Wouldn't it be wonderful to spend 30 days with a saint? Authors Anthony Lilles and Dan Burke set out to do just that with their latest book Living the Mystery of Merciful Love, which offers readers a rare opportunity to spend a month-long retreat with one of the greatest saints in modern times, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux.Read More
October is a month in the Catholic Church dedicated to the Holy Rosary and while it is a beloved prayer by many Catholics, it is often criticized by others as being "unbiblical." Additionally, those new to prayer can be tempted to view the rosary as "repetitive nonsense" that is not as heartfelt as spontaneous prayer. What did Jesus have to say about prayers like it? Didn't he say something about "babbling like the pagans?"Read More
During this month of October, Pope Francis asks us to pray, "that journalists, in carrying out their work, may always be motivated by respect for truth and a strong sense of ethics." This prayer intention is more relevant than ever in an age when information is accessed constantly over the Internet and shared with friends through social media. With very little accountability, news is presented to the masses without knowing if it is the truth or not.Read More
On October 15, 1885, only a few months before her thirteenth birthday and on the feast of Saint Teresa of Avila, Thérèse Martin officially enrolled in the Apostleship of Prayer (now known as the "Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network"). Each month a volunteer would hand deliver a leaflet to the Martin family, so that little Thérèse could pray for the Pope's monthly intentions. She had, at a very young age, a heart open to the world, wanting to make a difference through her prayers.Read More
While it is often necessary to overcome general distractions during prayer, from time-to-time there do exist “good” distractions. Our mind can wander during prayer and sometimes God uses that to His advantage. Instead of taking us away from God and His plan, these distractions are designed to help us focus on something or someone and are inspirations of the Holy Spirit.Read More
During this month of September, Pope Francis asks us to pray "that each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center." In the latest Pope Video, Pope Francis expands on this idea saying that the crisis we are currently facing is "not only economic and financial, but is also ecological, educational, moral, and human."Read More
This past Sunday Pope Francis drew attention to the upcoming "World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation" that the Church celebrates annually on September 1. He said, on Thursday "we will celebrate the Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, together with our Orthodox brothers and other churches. It will be an occasion to reinforce our common efforts to protect life, respecting the environment and nature."Read More
Continuing our series on developing a daily prayer regimen, an important aspect of personal prayer is location. What I have discovered is that the location of our prayer greatly affects our ability to open our hearts to God. Personally I pray better in some places than others and so it is important to identify key characteristics that can help foster our prayer life in these different locations.Read More
For most of my life prayer was simply “going through the motions” and stayed at the surface. Several years ago I read dozens of book on prayer, but very few taught me how to pray with both mind and soul. I struggled to go deeper in prayer and truly encounter God.Read More
This past year has been one marked by an increase in senseless violence worldwide. It seems like every day we learn of a new city that is experiencing a tragedy. What can be frustrating is that we keep on praying for peace, but nothing seems to happen.Read More
As we discovered last month while reflecting on the life of prayer of Saint Peter, the early Church adopted a practice of praying three times during the day: morning, afternoon and evening.
This daily rhythm of prayer has been adopted by many over the centuries and most recently by the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer). In our documents of recreation approved by Pope Francis, we read how a central way to incorporate our spirituality into our daily lives is by adopting these three moments of prayer:Read More
Today is the feast day of Saints Louis and Zélie Martin, parents of "the little flower" Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. They provide for us a perfect example of the best way to teach your children how to pray.Read More
Last month I began a series on finding time to pray with the question: are you a rooster or an owl? Today I will continue that series and offer a suggestion to those who want to pray every day, but can't seem to find the strength.
One of the most important parts of every day is also one of the hardest battles to fight. Simply put, it is the alarm clock.Read More
Each month, besides examining practical ways to pray, we will take a peek into the lives of various saints and discover their own prayer life. This month, we will look at Saint Peter the Apostle.Read More
To be honest, as a father of five children finding a good chunk of time to pray alone is not easy. Many great saints suggest devoting time to a full hour, but for the beginner that can seem daunting.
That is why I was intrigued by a recent book entitled The 15-Minute Prayer Solution: How One Percent of Your Day Can Transform Your Life by Gary Jansen, published by Loyola Press. It may seem like a “cop-out” to only pray for 15 minutes a day, but when you lead a busy life or are starting out in the spiritual life, 15 minutes is perfect. We can all find 15 minutes.Read More
As a way of introduction, I am new here, having started a few months ago managing the social media content for the Apostleship of Prayer. Most recently Father James Kubicki, our National Director, asked me to begin writing a weekly blog on the topic of prayerRead More