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Archive of posts filed under the Prayer category.

Using the News to Pray

In previous articles like, “What’s in the News,” I have written about why I think it is important to follow the news. Watching the news we typically hear more discouraging news than uplifting news. Recently, I have begun trying to use news headlines as the source of material for prayer. I still advocate to follow […]

Praying the Litany of St. Joseph

In my last blog article, “In Struggles We Find Hope,” I reflected on my recent reading of St. Joseph and His World by Mike Aquilina (New York: Scepter Publishers. 2020). Continuing on the theme of the Year of St. Joseph called for by Pope Francis (Dec. 2020-December 2021), today I would like to reflect on the “Litany […]

New Series on Prayer

Finally, I have the details for my next series of presentations! It will be a series on prayer called, Giving our Hearts to God: What It Means to Pray. Now, I don’t profess to be an expert on prayer. In fact, I admit I struggle to pray “well” at times. Prayer can become routine. We […]

It’s Worth Doing Well

If it is worth doing, it is worth doing well. I am referring to our celebration of the Mass. It is certainly worth doing! The Eucharist is the source and summit of our Catholic faith (Lumen Gentium, 11). We know when to stand and when to kneel. We know the responses. Do we do them […]

Where Do you Go to Find God?

As I settle into a new rectory, I look to shape the space in which I will pray. This rectory has enough rooms that I am able to dedicate a whole room to prayer and God. Many people may not have that much space. If this is the case for you, I recommend finding a […]

Charles de Foucauld’s Prayer of Abandonment

In the Lord’s Prayer we pray “thy will be done.” We say it but do we mean it? Are we willing to completely set aside our own will to completely abandon ourselves to God’s Will? I would like to use Charles de Foucauld’s “Prayer of Abandonment” to reflect on our willingness to abandon ourselves to […]

Reflecting on the Act of Contrition

After we confessing our sins in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and receiving a penance, we say an Act of Contrition. This expresses our sorrow for our sins. We say the Act of Contrition as part of the ritual of the Sacrament. Do you just say the words or do you truly pray them, reflecting on […]

Two Images

When I pray, there are two images I like to use. They are images of the same thing. The first image is: and the second image is: One might look at these images and say, “Father, they are not images of the same thing. One is a Crucifix and the other is the Eucharist. They […]

Our Two Creeds

In our Catholic faith, we have two formal creeds, the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed. However, having two creeds does not mean we profess two different faiths. The two creeds are very similar in their content (you can see them side by side at https://www.usccb.org/sites/default/files/flipbooks/catechism/50/). The Apostles’ Creed is the older of the two […]

What Do You Seek in Prayer?

We are called to pray. Jesus spent time in prayer. If Jesus prayed, then all the more we need to. When you read the word “prayer”, what comes to mind? Is the Rosary the first thing that comes to mind? Maybe the Divine Mercy Chaplet or some other devotional prayer that is your favorite? For […]