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, […]
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.
Pope Pius VI named John Carroll the first bishop of the United States of America in 1789. His cousin, Charles Carroll, was one of America’s Founding Fathers and the only Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence. Archbishop Carroll wrote the following prayer for our newly formed government on November 10, 1791, to be recited in parishes throughout his diocese.
My youngest child is six and my oldest is twenty-six. By virtue of my vocation (or maybe just my particular kids) I have spent a lot of time on my knees. I’ve also learned a lot over the years about the things that uplift me spiritually—and the things that don’t. I offer here five tips.
Besides lighting candles and adding pictures of our favorite saints to our home altar, here are some ideas of spiritual presents you may offer to the saints. In this way, we don’t just ask them for favors, but we also venerate them because we admire them and appreciate their examples as loyal disciples of Christ. So, if you want to express gratitude for favors granted, or if you are about to ask a saint for their intercession, here are eight ways to venerate them.