Prayer is not easy, and neither is coming to understand when and how God may be answering our prayers. Here are my two big pieces advice for learning how to listen to God’s answer to our prayers.
Because it is a penitential season of self-denial, many people view Lent as a time of forced depression. So, it is good to be reminded that, “While Lent is a solemn season, it is not a somber one. The forty days are not structured to foster morbid gloominess and debilitating self-loathing; they are meant to thrust us into the heart of divine love.”
There’s a simple prayer method attributed to Pope Francis while he was Archbishop of Argentina. It’s a simple yet helpful prayer method not only great for teaching kids how to pray, but it’s good for adults too as a reminder to “cover all our bases” with intercessory prayer for those around us.
January 27, 1945 is a day etched in history. On this day the Russian army liberated the Nazis’ largest and infamously cruel concentration camp located in south-western Poland–Auschwitz. It is estimated that at minimum 1.3 million people were deported to Auschwitz between 1940 and 1945; of these, at least 1.1 million were murdered.
Among those who were killed at Auschwitz are two Catholic saints, St. Maximilian Marie Kolbe and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein).
God our Father, Giver of life, we entrust the United States of America to Your loving care. You are the rock on which this nation was founded. You alone are the true source of our cherished rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
There are many beautiful and ancient traditions that come to us from the East in the form of special blessings that the Church performs on Epiphany: the blessing of water, chalk, and homes.
A litany to the Infant Jesus that offers a beautiful meditation, especially during the seasons of Advent and Christmas. Pray with a group (responses in gray) or alone. This litany is a reminder that this Divine Child we worship is truly God who has come to us in the flesh.
Dear Lord, As we prepare for Your coming, let us reflect on the journey Your earthly parents took. They were tired and alone, yet there was no room for them at the inn. There was no one to lend a helping hand. Lord, help us to recognize those who may need our help or love […]
“Almighty, eternal, just and merciful God, give us miserable ones the grace to do for You alone what we know you want us to do and always to desire what pleases You. Inwardly cleansed, interiorly enlightened and inflamed by the fire of the Holy Spirit, may we be able to follow in the footsteps of Your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and by Your grace alone, may we make our way to You, Most High, Who live and rule in perfect Trinity and simple Unity, and are glorified God almighty, forever and ever. Amen.”
During the final days of Advent, the anticipation increases as the birth of the Savior draws nearer and nearer. In the final eight days before Christmas, this anticipation is marked by something special that happens in the prayers of the Liturgy of the Hours.