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The Priority of Personal Prayer

July 16, 2016 2 Comments
The Priority of Personal Prayer

Today’s Gospel is the very familiar one of Martha and Mary. Martha is the anxious worker seeking to please the Lord with a good meal and hospitality; Mary sits quietly at His feet and listens. One has come to be the image of work, the other of prayer. Misinterpreted? In my lifetime I have heard […]

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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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Adoration 2.0 – A Unique Insight Based on the Teaching of a Spiritual Master

October 28, 2015 4 Comments
Adoration 2.0 – A Unique Insight Based on the Teaching of a Spiritual Master

When we think of the word “adoration,” we think of a high form of love, perhaps the highest. Theologically, we equate adoration with latria, the worship and love due to God alone. In the vernacular, to say “I adore you” is to indicate an intense and high form of love. Liturgically, adoration of the Lord […]

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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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A Tribute to the Holy Women of the Mystical Tradition

October 19, 2015 11 Comments
A Tribute to the Holy Women of the Mystical Tradition

This past week, I have been traveling in Europe: Fatima, Lourdes, Avila, and soon enough up to Notre Dame in Paris. What a privilege it is to be in these places so near to the feasts of our Lady of Fatima (10/13) and St. Teresa of Avila (10/15)! Yes, two very important women in my […]

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Transformation or Misinformation? Are Jesus’ Promises Real? What Hinders the Promises of Christ in Us?

October 5, 2015 5 Comments
Transformation or Misinformation? Are Jesus’ Promises Real? What Hinders the Promises of Christ in Us?

A text that was read at daily Mass last week features Jesus describing remarkable blessings received by the disciples. He states these blessings as a simple and obvious fact for them, blessings never before received by anyone! Do you see your life this way? Are your blessings obvious to you? Do they distinguish you from […]

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St. Monica and the Prayers of Mothers

August 27, 2015 35 Comments
St. Monica and the Prayers of Mothers

On this Feast of St. Monica, who prayed at length for her son, I’d like to say that my mother prayed for me, too! And I really needed (and still need) her prayers. Satan hates priests and seeks above all to get to us. Jesus remarked laconically and pointedly, quoting from Zechariah (13:7), Strike the […]

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A Simple but Powerful Definition of Prayer

August 5, 2015 10 Comments
A Simple but Powerful Definition of Prayer

I have read many definitions of prayer, and I am especially fond of St Therese’s description. But one of the nicest and briefest descriptions of prayer that I have read comes from Dr. Ralph Martin in his book The Fulfillment of All Desire. Dr. Martin says beautifully, in a way that is succinct and yet […]

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