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The Central Prayers of the Mass: The Anaphora

July 22, 2014 by  
Filed under Eric Johnston, Featured, Mass, Prayers

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The Central Prayers of the Mass: We can pray the Mass better if we better understand its central prayers. Knowing what is going on allows us to join in and make the prayer our own – allows us to mean it when we say, “Amen.” It also allows us to understand the Mass itself, and so enter more deeply into what it has to offer us. Today we will consider the priest’s part of the Eucharistic Prayer. The “Eucharistic Prayer”... Read More

Flos Carmeli (Flower of Carmel)

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Every year on July 16th, Carmelites throughout the world celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, patroness of the Carmelite Order.  If you want to know how we feel about Mary, our Mother, spend a few minutes reflecting on one of the most beautiful prayers ever written, the Flos Carmeli. Most of us pray – before meals, morning and/or night prayers, many people pray before a trip, and at Mass, of course. Yet, for all... Read More

Carmelite Prayer

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Editor’s Note:  As we approach the Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel this coming week, it is appropriate to consider a Carmelite prayer. Our Lord taught Saint Teresa a simple method of prayer. It is often called mental prayer. “I never knew what it was to get satisfaction and comfort out of prayer,” confesses the Saint, “until the Lord taught me this method – I beg of you to test it.”  The method is this: we... Read More

How do I get Rid of my “inner ugliness?”

July 7, 2014 by  
Filed under Difficulties, Featured, Fr. Bartunek, Pride

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Dear Father John, I have been struggling with some interior trials with forgiveness, resentment and jealousy. I call this “inner ugliness.” I have been praying fervently, going to confession, and receiving excellent spiritual direction. I have been willing myself to be charitable even when I am not feeling it. So here is my question. What am I missing, why do I still feel “inner ugly”? How do I let go of... Read More

The Joy of the Gospel

July 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured, Fr. Najim, Prayer, Silence

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Editor’s Note:  We are again most grateful to Father Michael Najim for sharing this short video with us about the Joy of the Gospel.  Although originally posted in January on his blog LiveHoliness.com, it is timeless counsel.   The Joy of the Gospel from Father Michael Najim on Vimeo. About Fr. Michael NajimFr. Michael Najim is a priest of the Diocese of Providence. He is the Director of Spiritual Formation at... Read More

Fallen away family member – What can I do?

June 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

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Dear Father John, how can I convince family members who have fallen away from the faith to come back to God and the Church? You can’t. Only God can do that. But you can help. Here are some thoughts about how. There is more going on in this question than meets the eye. Almost every believer faces a question like this at some point in their journey. It can take different forms. Some of my priest colleagues have been ordained... Read More

Are You Longing for a Deeper Prayer Life?

June 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Contemplation, Featured, Marta Goodwin, Prayer, Webinar

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The four waters of prayer as taught by St. Teresa of Avila is one of the most beautiful analogies of growth in prayer provided by the saints. In a state of grace, the soul is like a well of limpid water, from which flow only streams of clearest crystal. Its works are pleasing both to God and man, rising from the River of Life, beside which it is rooted like a tree. ~ St. Teresa of Avila On June 28th, Dan Burke, author of Navigating... Read More

How Do I Set Up a Home Altar?

June 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured, Leila Lawler, Prayer

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Dear Dan, I have heard you speak and mention the importance of having a home altar or dedicated space to pray. I must admit that this is a completely foreign idea to me but it is also intriguing and I believe can help me in my prayer life and maybe my family too. Can you give me some detail about how one would go about setting up a home altar? Dear Friend, absolutely! However, instead of answering this myself I would like to introduce... Read More

Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction: God in You, Part 2 of 5

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Dan Burke spent a week discussing his suffering, conversion and healing with EWTN’s Johnnette Benkovic on her show, Women of Grace. Dan captures the stages of the spiritual life in his award-winning book, “Navigating the Interior Life“. In the second episode of five, Dan continues to discuss his conversion from the Jewish faith to Catholicism and from suffering to healing and love. In the Fall,  Dan will be... Read More

Carmelite or Ignatian prayer, which is best for me?

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Q: Dear Dan, I have been studying prayer, primarily the Ignatian method and the Carmelite method.  What would you consider the differences between these two methods?   Also, how can I determine which is best for me?   A: Dear friend, this is a great question. First it would be helpful to ensure we understand what we are talking about when we use the terms “prayer” and “method.” The prayer we are speaking of here is... Read More

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