Tagged: prayer

Prayer Is a Prerequisite for Holiness

In the United States, a pervasive intellectualism continues its stranglehold on Catholics, thwarting our flourishing. Again and again, we hear the need for  “doctrinal clarity,” or about how Pope Francis is “confusing.” Many seem to believe that being clear-minded and...

Prayer Is a Prerequisite for Holiness

Prayers for the Holy Father’s recovery

An update to our previous post: Matteo Bruni, Vatican spokesperson, indicated that Pope Francis is in “good general condition, alert and breathing spontaneously” after a successful surgery and is expected remain in the hospital for several days for recovery and...

Prayers for the Holy Father’s recovery

The Liberating and Ever-New Path of Jesus

In this morning’s General Audience address, Pope Francis began a new catechesis series on St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians. In just a few words, he returned to some familiar themes: inculturation of the Gospel, trust, discernment, prayer, and rigidity....

The Liberating and Ever-New Path of Jesus

Prayer Is the “Breath of Faith”

Faith is the miraculous gift of God. In faith, we are reborn. Through faith, we are sustained by God’s grace. But how do we nurture faith?  In a recent Wednesday catechesis, Pope Francis said, “We grow in faith inasmuch as...

Prayer Is the “Breath of Faith”

Sometimes our prayers seem to go unheard

During his Wednesday Audience this week, as a part of his ongoing catechesis on prayer, Pope Francis confronted one of the most difficult questions that face Christians: “if God is Father, why does He not listen to us? He who...

Sometimes our prayers seem to go unheard

Being angry with God is a way to pray too

I found comfort in this. From today’s general audience… Pope Francis discusses what we must do when we find it difficult to pray. One must learn to go forward always. True progress in the spiritual life does not consist in...

Being angry with God is a way to pray too

Get your May 2021 Printable Rosary Guides!

Once again, the Holy Father has requested that the faithful join him in praying a daily Rosary through the month of May—a “marathon” of prayer for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic. For your convenience, I have once again put...

Get your May 2021 Printable Rosary Guides!

Happy Easter from WPI!

Easter Prayer of Pope St. Gregory (540-604 AD) It is only right, with all the powers of our heart and mind, to praise You Father and Your Only-Begotten Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Dear Father, by Your wondrous condescension of...

Happy Easter from WPI!

Sleeping St. Joseph and the Sacred Siesta

St. Joseph’s many titles make one thing clear about his saintly role: it sounds exhausting. It also sort of sounds like our modern, busy lives, doesn’t it? Thus a devotion to the Sleeping St. Joseph, recently popularized by Pope Francis,...

Sleeping St. Joseph and the Sacred Siesta

Learning to Pray with Fr. James Martin

Pope Francis said recently that prayer is “an art to be practiced with insistence.” Similarly, Francis once tweeted, “Praying is not like using a magic wand. Prayer requires commitment, constancy and determination.” Prayer takes practice! But like any art, someone...

Learning to Pray with Fr. James Martin

Returning to the Lord with our whole heart

Dad had always wished to be buried in his ancestral grave. His great-grandparents and his parents are buried there. When he passed away in January 2019, he was buried in the parish cemetery for many reasons. The graves at the...

Returning to the Lord with our whole heart