What Happens to a World Where Humans are No Longer at the Center?

What Happens to a World Where Humans are No Longer at the Center?

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." 

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How the Beauty of Creation Can Help Us Pray to God

How the Beauty of Creation Can Help Us Pray to God

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."

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The Importance of Having a Sacred Space for Daily Prayer

The Importance of Having a Sacred Space for Daily Prayer

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.

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3 Moments of the Day: Praying with the Heart of Jesus

3 Moments of the Day: Praying with the Heart of Jesus

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:

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How to Sanctify the First Moments of the Day

How to Sanctify the First Moments of the Day

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.

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How 15 Minutes of Prayer Can Change Your Life

How 15 Minutes of Prayer Can Change Your Life

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.

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