Tagged: prayer

Are you living your baptism?

A reflection on the readings for Sunday, January 9, 2022 — The Baptism of the Lord Each week, I pray with the Sunday Scriptures when I begin to prepare my homily. I’m always amazed when the Holy Spirit surprises me...

Are you living your baptism?

Return to the Sources

Editor’s note: This is the seventh article in “Combat For Contemplative Life,” a series about the responses — inside and outside the cloister — to Pope Francis’s reforms for women religious in contemplative communities. Part one, by Mike Lewis, “A...

Return to the Sources

Prayers to Saint Joseph

After finishing his catechesis on St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians earlier this month, Pope Francis began a new catechesis on St Joseph, in honor of the Year of St. Joseph. In the last two weeks, Francis concluded his audience...

Prayers to Saint Joseph

There but for the grace of God go I

Early in my career, I worked in media research for one of the top advertising agencies in Chicago. Our team was tasked with evaluating the new network TV shows. One of the best parts of my job was attending the...

There but for the grace of God go I

The problem of image

A reflection on the readings for Sunday, November 7, 2021 — The Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time You cannot serve both God and mammon. Since the Scriptures were written, they have sought to warn the leaders of the flock about what is...

The problem of image

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