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Pray, Talk, Do

In her book, Rebuilding a Marriage Better then New, Cindy Beall notes there are three things husbands and wives need to do together build a healthy marriage: pray, talk, and do. Pray Many Catholic couples find it difficult to pray together.  For many prayer means reciting rote prayers such as the Our Father or the rosary.  Outside of grace be...

01 04 2020

A Wedding Homily: “Pray Your Rosary”

There is a popular song by a man named Matt Stell that opens with these words: Never been the kind to ask for help. If a mountain needs moving, I move it myself. I’m far from a preacher, But I’m a believer. And every single day I prayed for you. I didn’t know your name, I couldn’t see your face, But I prayed for you. It’s hard to...

09 08 2019

Running and My Inner Grotto to Hear God’s Voice

It is awe-inspiring how God, the great physician, reaches us precisely at the time and in the way that we most intimately need and understand. Seven years ago, when I first started casually jogging, I would have never imagined that I would now be training for my first 100-mile ultra-marathon this November nor could I have seen the central role the ...

08 11 2019

Our Circle of Support: The Saints

As I was praying about my patron saints recently, the following image came to my mind, about the order of our prayer and the help that God has given us to reach Him: all the saints are centered on God and they seek to pull us into that center through their prayers and support. The heart of our prayer centers on God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. T...

11 24 2018

How Are You Bringing Worth to Others? The Gift of Self

One of the benefits of enjoying a Christian life, is the contemplation prayer brings. It is critical to set aside time for daily reflection and prayer and bring clarity to our purpose in this life – to glorify God in all we do. Our actions need to be designed to express our love for Jesus Christ and to spread that love to others through evange...

07 25 2018

Five Ways to Pray Like Jesus

In the Gospels of Matthew and Luke Jesus teaches us The Lord’s Prayer. (Matt 6:9-15; Luke 11:1-4) The words Jesus gave us are universally accepted by Christians as the perfect prayer, but if we read Matthew closely, we discover more about not only the words that Jesus taught us, but also howhe prayed. In particular, we look at how Jesus prayed be...

06 05 2018

There’s a War. Avoid Thucydides’s Trap

I enjoy history, and I am finding Graham Allison’s book, Destined For War, to be a decent read. The book presents a look into the power struggles between established and rising world powers from present day back to the Peloponnesian War. Allison focuses on these confrontations through consideration of Thucydides’s Trap, which is waiting to ensn...

05 14 2018

Thoughts and Prayers: Power Tools in the Hands of Skilled Craftsmen

“...Simon, Simon, behold Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed that your own faith may not fail; and once you have turned back, you must strengthen your brothers” (Lk 22: 31-32). Christians have an especially significant means of communication, a vehicle for societal change and a methodology for transformation s...

04 27 2018

Deep Prayers, Shallow Repetitions, and the Rosary

Catholics are regularly challenged on the practice of saying the Rosary. The scriptural quote used as an argument against this practice is most often Matthew 6:7 which reads, “In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words”. It’s worth noting that in other versions of the Bible, the wo...

04 21 2018

Don’t Just Give Things Up, Give Them Away

The "three pillars" of Lent have a beautiful logic to them.  The first pillar is prayer because prayer unites us to God and prepares us to receive Him.  The second is fasting, which is a conscious denial to the flesh, disciplining the appetites and joining us more to Christ.  It has the added benefit of uniting us in shared suffering, which ...

03 07 2018

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