St. Therese of Lisieux, the ever-popular and loved patron saint, affectionately known as “The Little Flower”, has her feast day on October 1st. Catholics the world over devoted to this great saint of The Little Way begin a novena asking for her intercession for their special intention on September 22nd (to end on the eve of her feast).
Sitting in that church, following along and participating in the Mass, I was struck by the fact that although he was a stranger, I am tied to this man as a member of the Body of Christ. Therefore it is my duty as a Christian to pray for him, just as I hope that someone else would pray for me.
I realized what a testimony a funeral is to our faith as Catholics. It is a “coming full circle.”
This beautiful prayer was recited by the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI at Ground Zero on his apostolic visit to New York on April 20, 2008.
The end of August ushers in the beginning of the school year for many, and we are reminded to pray for our children and for their studies throughout the upcoming year. As a mother with two in college, one in high school, and three more being taught at home, I have much to pray for, including myself and all their teachers.
Patience is something I pray for constantly. And it’s one of the things I mention in the confessional just as often. I have this vision in my head of what patience is supposed to look like: a mother with a soft expression, gently speaking to her child who has just done something wrong; calmly reprimanding the child who, in turn, is obediently sorrowful.
Whether we ourselves are athletes or not, most of us recognize what it takes to compete in the Olympic Games. There is a universal understanding that athletes in the Olympics have worked hard to get there. As we watch the games, we will witness these athletes struggle against pain, face adversity, and push through mental obstacles. We acknowledge that even if they do not win an actual medal, in a sense they have won, by virtue of the incredible hard work and tremendous effort that brought them to the Games.
Did you know that creating a space for prayer at home will encourage you to pray more? Here’s a simple way to take this idea outdoors! Creating such a space for your home can be a great place for your and your family members to escape on a “mini-retreat” to spend a few quiet moments of prayer, spiritual reading, or journaling. Being outside in nature helps you to more easily lift your heart and mind to God. Nature is designed that way!
Understanding the temperaments is important is because your temperament has a crucial place in your spiritual life. It can greatly affect your growth as you seek to draw closer to the Heart of Christ. This kind of self-knowledge will help you to know where your strengths are as well as your weaknesses; it gives you more accurate self-knowledge.
St. Benedict of Nursia was an incredibly important saint for the Church, most notably because of the organization he brought to monastic life in its early centuries. The many accounts of Saint Benedict triumphing over traps the Devil set for him is how the symbols on the St. Benedict medal became propagated as a form of protection against, and exorcism of, evil.
Can we really pray unceasingly? If we understand prayer as many of the saints did—as something to constantly aspire to—then yes, I think we can. We usually only think of prayer as being formal and structured. Yet Mother Teresa said that “Listening is the beginning of prayer.” A quiet heart that allows the mind to think of God is, in itself, a prayer. Prayer doesn’t only have to be formal. We can just talk to God. He loves it when we speak to Him about our daily cares and concerns in a spontaneous manner.