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Is It Time to Restore the Full Psalter to the Liturgy of the Hours?

January 8, 2017 25 Comments
Is It Time to Restore the Full Psalter to the Liturgy of the Hours?

One of the great gifts of reading the Liturgy of the Hours (also called the Breviary) faithfully over the years faithfully is that the Scriptures become deeply impressed upon the mind, heart, memory, and imagination. This is especially true of the psalms that are repeated every four weeks, all year long, every year. But there […]

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On the Necessity of Prayer

December 1, 2016 5 Comments
On the Necessity of Prayer

To say that something is “necessary” is to declare that it is so essential that to be without it causes grave if not deadly harm. The word comes from Latin: ne- (not) + cedere (to withdraw, go away, yield). The root sense is that what is necessary is something from which we cannot stray, something […]

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If You’re Looking for a Book on Prayer, Get This One First

August 24, 2016 4 Comments
If You’re Looking for a Book on Prayer, Get This One First

The Lord says that we have to pray and indicates that without prayer we will give way to temptation. Thus prayer is essential for us to escape sin and keep our lives on the right path. While God offers many graces to overcome sin and live holy lives, those graces are often delivered through the […]

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Three Teachings from the Lord on Prayer

July 23, 2016 2 Comments
Three Teachings from the Lord on Prayer

Last week’s Gospel featured the Lord insisting that prayer was “the one thing necessary.” This week, we see the disciples’ request that the Lord teach them on prayer. In answer, the Lord gives three basic teachings or prescriptions for prayer. Let’s look at these three prescriptions. I. Pattern of Prayer – The Gospel opens as […]

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When God Says No – A Meditation On the Sometimes Mysterious Providence of God

June 6, 2016 9 Comments
When God Says No – A Meditation On the Sometimes Mysterious Providence of God

In last Sunday’s Gospel, we heard the story of the widow at Nain, whose son Jesus raised from the dead. Beautiful though that story is, there are some who may wonder sadly why they did not receive a better answer to their prayers; why their loved one died. Such stories might even serve to deepen […]

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What Is Meant by the “Sacrifice of Praise” in Scripture?

January 4, 2016 7 Comments
What Is Meant by the “Sacrifice of Praise” in Scripture?

Please consider the following reflection more of a pastoral meditation than a formal exegesis. I do not seek here to compare every use of the phrase in the Scriptures but rather to ponder how we seem to have lost the connection of personal sacrifice to liturgy and worship. Scripture clearly connects them. Let’s look at […]

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How to Understand Dry and Difficult Prayer

December 28, 2015 2 Comments
How to Understand Dry and Difficult Prayer

Most who seek the Lord in prayer experience times of dryness and difficulty, times in which it seems to us that the Lord hides His face. We pray; we call out; we seek Him; but He doesn’t seem to answer; it almost seems as if He hides from us. A well-known atheist was once asked […]

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On Humility in Prayer

October 27, 2015 3 Comments
On Humility in Prayer

Perhaps like you, I have to see people I love and care about through some difficult periods in their lives. One neighbor and parishioner recently lost her eight-year-old daughter to cancer. A number of my parishioners are seeking work and praying daily for it, but no employment offers have been forthcoming. Still others cry out […]

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