Dwelling on the mysteries of the rosary is a powerful way for the Spirit to penetrate beyond the surface of our lives and lift us up to heaven.
What do you suppose would happen if someone were to mention the title of your favorite song? Wouldn’t you, almost unconsciously, begin hearing the tune in your mind? Maybe you’d even start tapping your toes to the rhythm and humming along with the music. Continue »
Knowing the Gospels Better Opens the Way to Prayer
Years ago I was privileged to be part of an excavation team working on a site in Israel along the coast of the Sea of Galilee. Continue »
Life on this earth has always been stressful. Threats to our survival and well-being, whether from the natural world or from what we may perceive as dangerous, have been part of every age. Continue »
Do You Find It Hard to Pray? Here’s Some Practical Advice . . .
Prayer is not a last resort. It’s not what we do after we read the self-help books, after we go to the specialists, or after we surf the Internet. Prayer is our lifeline to God. Continue »
Authentic Faith Looks Forward to Having a Glorified Body
We pronounce, declare, and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory. —Pope Pius XII, "Munificentissimus Deus", 44 Continue »
We’re Invited to Join Jesus in His Secret Place of Prayer
And in the morning, a great while before day, he rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed. (Mark 1:35) Continue »
Jesus’ breath is the eternal breath of God! Could anything more wonderful be imagined?
At the age of five, my grandnephew Charlie was already a seasoned cowboy. But even seasoned cowboys can sometimes get thrown from a horse, especially if the rider is caught off balance when the horse “spooks”—cowboy language for a sudden rearing or sideward lunge when something scares the horse. Continue »
On the feast of the Ascension, we are called to rejoice both in Jesus’ victory over sin and death and in the glorious life that he has secured for us. We pray that we would experience the new life that is ours in Christ. Continue »
God looks at us lovingly, searching for room in our hearts. Knowing this, how can we not turn our attention to God?
In the measure you desire Him, you will find Him. He so esteems our turning to look at Him. —St. Teresa of Avila, "The Way of Perfection", 26.3 Continue »
Today the risen One enters our homes and our hearts, even when, at times, the doors are closed.
I would like to demonstrate the transformation that the Pasch of Jesus worked in his disciples. Let us start with the evening of the day of the resurrection. Continue »
When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go and anoint him. Very early when the sun had risen, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb. Continue »
King David’s prayer of repentance offers us a key to knowing the merciful touch of Jesus.
The atmosphere in Jerusalem was charged with scandal. David’s adulterous relationship with Bathsheba resulted in an unexpected pregnancy. Continue »
1. Get the lay of the liturgical land. In other words, get to know your Catholic family home that is your parish. Continue »
The ancient Hebrew psalms become more meaningful to us as we interpret them in light of the revelation of the new covenant.
Our Jewish forefathers gave expression to their faith in God through the psalms and were gripped by a profound awareness of what it means to stand as mere creatures before the presence of God. Continue »