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”

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”

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