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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
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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
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Christ Is Our Peace

“Christ is our peace,” says St. Paul in his Letter to the Ephesians (2:14), but peace eludes us. Our quest to uproot injustice inevitably reveals more deep-seated injustices even while new ones continue to crop up. The problem is sin....

Christ Is Our Peace
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“No One Chooses to Be a Priest”

Today, December 13, 2020, marks the 51st anniversary of Pope Francis’s ordination to the priesthood in Buenos Aires. He has often reflected on priestly ministry and vocation, and his reflections reveal a life of prayer and closeness to Jesus which...

“No One Chooses to Be a Priest”
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Mary shows us how God takes the reins

Mary did not autonomously conduct her life: she waits for God to take the reins of her path and guide her where He wants. She is docile, and with her availability she prepares the grand events in which God takes...

Mary shows us how God takes the reins
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The stories of the survivors

These have been a heavy few days for Catholics. Journalists and commentators are working to review the McCarrick report and decipher who is accountable, who has been lying, and who has manipulated the scandal to their own advantage. I want...

The stories of the survivors

An Appeal to Pray a 54-Day Rosary Novena

One of our favorite WPI readers, who comments on our site under the name “Love God 🙂” has suggested that we initiate a 54-day Rosary Novena for our Church and Pope Francis. Sorry for the very short notice, but one...

An Appeal to Pray a 54-Day Rosary Novena

In the Desert God Restores Our Lives

“Behold the desert, place of life not of death, because to converse with the Lord in silence restores life to us.”  Pope Francis, Ash Wednesday General Audience (Source: Zenit) In his weekly audience for Ash Wednesday this year, Pope Francis returned...

In the Desert God Restores Our Lives

Dreams and Grace

Reading through Christus vivit recently, I found a section labeled “Dreams and visions” (§§192-197), a six-paragraph-long exegesis of Joel 3:1: “I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young...

Dreams and Grace

Are You Called to Social Media?

Bishop Robert Barron has a wonderfully fresh perspective on social media and its use. See here and here. He criticizes the technology sharply, but he also embraces its more positive characteristics, even to the point of celebrating it as a...

Are You Called to Social Media?

Holiness isn’t about trying harder

I’ve noticed that “growing in holiness” is usually presented by popular Catholic media as something like “We just gotta pray more and try harder, then the Lord will make us holier.” As if becoming holy will take a lot of...

Holiness isn’t about trying harder