While the storm rages, let us remember the vision of St. John Bosco

While the storm rages, let us remember the vision of St. John Bosco

As January comes to an end, there are many challenges that continue to divide the world and there does not appear to be any firm resolution in the near future. It is a stressful time for the Church, as she seeks to bring consolation and peace to a world at war with each other. 

This period of strife that we are experiencing reminds me of the vision of St. John Bosco that he received of the Two Pillars.

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Uniting with all Christians to protect the sanctity of life

Uniting with all Christians to protect the sanctity of life

As we draw to the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, recently one issue that has united Christians from every denomination has been the protection of human life in all its stages. This opportunity to unite, putting aside our differences, must not go unnoticed and is in accord with Pope Francis' prayer intention this month: 

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What to do when nothing "happens" during prayer

What to do when nothing "happens" during prayer

We all know the scenario. After stepping into a church or kneeling beside our bed at home, we feel nothing. We may have the good intention of starting to pray every day for 30 minutes and then when the time comes to pray we feel discouraged because, well, nothing happens!

When presented with this silence we might ask ourselves, "Am I doing something wrong?" Or if we are feeling a bit down and at a loss we might question everything, saying, "Is God even there?"

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Prayer is a battlefield of the heart - here is the armor

Prayer is a battlefield of the heart - here is the armor

St. Paul exhorts the Thessalonians to “Pray without ceasing” and in context he does so shortly after reminding them, “But let us, who are of the day, be sober, having on the breastplate of faith and charity, and for a helmet the hope of salvation” (1 Thessalonians 5: 17, 8). Unceasing prayer for Saint Paul is not only a pathway to eternal communion with God, but it is also a strong defense against the many temptations that come from the world, flesh and the devil, who “as a roaring lion, goes about seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8). In other words, developing a daily prayer schedule (along with practicing faith, hope and charity) where you intentionally set aside times to "pray without ceasing," has the power to defend your interior life from the numerous traps that are set and are aimed at preventing you from achieving a deep and abiding relationship with God. 

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Looking for a New Year's Resolution? Try this one...

Looking for a New Year's Resolution? Try this one...

Each year around Christmas time we look forward to the New Year in hopeful expectation. What will happen in 2017? Will it be better than 2016? Often we decide to take on a new "resolution" to correct an area of our lives that needs some work. It could be eating better, exercising more or simply spending more time with family.

One area that is always in need of growth is the spiritual life, but we often forget about it. So why not consider revamping that aspect of your life in the New Year?

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Looking for daily inspiration? Check this out.

Looking for daily inspiration? Check this out.

Often in the spiritual life we need a little guidance. We set aside time every day to pray, but we simply don't know where to begin. Or we may have read all the spiritual books on our shelves and are out of ideas for what to read next for daily inspiration. Look no further. If you are interested in short digestible readings that feed the soul every day of the year, you have come to the right place. 

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Pope Francis urges families to say three things: sorry, excuse me, thank you

Pope Francis urges families to say three things: sorry, excuse me, thank you

A few years ago Pope Francis gave some great advice to families that is perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday. He said in a homily, "If families can say these three things, they will be fine. ‘Sorry,’ ‘excuse me,’ ‘thank you.’ How often do we say ‘thank you’ in our families? How often do we say ‘thank you’ to those who help us, those close to us, those at our side throughout life? All too often we take everything for granted!" 

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How to Find Interior Peace When the World is in Turmoil

How to Find Interior Peace When the World is in Turmoil

Is your heart restless? Do you struggle with prayers not being answered? Are you worried about what is happening in the world? Do you need more peace in your life? If you are interested in finding peace in your soul and relieving the anxiety you feel in your heart, I highly recommend Father Jacques Philippe's book, Searching for and Maintaining Peace: A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart

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Did Jesus Condemn Formula Prayers Like the Rosary?

Did Jesus Condemn Formula Prayers Like the Rosary?

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?"

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Why We Need To Pray For Journalists

Why We Need To Pray For Journalists

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. 

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A Heart Open to the World: Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

A Heart Open to the World: Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

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.

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Is God Distracting Us During Prayer?

Is God Distracting Us During Prayer?

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.

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