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Which Rosary Should I Pray?

February 8, 2016 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mary, Prayer, Rosary

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Which Rosary Should I Pray? Dear Father John, In reading of the various spiritual traditions within the Church: i.e., Carmelite, Servite, Franciscan, etc., etc., it seems to me many of them have their own special rosaries that they pray. Would you kindly please explain these? And, when someone says “Pray the Rosary” which one do they mean? Is it OK, for example, to pray a Carmelite rosary instead... Read More

In the End My Immaculate Heart will Triumph

May 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Mary

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“In the End My Immaculate Heart will Triumph” “Hail, Holy Queen! Hail, our life our sweetness and our hope!” Mary is our hope. And the Church proclaims it every day at the end of every rosary and often at the end of the Church’s Night Prayer (or Compline). In our modern times, no other words draw our attention to this reality than the promise Our Immaculate Mother made to the world... Read More

Fatima, Mary and the Moslems

May 16, 2015 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Mary, Rosary

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Fatima, Mary and the Moslems In our last reflection, we looked at the supernatural significance of the year 1917 as a year of two competing revolutions: one against God and the other restoring all things in God through His Mother – as the unprecedented Marian age since 1830 has undoubtedly confirmed. We looked briefly at how atheistic Communism is at the heart of the world’s evils as it completely... Read More

1917

May 9, 2015 by  
Filed under Dr. Peter Howard, Mary, Mary, Prayer, Rosary

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 1917 1917 What do Russia, the rise of Communism, the fall of Communism, Islam and Catholicism share in common? Fatima, 1917. We will unpack these connections over the next few blog posts as we reflect on the revolutionary message of Fatima. When we look at the complex web of world events today, it can be too easy to get caught up in daily news reports that tirelessly remind us we are living in one... Read More

Rosary on the Headboard — Poetry from Donna Sue Berry

October 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Donna Sue Berry, Poetry, Prayer, Rosary

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Rosary on the Headboard I stumbled through my daily grind Right up until midnight, Then fell in bed without my prayers; I knew it wasn’t right. So tired I was, almost asleep, But thoughts kept waking me, To rise and pray a rosary Upon my bended knees. But my rosary beads were knotted Around my headboard rail, And tired attempts to pull them down Ended to no avail. Our Lady knows how tired I am, Was... Read More

Distractions during Prayer

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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... Read More

Discerning Private Revelations (Part II of II)

September 2, 2013 by  
Filed under Discernment, Fr. Bartunek, Private Revelation

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…a reader asks: My question is about claims of locutions and messages on various websites. It seems to me they’re threatening readers that, unless Pope Francis proclaims “the 5th Marian Dogma” very soon, the world faces social destruction and nuclear war. I feel fearfully pressured to spend all my time in prayer as the time draws near. I’ve spoken to other priests and... Read More

Discerning Private Revelations (Part I of II)

August 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Discernment, Fr. Bartunek, Private Revelation

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My question is about claims of locutions and messages on various websites. It seems to me they’re threatening readers that, unless Pope Francis proclaims “the 5th Marian Dogma” very soon, the world faces social destruction and nuclear war. I feel fearfully pressured to spend all my time in prayer as the time draws near. I’ve spoken to other priests and laity about this. I need... Read More

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