Do you ever find yourself constantly checking your watch during prayer? Personally, I have fallen into this trap many times especially during holy hours.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