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The Rosary – Mary’s School (Part II of II)

September 27, 2013 by  
Filed under Featured, Fr. Najim, Rosary

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In our previous post, we looked at what the Rosary is and what it does.  In this post, we’ll look at the Hail Mary, the principal prayer of the Rosary, and what Mary teaches us through the Rosary. Catholics don’t worship the Blessed Virgin Mary, and anyone who says that we do is simply mistaken.  You will not find a single line in any official Church document that uses the word “worship” in association with devotion to... Read More

The Rosary – Mary’s School (Part I of II)

September 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Featured, Fr. Najim, Rosary

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October is traditionally the month of the Rosary.  As we get ready to observe that month, I’d like to reflect on a great Catholic tradition that I believe is one of the best ways to practice meditation and to progress in contemplative prayer: the Rosary.  Catholics, and others, pray the Rosary to contemplate more deeply the mysteries of Christ’s life. Obviously, the Rosary is a set of beads.  But, the beads are not an end... Read More

Blessings that are Difficult to Receive

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When our prayer takes us to the Mount of Olives, we discover the mystery of the Cross in all kinds of trials.   Before that impending evil life throws at us, we often find our desires on a collision course with God’s desires.  Some of these trials come from “without” in the form of difficult circumstances.  This could be in the form of a grave injustice or natural catastrophe.  The Lord does not always shield... Read More

The Wounds of a Savior

February 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Prayer, Rosary, Suffering

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I was resting my head on the stiff airplane seat, exhausted from having woken up so early to get on my flight. As my New Year’s resolution, I had decided to initiate a strictly spiritual commitment, having felt the urge to jump-start my prayer life. I promised myself to recite the rosary once a day, in honor of my consecration to Mary, as well as to meditate on the mysteries of the rosary. I had been faithfully fulfilling... Read More

I struggle with the Rosary, can you help me?

January 14, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Difficulties, Featured, Fr. Bartunek, Prayer, Rosary, Videos

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Fr. John Bartunek and Dan Burke talk about why some struggle with the Rosary and how to overcome these struggles.   About Dan BurkeDan is the founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and author of the award winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God. Beyond his “contagious” love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband... Read More

Should I set aside my meditation and vocal prayer to go deeper in my spiritual life? (modified)

Should I set aside my meditation and vocal prayer to go deeper in my spiritual life? (modified)

Dear Dan, I have a rule of life (firm spiritual commitments) and as part of that rule I have been meditating (Ignatian) and praying the rosary and the Liturgy of the Hours daily for years now. My struggle is that I have heard that if I sense the Lord’s presence (which does happen), that I should set these prayers aside and focus on the Lord. I am confused, I thought that focusing on God is what I am already doing. To me, the... Read More

I am struggling with my Rosary prayer. Where should my attention be during the Rosary?

July 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Difficulties, Prayer, Rosary

Dear Dan, I used to pray the Rosary daily, but lately I have become frustrated with it and am confused about where my attention should be focused while praying it. One Hail Mary, I find myself meditating on how painful it must have been for Jesus to be scourged at the pillar, and what great love it took for him to tolerate that for our sake. However, during that prayer, I was not paying attention to the actual words of the Hail... Read More

Is it possible to pray at the speed of light?

January 10, 2012 by  
Filed under Church Documents, Dan Burke, Prayer, Rosary

Dear Dan, I recently determined that I would begin praying the rosary regularly and as part of that commitment, I attend a weekly rosary prayer group at my parish. I was initially excited to attend but have found that the speed of their prayer is a bit blinding. They prayed an entire mystery along with other prayers in about ten minutes! I don’t quite know how to keep up. Can people really pray at high speed like this? Does... Read More

Of Rosaries and Wars

October 7, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary, Rosary

On October 7th, 1571, the Catholic Holy League of Europe met the invading naval power of the Ottoman Empire, and over 400 ships and 100,000 men fought on seas of western Greece. In what some historians describe as the most significant naval battle since the birth of Christ, a politically fractured Europe – led by the illegitimate son of Emperor Charles V, Don John of Austria – stood as the last line of hope against a full-scale... Read More