Tag Archive | prayer

Mother Teresa, Prayer, and Acts of Charity

55. I remember the strong, distressing words of Mother Teresa to a young priest, Angelo Comastri, who today is a cardinal archpriest of Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. In his book Dio scrive dritto, there are magnificent passages. Here is his account of that upsetting encounter with the saint… The Sister went away for a […]

One Remedy For All the Ills of the Modern World

134. Days of solitude, silence, and fasting, nourished by the Word of God alone, allow man to base his life on what is essential. —from The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise by Robert Cardinal Sarah, Pt. 1: Silence Versus the World’s Noise   But we need to hear that silence. We need […]

When a Problem Has Robbed Us of Our Peace

We should adopt the following rule of conduct: when a problem has robbed us of our peace, the most important thing is not to resolve the problem in the hope of regaining our peace, but to regain a minimum of peacefulness, and then to see what we can do to face the problem. We will […]

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 […]

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 […]