Prayer

Daily, Weekly, Monthly, and Yearly Habits

The Catholic tradition is rich with spiritual practices that we can integrate into the days and seasons of our life. We should not try to reinvent the wheel here. Daily: prayer, spiritual reading and Mass whenever possible Weekly: Sabbath rest Monthly: spiritual direction, confession, support group Yearly: retreat (preferably silent) —from the online article These […]

Saints and Signals

An email to my daughter in January of this year: I mentioned the other day how I liked what mom said to you with regard to pressure you might be feeling about balancing everything… getting school work done, spending time with family, etc. Mom said she asked you what was most important in your life, […]

Prayer and Coincidence

When I pray, coincidences happen, and when I don’t, they don’t. —William Temple? I heard the quote above on the radio attributed to Saint Mother Teresa, but when I tried to verify it online, I only found it attributed to someone named William Temple. And when I looked on Wikipedia for who William Temple was, […]

The Times When Saint Therese of Lisieux Would Fall Asleep While Praying

The first principle is simple but extremely important. What matters in mental prayer is not so much what we do, as what God does in us. + [St. Therese of Lisieux] had a problem in her mental prayer: she used to fall asleep! … But she wasn’t overly upset by this weakness: I think how […]

The Glory of These Forty Days

—from the book Real Music: A Guide to the Timeless Hymns of the Church (book and CD) by Anthony Esolen, Ch. 3: Who is Christ? The glory of these forty days We celebrate with songs of praise; For Christ, by Whom all things were made, Himself has fasted and has prayed The poetry is so […]

Verbal and Melodic Icons of Jesus Christ Or: “He who sings prays twice.”

Almost every parish in the United States and Canada has such a story to tell. A priest instructs workmen to take away the statues of the saints and throw them in the pond. A bishop orders the removal of wooden pews boasting hand-carved reliefs of local Appalachian flora and fauna. What is harder to notice, […]

How to Accomplish Greater Good With Less Effort

I read the following quote in the book Time for God by Fr. Jacques Philippe (Chapter 1: Part 7) “Let those who are fully taken up with activity, who imagine they can move the world by their preaching and their other external works, reflect here for a moment; they will easily understand that they would […]