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”

Mental Prayer and Carmelite Spirituality

On this feast day of St. John of the Cross, it seems like a good idea to talk about mental prayer and Carmelite spirituality. Even if a person is not a Carmelite, learning about Carmelite spirituality can be helpful for learning how to pray in general. What are some resources for learning about Carmelite spirituality?Continue reading “Mental Prayer and Carmelite Spirituality”

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