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Tag: Prayer

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 8 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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Three Helpful Prayers from the Roman Missal for Those Living in Dark and Difficult Times

July 14, 2015 13 Comments
Three Helpful Prayers from the Roman Missal for Those Living in Dark and Difficult Times

One of the great and often-missed moments in the Mass is the opening prayer, also known as the “collect.” It is called this because after priest says to the faithful, “Let us pray,” he waits a moment as they do so and then “collects” their prayers and directs them to God. Most of the collects […]

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Fix Me, Jesus; Fix Me – Three Reasons Why Even Our Spiritual Life Needs Fixing

June 28, 2015 6 Comments
Fix Me, Jesus; Fix Me – Three Reasons Why Even Our Spiritual Life Needs Fixing

When I was a good bit younger, in college actually, I had to take a few economics and marketing courses. At that time I thought to myself, “God has a bad marketing department,” since things like Scripture and prayer were often so difficult to understand and do. God seemed to insist that we pray, but everyone I […]

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Set Your Focus and Simplify – As Seen in a Commercial

June 12, 2015 8 Comments
Set Your Focus and Simplify – As Seen in a Commercial

Life is filled with distractions and one of the most critical decisions we make from moment to moment is choosing what to focus on. Brain scientists have studied for years how our eyes and ears, along with our brain, filter out lots of background data. If they didn’t, our stress levels would be overwhelming, as we sought […]

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Silence Is Necessary – On Cultivating Silence in Our Soul

May 28, 2015 17 Comments
Silence Is Necessary – On Cultivating Silence in Our Soul

I suppose it goes without saying that we live in a very fast-paced, hectic, and noisy world.  We’re often in a big hurry to get somewhere. Stress is the norm and noise is all around us in the form of radios, televisions, iPods, etc. We’re plugged in but often tuned out. Very few of us live […]

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A Reflection on the”Prayer of the Faithful”at Mass and Why The Intentions Are So Often Disappointing

May 17, 2015 41 Comments
A Reflection on the”Prayer of the Faithful”at Mass and Why The Intentions Are So Often Disappointing

One of the parts of the Ordinary Form of the Mass that was “restored” from antiquity is the “Prayer of the Faithful.” However, there is (in this author’s mind) a certain disappointing quality to the intentions as they are used today. They are either overly particular and ideological or, at the other end of the spectrum, perfunctory and flat. […]

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A Prayer for the Internet from the 1946 Roman Ritual? Sure, and It’s Wonderful!

December 11, 2014 27 Comments
A Prayer for the Internet from the 1946 Roman Ritual? Sure, and It’s Wonderful!

The old Roman Ritual was (is) a magnificent collection of blessings and prayers. It had some of the most amazing little blessings of things it would never occur to you to find in such a collection. For example, among other more common blessings of statues, religious medals, and so forth are blessings, often elaborately laid out, […]

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