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Sweet Hour of Prayer! Or Not? How do You Experience Prayer?

August 9, 2018 2 Comments
Sweet Hour of Prayer! Or Not? How do You Experience Prayer?

How do you think of prayer? Is it another thing you “have to do” among many other things on your list? Or is prayer a time when you refrain from doing? Is prayer a requirement you regret or a rest you relish? What is prayer for you? The danger in answering questions like these is […]

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Four Teachings on Personal Prayer – A Homily for the 16th Sunday of the Year

July 21, 2018 4 Comments
Four Teachings on Personal Prayer – A Homily for the 16th Sunday of the Year

The Gospel this Sunday speaks to us of the priority of personal prayer. In last week’s Gospel, Jesus sent the apostles out two by two to proclaim the Kingdom. Now they return, eager to report their progress and the graces they encountered. As Jesus listens, He urges them (perhaps because they are so overjoyed) to […]

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The Punishment of Complete Loss and What It Says to Us

September 24, 2017 10 Comments
The Punishment of Complete Loss and What It Says to Us

In the Office of Readings, we are currently reading from the prophet Ezekiel. Sunday’s reading warns of the possibility that moral conditions in the world can get so awful, even among the people of God, that He must take the strongest and most severe of measures. Ezekiel experienced the coming disaster upon Israel very personally […]

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Why Do Some of the Psalms Seem Boastful?

August 22, 2017 7 Comments
Why Do Some of the Psalms Seem Boastful?

To anyone who regularly reads the Liturgy of the Hours, some of the psalms seem downright boastful. They sound too much like the Pharisee who went to pray and said, God, I thank you that I am not like other people — robbers, evildoers, adulterers — or even like this tax collector. I fast twice […]

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While on Others Thou Art Calling, Do Not Pass Me By – A Homily for the 20th Sunday of the Year

August 19, 2017 5 Comments
While on Others Thou Art Calling, Do Not Pass Me By – A Homily for the 20th Sunday of the Year

The Gospel this Sunday teaches us to pray always and not to lose heart. It is about being tenacious in prayer, continuing to beseech the Lord even when the results are discouraging. It is also about the Lord’s will to extend the Gospel to all the nations and to make the Church truly catholic. Let’s look […]

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On the Power of Liturgy and Prayer

May 31, 2017 0 Comments
On the Power of Liturgy and Prayer

There is a text from the Acts of the Apostles (read last week at Mass) that sets forth quite well some of the qualities of the Sacred Liturgy. Although the “liturgy” cited in this passage is not a Mass, the description should apply to all our liturgies; from the Liturgy of the Hours to baptism, […]

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And with Sweet Sleep Mine Eyelids Close – A Meditation on a Beautiful Hymn of the Night

July 25, 2016 6 Comments
And with Sweet Sleep Mine Eyelids Close – A Meditation on a Beautiful Hymn of the Night

One of the great night prayer hymns, “All Praise to Thee My God This Night,” appears in numerous hymnals of the English tradition. Sadly, it is not in our current breviary, but I hope that the new one might feature it. It was written by Thomas Ken in 1709 and is most often sung to […]

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The Priority of Personal Prayer

July 16, 2016 3 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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