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”

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”

ICS Publications – On Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

This video by ICS Publications is an excellent introduction to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, the Brown Scapular, and Carmelite spirituality, and I highly recommend watching it.

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”

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”

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”

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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