Posts Tagged ‘prayer’

The Penitential Practices of Lent

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

The Lenten season is a time for getting our lives in order and turned in the right direction as together the Church makes the ascent up to Jerusalem and the Upper Room and Calvary and the empty tomb. It is a calling to conversion and preparation, including traditional penitential practices. For example, in addition to […] [Read more]

“Prayer: The Faith Prayed”

Saturday, September 17th, 2016

Who first taught you how to pray? For most, the answer is “my parents.” The earliest memory of prayer for many people is praying at meals or before going to bed. This was probably the experience of Jesus too, with prayer being the constant background of his life growing up with the premier models of […] [Read more]

Trust in Jesus, Trust in Prayer

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Communities around the world have been touched by violence over the past spring and summer. Here in our own country, one repercussion of this experience is a lack of confidence. Many people wonder if they can rely on their neighbors, our elected leaders, or those whose job it is to protect us and our communities. […] [Read more]

Mass at the Beach

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Now is the prime season for individuals and families to pack their bags and head out for a vacation, flying or driving to a place that is apart from the D.C. metropolitan area. For many, the preferred getaway is found on the beaches lining the eastern shore of the United States, but for others, the […] [Read more]

Ways to Pray: Fasting, Almsgiving and Service

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

As Catholics, we have built into our devotional lives certain periods of special prayer and practices such as fasting, almsgiving and service. It all begins, of course, with prayer, with our personal, active, living raising of heart and mind to God. But here we mean more than a quick formal prayer to start the day […] [Read more]

Growing Closer to God

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Once when I was traveling, a flight attendant shared with me her feeling that something was missing in her life, saying that she wished she had the sense of wholeness she knew when she was younger and attending Catholic school. It became clear as we talked that it had been a long time since she […] [Read more]

A Time of Spiritual Transformation

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Today the Church lifts up for contemplation the mystery of the Transfiguration of the Lord. The Gospels tell us how shortly after Jesus spoke of his coming Passion, he led Peter, James and John up Mount Tabor to pray. There Jesus “was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became […] [Read more]

Keeping Vigil During Christ’s Agony in the Garden

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to feel sorrow and distress. Then he said to them, “My soul is sorrowful even to death. Remain here […] [Read more]

Proclaim a Fast

Friday, February 13th, 2015

The Lord calls us to return to him with our whole heart, we hear on Ash Wednesday, with the prophet Joel saying to us, “Proclaim a fast!” With this instruction, the Church begins the season of Lent. From the very beginning, fasting, together with prayer and almsgiving, became the way of preparation to celebrate the […] [Read more]

Pray for Peace

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

This has been a difficult summer across the globe – in addition to ongoing unrest in Israel and Palestine, and the shooting down of a passenger airplane over Ukraine, a couple of weeks ago, we saw the expulsion of Christians from their homes in Mosul, Iraq.  At that time, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops […] [Read more]