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”

Fundraiser

Hello all, I hope that you are well! I have started a fundraiser to support the work that I have been doing regarding prayer in the context of marriage and the family. Please see the link for more information about it. Helping with prayer in this context might be important for the future of theContinue reading “Fundraiser”

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”

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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