Prayer and Mental Illness

Mental illness and related issues might come up in the lives of broken families and families in crisis, so it seems helpful to talk about prayer and mental illness. How should somebody suffering from mental illness approach prayer? First it might be helpful to remember that mental illness is suffering, so we might start byContinue reading “Prayer and Mental Illness”

Marian Devotion as an Opportunity to Love

As we approach the Assumption, it seems helpful to turn our attention to Mary. Marian devotion – devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary – encompasses such a wide range of things. We might wonder how many Marian apparitions there are – Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal…Continue reading “Marian Devotion as an Opportunity to Love”

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and the Brown Scapular

While it is still July, it seems to be a good idea to reflect on the feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel that just passed and the importance of the Brown Scapular. The Brown Scapular is associated with the Carmelite Order and the discalced Carmelites. It is the habit of the Carmelites – somethingContinue reading “Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and the Brown Scapular”

The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary

It seems like it might be a good idea to draw people’s attention to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Particularly for broken families, it might be important to focus on the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. For instance it might help them to focus on the love ofContinue reading “The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary”

Our Lady of Lourdes, Suffering, and Marian Devotion

Last week in both the New and Old Calendar, the feast day dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes was observed. Our Lady of Lourdes is an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary that occurred in the 19th century. In Lourdes, France, St. Bernadette saw the Blessed Virgin, and water emerged from the ground that isContinue reading “Our Lady of Lourdes, Suffering, and Marian Devotion”

Candlemas and Prayer

First of all, happy Candlemas! Candlemas has traditionally been the final day of the Christmas Season although today there are differences between Calendars in the Catholic Church. In the Old Calendar, it is the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary while, in the New Calendar, it is the Presentation. In both theContinue reading “Candlemas and Prayer”

Meditation on the Passion

If we read the lives of the Saints, we might notice that meditation on the Passion keeps emerging as a prominent theme. In addition we might notice that the Saints have a tendency to exhibit joy in the midst of suffering. How can we too exhibit that joy? Meditating on the Passion might help us.Continue reading “Meditation on the Passion”

The Incarnation, the Eucharist, and the Passion

While the Christmas season is still going on, I would like to draw your attention to some topics for mental prayer that might be particularly helpful when meditated on together – the Incarnation, the Eucharist, and the Passion. What can be gained from meditating on these three topics together? There can be an emphasis onContinue reading “The Incarnation, the Eucharist, and the Passion”

Advent and Prayer

As we near the end of Advent, it seems like a good idea to look into how to tailor our prayer for Advent to prepare for Christmas as well as we can. Focus on the Blessed Virgin Mary could help a great deal. We could pray the Rosary and meditate on passages of Scripture aboutContinue reading “Advent and Prayer”

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