The Cross, Our Lady of Sorrows, and Suffering

For people in broken families and families in crisis, suffering might have heart-wrenching familiarity, but Catholicism offers help for people who suffer. Rather than walking away from prayer, we can view suffering as an opportunity for prayer, as well as an opportunity to be united with Christ in His Passion through our suffering. When weContinue reading “The Cross, Our Lady of Sorrows, and Suffering”

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”

New Lay Apostolate – Holy Family Prayer

Today on the Feast of St. Monica in the Year of St. Joseph, I am starting a new individual lay apostolate called Holy Family Prayer. This lay apostolate’s mission is helping with prayer in the context of marriage and the family, and it will be under the patronage of the Holy Family, St. Teresa ofContinue reading “New Lay Apostolate – Holy Family Prayer”

Prayer and the Arts

From my experience, I have noticed that the arts have the potential to serve as excellent preparation for prayer. When I was a child and adolescent, I embraced the arts – visual art, music, and writing included, and I have found that my engagement in the arts served as excellent preparation for embracing prayer asContinue reading “Prayer and the Arts”

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”

Prayer and the Latin Mass

On the first time that somebody attends a Low Mass, that person might be struck by the amount of silence that surrounds him. On the other hand during the first time that a person attends a High Mass, he might be surprised by the amount of Gregorian chant or sacred polyphony, feeling deeply moved byContinue reading “Prayer and the Latin Mass”

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”

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