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Prayer and Faith

In order to pray, let us believe; and for our faith not to weaken, let us pray. Faith causes prayer to grow, and when prayer grows our faith is strengthened. —St. Augustine —in the Navarre Bible – New Testament: Compact Edition, from the commentary on Luke 18:1-8

Prayer: Just Do It

Let’s get very, very basic and very, very practical about prayer. The single most important piece of advice I know about prayer is also the simplest: Just do it! How to do it is less important than just doing it. Less-than-perfect prayer is infinitely better than no prayer; more perfect prayer is only finitely better than less perfect […]

Let Yourself Be Surprised

God constantly surprises us, he bursts our categories, he wreaks havoc with our plans. And he tells us: trust me, do not be afraid, let yourself be surprised, leave yourself behind and follow me! —Pope Francis —from his homily on Sunday, October 13, 2013 —Read the entire homily and also his beautiful reflection on Mary […]

Oh, Happiness

[W]hat if I decided that to each thing I gave up I would attach a certain prayer?  God, my fast from desserts today is my prayer for the freedom of the Chinese from religious persecution. The fruit of this small sacrifice is at least two-fold; firstly, it teaches self-denial, which, inasmuch as it teaches contentment, is […]

A Well-Placed Light

We Christians are not supposed to hide our lights under a bushel basket, and we’re also not supposed to glare at others, sending them scurrying back into the shadows. At the Transfiguration, Jesus’ dazzling brightness did not sting the eyes of the apostles. A light that is well placed does not repel others; it attracts […]