Posts Tagged ‘Prayer’

“How Long O Lord!” A Meditation on the role of anger in prayer.

Among the struggles that many face in their spiritual lives is one in which we at times feel angry with God. While the sources of this anger can be varied, they tend to be focused in three areas: the existence of evil and injustice in the world (which God seems to permit), God’s seeming delay […] Read the rest of this entry »

What are You Praying About? Is it what God wants you to pray about? Really?

The teaching of sacred Scripture on intercessory prayer is complex, and unless we maintain a balanced view of the fuller teaching of Scripture, distortions in our understanding of the prayer of petition (or intercession) can occur. In the Gospel for Thursday in the first week of Lent, the Lord gives a teaching on prayer that […] Read the rest of this entry »

A simple but powerful definition of prayer.

I have read many definitions of prayer. I have been especially fond of St Therese’s description. But one of the nicest and briefest descriptions of prayer 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 comprehensive […] Read the rest of this entry »

On humility in prayer

I, perhaps like you, have to see folks I love and care about through some difficult periods in their life. One neighbor and parishioner just lost her eight year old daughter to cancer. A number of parishioners are seeking work and praying daily for it, but no work offers seem forth-coming. Still others cry out […] Read the rest of this entry »

The Conquering Power of Praise – A Meditation on a Text From Second Chronicles

Last week in the Breviary we read the remarkable story of King Jehoshaphat and the victory of Israel against the Moabites, Ammonites and Meunites (2 Chronicles 20). It is a story that speaks of the power of praise to defeat a numberless army. Simply singing a hymn of praise can cast out demons, avert war, […] Read the rest of this entry »

When Have You Prayed Enough? A Quick Guide for the Anxious or Scrupulous Soul

In his attempt to discourage the faithful, Satan will often tap into the idealism of those who have chosen to pursue a special and dedicated spiritual path. In effect, he will tempt them with a false piety by sowing the thought that they have not done all they could do, that if only they would […] Read the rest of this entry »

Pondering the Mysterious Word in the Lord’s Prayer No One Can Agree how to Translate

In the breviary we are currently reading St Cyprian’s commentary on the Lord’s prayer. It is a prayer shared by and prized by all Christians. Few if any have not committed to memory. Yet within the Lord’s prayer is a mysterious word that both Greek and Biblical scholars have little agreement over or even a […] Read the rest of this entry »

Pray, Pray, Pray for Priests! A Meditation on Something My Mother Taught Me

Last week I blogged on how priests pray for God’s people. indeed, such prayers are built into our daily schedule. And this post is the other side of the equation, the need that priests have for your prayers. Indeed, I will say, pray, pray, pray for priests. We need your prayers! I attended another ordination […] Read the rest of this entry »

Dublin’s Pilgrim Walk

One of the unique events of this Eucharistic Congress in Dublin is the Pilgrim Walk. Noting the revival of people’sinterest in pilgrim walks, the Congress committee created the route around seven of the oldest churches in Dublin. Readers of this blog from the Archdiocese of Washington know of the annual Seven Churches Walk sponsored by […] Read the rest of this entry »

When God says “No”

It is common for all of us to have to struggle as to the great mystery of God’s providence and will. If it is not our own struggle then we must often commiserate with others who are in distress. One person is losing her young daughter to cancer, a friend is struggling to find work, […] Read the rest of this entry »

100 Questions Jesus Asked and You Ought to Answer

One of the bigger mistakes people make in reading Scripture is that they read it as a spectator. For them Scripture is a collection of stories and events that took place thousands of years ago. True enough, we are reading historical accounts. But, truth be told these ancient stories are our stories. We are in […] Read the rest of this entry »

To Love God is a Gift that is Received, not Acheived

More often than not, the average Catholic thinks of the Commandments and the Christian moral life, as well as the spiritual life as a task, or list of tasks they must accomplish out of their own flesh power, or else they will face some negative consequence. Hence the moral life is seen by many as […] Read the rest of this entry »