Breaking Down the Barriers to Prayer

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The heart hardens with a kind of moral crust that excludes compassion for others and prevents communication with others, especially God. Habits of sin, especially the seven deadly sins, keep us focused on our own pleasure, honor, and … [Read more...]

Prayer as Turning Point Toward Christ

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The good news is that even though we sin, God loves us and wants us to return to him. With God’s grace, bad habits can be unlearned. Ecclesia semper reformanda: The Church forever in need of reform. Because we are the Church, we are … [Read more...]

The Latest Book Reviews

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Early Fall Reading For September 2013 Reviews for the following books: SPOUSAL PRAYER: A Way to Marital Happiness. by Deacon Jim Keating, Ph.D., (Institute for Priestly Formation,Omaha, NE ) 54 pp. PB $6.95; and THE PARISH AS A SCHOOL … [Read more...]

Prayer as the Wellspring for Positive Transformation

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As long as we are faithful to prayer, we maintain a clarity of vision that promotes higher ideals and elevated standards of conduct.  ... The more we pray, the more its fruits nourish our daily lives. John Chrysostom once wrote: … [Read more...]

Spirituality for Widows

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In the New Testament, widows flourish in their ministry as they draw close to Christ and to Christ’s people. They are free to follow the Crucified One ... Concerning widows in the early Church ... some of them constituted the first form … [Read more...]

The Heavenly Attitudes

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The mystery of receiving God’s love is to fully experience ... the infinite love God has for each one of us, along with an equally experiential awareness of our uniqueness, and smallness.   St. Faustina and St. Catherine of Siena The … [Read more...]

Mystagogy in the Digital Age

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Mystagogy means to lead those, just initiated into the life of the Church, to an understanding of what it is they are now to become. Every Lent, the Church invites us to immerse ourselves in the three traditional practices of prayer, … [Read more...]

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