Meditative Prayer How to…

Take a few moments to become aware of God’s presence. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths, remembering that in this very moment you are under the gaze of God, who knows and loves you totally.   Bring to mind something that you will face in this upcoming week. It could be something that you’re excited, worried, or unsure about. It could be an event, a relationship, a problem, a task, or responsibility. It could be anything.   A reading from the Word of God, (Pick one, I picked this one):   “I regard everything as loss because… Continue Reading

When Crisis Hits, What to do?

Understand this: From the very Beginning God imprinted His Natural Law on the heart of (every) man. He also ordained physical laws for Nature to follow. He then appointed Man as steward of all Creation (i.e., Nature). Why? Because Man has an intellect and a (free) will, because Man can differentiate between good and evil, and because Man can choose to obey his Creator or disobey His Law. Nature, on the other hand, has neither intellect nor will. So, she takes her cue from (Wo)Man – her Divinely appointed steward. Thus, when Man rebelled against God in The Fall, so… Continue Reading

Mother Teresa on the Importance of Prayer

 A page from Mother Theresa: “I don’t think there is anyone who needs God’s help and grace as much as I do. Sometimes I feel so helpless and weak. I think that is why God uses me. Because I cannot depend on my own strength…   All of us must cling to God through prayer. My secret is very simple: I pray. Through prayer I become one in love with Christ. I realize that praying to Him is loving Him…   People are hungry for the Word of God that will give Peace, that will give Unity, that will give… Continue Reading

A Blessed Sorrow

Jesus said, “The wedding guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them…The days sill come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.”  Mt 9:15 “But in the midst of all this pain, there is a strange, shocking, yet very surprising voice.  It is the voice of the one who says, ‘Blessed are those who mourn, they shall be comforted.’  That’s the unexpected news; there is a blessing hidden in our frief.  Not those who comfort are blessed, but those who mourn!  Somehow, in the midst of our tears, a gift is… Continue Reading

Lord, Have Mercy – Meditations of Henri J. M. Nouwen

This Lent I want to share with you the writings of Henri J. M. Nouwen. He was one of the most innovative and influential spiritual writers of the past century. He wrote 39 books on the spiritual life that have sold millions of copies. I will be quoting from his books. ” Lord, have mercy…” That’s the prayer that keeps emerging from the depth of our being and breaking through the walls of our cynicism. Yes, we are hopeless sinners; everything is lost and nothing is left of our hopes and dreams. Still there is a voice: ” My grace… Continue Reading

Beginning the Spiritual Life

We are created by God and destined to share the life of love that flows between the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. But we don’t have to wait for death to find it, to live it.  Jesus said the Kingdom of God is HERE.  This present life is all about the eternal.  Even St. John of the Cross, Doctor of the Church tells us that union with God is possible here and now. He even describes what this experience can be: “The soul has become God through participation in God” (Living Flame of Love 2:34). The happiness of this divine intimacy is a gift that God already… Continue Reading

The Tradition of Praying the Psalms

For centuries the psalms have been a used to help souls request help from God.  They’ve been used to thank Him, praise Him, and to seek forgiveness.  Jesus Himself used one of the psalms when He called to his heavenly Father from the cross. (Matt 27:46).  The Church uses them everyday during the liturgy of the Mass and for the bulk of the Liturgy of the Hours (Divine Office). Meditating on the psalms can give us strength and fortitude when we are faced with the obstacles that meet us in our walk through this hostile world.    We can find… Continue Reading

Keeping a Mary Spirit Throughout a Martha Day

Keeping a Mary Spirit Throughout a Martha Day – 5 CD set Gleaned from 19 years as a Third Order Carmelite, this is a 3- Day retreat led by Donna at the Palisades Retreat Center in Federal Way, WA. This 5 disc set will help to explode your prayer life. The topics covered are: Disc 1: Desire, Rule of Life, Attachments, Goal of Love, Ora Et Labora, Morning Offering Disc 2: Bonus – A Vision of Heaven Disc 3: Method, Purity of Intention, Meditation, Liturgy of the Hours, Resolutions, Perseverance, Examination of Conscience Disc 4: Neglect of Prayer, Mass, Suffering, Temptations,… Continue Reading

Prayer, by reason of its nature

Prayer, by reason of its nature, is the converse and union of man with God, and by reason of its action upholds the world and brings about reconciliation with God; it is…   a bridge over temptations, a wall against afflictions, a crushing of conflicts, future gladness, boundless activity, the source of graces, invisible progress, food of the soul, the enlightening of the mind, an axe for despair, the annulling of sorrow, the reduction of anger, the mirror of progress, the realization of success, a proof of one’s spiritual condition, a revelation of the future, a sign of glory.  … Continue Reading

People to Pray for Your Intentions

Below are links to sites where you can request prayers from groups of clergy, religious and laity for your intentions. What you can do is draft one simple request, then copy and paste/post it to as many of these sites as you like. Whole groups of Christians praying for you constitutes the Church herself praying for you; what could be more powerful (except the euCHaRIST, of course)? _____________________ “And the prayer of faith shall save the sick man: and the Lord shall raise him up: and if he be in sins, they shall be forgiven him.Confess therefore your sins one… Continue Reading