Prayer and Holiness, Lent | Tags: Lent Book Club, Jean Lafrance, Pray to Your Father in Secret, Online Lent Book Club, Dialogue on Prayer | View Count: (1369)
07

In Times of Trouble, Turn to God

posted on
In Times of Trouble, Turn to God
There is perhaps only one thing that people of all nations, all political parties, all beliefs, and all races can agree upon: the world is in turmoil. The planet may have already suffered irreversible damage. The situation in Syria is perhaps the worst humanitarian crisis of all time. The United States is so politically polarized that family members cannot speak civilly with each other. Children go to bed hungry, and people pass the homeless on the street with no more than a cursory glance. ...
Read More
| Categories: Inspiration, Prayer and Holiness, Lent | Tags: St. Francis de Sales, Courage in Troubled Times, Courage in Chaos | View Count: (2328)
Pray to Your Father in Secret Lenten Book Club - Week 1
Week 1 of the weekly guide to the "Pray To Your Father in Secret" Lenten Book Club: Preface.
Read More
| Categories: New Titles, Inspiration, Prayer and Holiness, Lent | Tags: Lent Book Club, Jean Lafrance, Pray To Your Father in Secret, Online Lent Book Club, Dialogue on Prayer | View Count: (1559)
16

Lord, Teach Me How To Pray

posted on
Lord, Teach Me How To Pray
Humanity has been trying to learn how to pray from the earliest times. In fact, almost every single book in the Bible mentions the word prayer or expresses a prayer, making close to 1,200 distinct references to praying. Our most important prayer, the Our Father, was given to us by Jesus himself in response to the disciples’ plea for help praying. And St. Paul exhorts us to devote ourselves to prayer and to pray without ceasing.We are in a difficult position, it would seem. We yearn to reac...
Read More
| Categories: Inspiration, Prayer and Holiness | Tags: | View Count: (2762)
How to Keep a Spiritual Journal like the Saints Did
There’s always been a special place in the Catholic Church for the keeping of spiritual journals. Some of our most beloved saints, including St. Therese of Lisieux (her journal was published as The Story of a Soul) and St. Ignatius Loyola (whose journal became the Spiritual Exercises), kept spiritual journals.Closer to our own time, Pope John XXIII kept a personal journal from when he was a teenager until he died, and Pope John Paul II’s personal notes are also soon to be published i...
Read More
| Categories: Inspiration, Prayer and Holiness, Miracle of Hope | Tags: | View Count: (7890)
A Prayer for a New Vision: Prayers for Our Nation
We beg you, Eternal Wisdom, to give us new visionso as to view persons and events with the eyes of Christ.Open our hearts to great respect for every human personand for authentic values rooted in the Gospel.Help us to promote what is true, just, pure, and good,so that all persons may recognize the dignity to which God calls them.Make us your leaven in the midst of humanity,proclaiming and bringing your salvation into every corner of our world.Holy Spirit, allow us to be surprised bythe...
Read More
| Categories: Prayer and Holiness | Tags: | View Count: (2644)
O Lord, Use Me: Prayers for Our Nation
Lord, make me an instrument of your grace.Where there is ignorance, let me bring inspiration;Where there is prejudice, understanding;Where there is weariness, strength;Where there is ugliness, beauty;Where there is loneliness, companionship;Where there is sadness, joy;Where there is fear, courage;Where there is doubt, faith;Where there is hatred, love.Lord, fill my mind with your truth,my heart with your love,my whole being with your Spirit.Grant me the supreme giftof forgetfulness of self in se...
Read More
| Categories: Inspiration, Prayer and Holiness | Tags: | View Count: (1758)
What if Jesus gave you a theme for 2017? (Hint: It would be better than a resolution!)
Most of us turn the page from December 31 to January 1 with mixed feelings. There may be regrets for what we’d planned to see accomplished in the year that is over. For many people, probably for most people, there is hope that the new year will be different. And most of us make new year’s resolutions. We decide that this is the year we’re going to lose weight, or start a new career, or take a class. We’re all about self-improvement, about making changes that will&mda...
Read More
| Categories: Inspiration, Prayer and Holiness, Living the Faith Today | Tags: | View Count: (5036)
09

12 Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

posted on
12 Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Our Lord Jesus Christ made these twelve promises to those who honor His Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, a French nun, whom he called “the Beloved Disciple of the Sacred Heart” and the Heiress “of all Its treasures”, in the 1670’s. They show us how much he cherishes this devotion. Considering that the blood that redeemed us at Calvary came from His Sacred Heart and that so much love and light still exude from it, we can easily understand why! These promises were revealed in one o...
Read More
| Categories: Prayer and Holiness, Mercy | Tags: | View Count: (3912)
Page 5 of 7 First 34[5]67 Last