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How can I better praise God?

March 28, 2011 by  
Filed under Adoration, Dan Burke, Meditation, Mental Prayer, Praise, Prayer

Dear Dan, Can you give any help on how to learn to praise God? I enjoy going to Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and would really like to learn how to praise Him. I don't feel my words are adequately expressing the praise I really would like to give. Thanksgiving is easier, but I would be grateful for some advice on the praise side. Dear Friend, thank you for asking. This is a very touching question… a beautiful expression... Read More

Penance after Reconciliation: Implications of not fulfilling it!

Dear Father Edward, a couple of months ago, I went to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. After I confessed my sins the priest asked me whether I could say the Angelus for my penance. He also asked me if I knew the Angelus. I very hesitatingly affirmed, thinking that if I concentrated enough (I had not said the Angelus in a long time), the words would come. However, on returning to the pew and put myself to the test, I could... Read More

The beauty of your soul…

A Matter of Life and Death: What Meditation is! From St Teresa of Avila

“…the soul of the just person is nothing else but a paradise where the Lord says he finds his delight. So then, what do you think that abode will be like where a King so powerful, so wise, so pure, so full of all good things takes his delight? I don't find anything comparable to the magnificent beauty of a soul and its marvelous capacity. Indeed, our intellects, however keen, can hardly comprehend it, just as they cannot... Read More

Mortification & Lent: What is mortification?

March 21, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Lent, Mortification

Dear Father John, what is mortification and how does it relate to Lent? What does Saint Paul mean in 1 Corinthians 9 where he says, “I pummel my body and subdue it…” Is he talking about “mortification”? The root word for “mortification” comes from the Latin, mors and mortis, and it translates as “death.” In the spiritual life, therefore, mortification refers to voluntary actions by which we... Read More

His Grace for My Sin – A Prayer of St Augustine

March 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Lent, Prayer, Prayers of Saints, Seasonal Meditations

His Grace for My Sin – A Prayer of St Augustine “What fault committed by man has not been expiated by the Son of God made man? What pride can be so immeasurably inflated, that it could not be brought down by such humility? Truly, O my God, if we were to weigh both the offenses committed by sinners, and the grace of God the Redeemer, we would find that the difference equaled not only the distance between east and west,... Read More

Jimmy Akin’s Interesting Guide to Lent

March 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Lent

Jimmy Akin's Interesting Guide to Lent “Annual Lent Fight Update!” by Jimmy Akin Wednesday, March 09, 2011 12:34 AM Comments (3) (Published by permission from the National Catholic Register  In the years I have been maintaining my personal blog (www.jimmyakin.org), I have uploaded something over 4700 posts (according to current statistics). This makes it a bit hard to remember everything I’ve put up. Fortunately,... Read More

The Power of the Blood…

March 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Lent

If we wish to understand the power of Christ’s blood, we should go back to the ancient account of its prefiguration in Egypt. “Sacrifice a lamb without blemish”, commanded Moses, “and sprinkle its blood on your doors”. If we were to ask him what he meant, and how the blood of an irrational beast could possibly save men endowed with reason, his answer would be that the saving power lies not in the blood itself, but in... Read More

Another version of Acts of Faith, Hope and Love

March 7, 2011 by  
Filed under Charity, Dan Burke, Faith, Hope, Prayers

Another Version of Acts of Faith, Hope and Love* ACT OF FAITH: O my God, I firmly believe that Thou art one God in three Divine Persons, Father, Son and Holy Ghost; I believe that Thy Divine Son became man, and died for our sins, and that He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches, because Thou hast revealed them, who canst neither deceive or be deceived. ACT... Read More

Is it selfish to spend time on a hobby instead of praying?

March 3, 2011 by  
Filed under Anonymous

Does living a God centered life mean that you do nothing other than pray? Or can you have a hobby? Could it be God centered if you offer whatever your hobby is to God? How do you know when you are overdoing something or another? I know it sounds like an odd question, but the problem I am trying to figure out is if my hobby (which is writing) is glorifying God, or if I am simply being selfish and should do something else with my... Read More

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