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How to Pray like Jesus

September 30, 2013 by  
Filed under God's Will, Patti Armstrong, Prayer

How to Pray Like Jesus Monsignor Thomas Richter, who was the vocations director of the Diocese of Bismark for eleven years, became the pastor at Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Bismarck, ND in 2012 and is Chaplain of the Catholic Physicians Guild for the Diocese of Bismark, North Dakota, gave a talk once where he explained that praying like Jesus requires one thing: to desire for God to have his way in your life. As the vocation... Read More

What Makes a Saint?

September 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Holiness

Dear Father John, why does becoming a saint seem to make us less human? I don't mean “less human” in that we cannot observe beauty, drink wine, listen to DeBussy, cry tears of joy or make love. What I mean is that if you take Mother Teresa as an example or even Pope Francis, it seems that it’s in the denial of their human needs (or in putting the needs of others first) that they are more Christ-like and more aligned with... Read More

The Rosary – Mary’s School (Part II of II)

September 27, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Mary, Rosary

In our previous post, we looked at what the Rosary is and what it does. In this post, we’ll look at the Hail Mary, the principal prayer of the Rosary, and what Mary teaches us through the Rosary. Catholics don’t worship the Blessed Virgin Mary, and anyone who says that we do is simply mistaken. You will not find a single line in any official Church document that uses the word “worship” in association with devotion to Mary.... Read More

Is the Devil the Beast in the Book of Revelation?

September 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Demonology, Fr. Fortea

The Beast in the Book of Revelation Father Fortea, is the devil the beast in the book of Revelation? No. The book of Revelation clearly distinguishes between the three key figures who will arise in opposition to Christ and the Church at the end of time: the Antichrist, the beast, and the dragon (or serpent). Whereas the Antichrist is a man, the beast is a political power that brings war to the earth. It is the dragon who is identified... Read More

“The Better Part” Now in Spanish!

September 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, La Mejor Parte, Liz Estler, The Better Part

 “The Better Part” now in Spanish! “La Mejor Parte” libro del Padre Bartunek, se puede conseguir ahora ¡en español!  Ud. puede leer la descripción como se detalla a continuación. Father Bartunek’s book is a Christ-centered resource for daily meditation. Contained therein is a Bible study on the Gospel of St. John, a survey of saints’ writings, a prayer guide and a fresh introduction to Jesus all in one book.... Read More

Why I Go on Pilgrimage (and Why You Should, Too!)

September 24, 2013 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Pilgrimage

For me, pilgrimage has always meant coming home to a place where I am loved. You know that feeling of security you get with family, knowing that even though they know all your crazy quirks, they love you anyway? That’s pilgrimage. Finding refuge in a chapel, away from life’s insecurities. Seeking understanding and familiarity in a foreign country, where I don’t speak the language. Resting in a haven of peace and tranquility... Read More

The Pride of the Church (Part I of II)

September 24, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

The Pride of the Church (Part I of II) The Secret Diary of Elisabeth Leseur (Week 9 of 12) Apart from personal pride, we have the pride of faith, the most perfidious of all. We complacently scorn those of different belief and think ourselves hardly obliged to extend our charity to them. We consider that Jews, Protestants, or atheists are hardly our brothers in the true sense of that word, brothers who are deeply loved, who deserve... Read More

Distractions during Prayer

September 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Carmelite Spirituality, Difficulties, Prayer, Sr. Laudis

Distractions during Prayer I have a hard time dealing with the silence that prayer requires. My mind never stops racing every time I sit down to pray. I heard somewhere that St. Teresa of Avila had the same problem. Do you know how she overcame it? Is it possible to overcome this problem? I am very frustrated but still committed. Christ has given everything for me and I won’t give up. Even so, I am struggling. Someone once said... Read More

Is God’s Love Unconditional? (Part II of II)

September 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, God's Love

…A reader asks: Dear Father John, since I have been very exposed to the modern self-help movement that tells us God’s love or Christ’s love is unconditional, how do we explain judgment of others?  If he loves us all equally, why do we need to pray, be virtuous or even religious? If we are all flawed humans (some worse than others ) and we are told to love ourselves regardless, what could possibly be the motivation for... Read More

The Rosary – Mary’s School (Part I of II)

September 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Mary, Rosary

The Rosary – Mary's School (Part I of II) October is traditionally the month of the Rosary. As we get ready to observe that month, I’d like to reflect on a great Catholic tradition that I believe is one of the best ways to practice meditation and to progress in contemplative prayer: the Rosary. Catholics, and others, pray the Rosary to contemplate more deeply the mysteries of Christ’s life. Obviously, the Rosary is a... Read More

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