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Prayer in Early Christianity

When we consider how important prayer is for the life of the Church, it is very surprising just how little the Church fathers and mothers wrote about prayer. They talk about it, of course, but they almost never engage in teaching their people how to pray. If you want to write a book on how


Consolation in Prayer and Activation through Mercy

God gives us the gifts of faith, hope, and love in Baptism. To be rooted in faith and hope and to live out love, we need prayer. Prayer brings us consolation and, by allowing God into our lives, brings Him consolation. Moreover, prayer makes us new, as the prophet Haggai illustrates in the following parable:


Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

The devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a powerful one that renews the hesed covenantal love between God and man. This devotion consists of five basic elements, which renew humanity by restoring our relationship with the God who loves us. Our Lord gave these five aspects of the Sacred Heart devotion to St.


The Roots of the Sabbath

Remember the sabbath day—keep it holy. Six days you may labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God. You shall not do any work, either you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your work animal, or the resident alien within your


The Insular City

One of the chief trends in modern life is from the rural to the urban setting. We must note, of course, that the city itself is not a strictly modern development. Cities have always marked civilization, from Troy to Athens, from Rome to Paris, from London to New York. Cities afford opportunities for the development


Silence in Prayer

Silence is a hallmark of prayer in many religious traditions. It carries with it a certain awe, as if maintaining extended periods of silence were supernatural in itself, but in reality, it is part of the human life’s natural commute from solitude to encounter. Silence creates a separation that allows one to move away from


Nurturing a Culture of Silence in the Modern World

Pope Benedict XVI saw the need for an education in silence in our time: “Ours is not an age which fosters recollection; at times one has the impression that people are afraid of detaching themselves, even for a moment, from the mass media. For this reason, it is necessary nowadays that the People of God


Job, the Church, and Christ’s Vicarious Suffering

The role Job played in the salvation of his friends may be interpreted as prefiguring both the Church and Christ. The friends, according to St. Gregory the Great, are “heretics,” while Job is a type of the Church, “whose faith they used to impugn with their false assumptions.” The heretics, therefore, must obtain their salvation


The Lessons of Job

Surely there are few more endearing characters in all biblical and literary history than Job. Mankind universally identifies with the conundrum of innocent suffering and the questions it brings. Though the person of Job in the Old Testament is a historical one, the book of Job itself, irrespective of a literal interpretation, is regarded as


Why We Fast During Lent

Lent is a time of fasting. It is a time to prepare for the celebration of the Paschal Mystery, the summit of the liturgical year. It is to commemorate the forty days of retreat and fasting of our Savior before His public ministry. To fast is to set a period of not eating or of

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