When we are confronted with a serious need or problem, like the Coronavirus, we usually pray in one way. But there are many complexities to problems—and they are usually bound up with the free will of human beings, which God will not force. Here are some suggestions on how to pray with greater specificity.
There is a prayer for everything. The resources that Our Lord gives us through the Church are abundant. Here is a prayer for times of epidemic.
During situations like this—the current global pandemic—we realize how much we need the peace of Christ. St. Patrick, the "Apostle of Ireland," has a prayer that we can turn to. It is a powerful prayer—one that some people like to pray daily.
The March for Life is more than a protest. It’s a celebration of the gift of life. A reunion of sons and daughters of God. A joyful witness to hope, self-sacrifice, and gratitude. A gathering of faithful, selfless, cheerful men, women, and children.
The pop of the camera flash, the glitter of films, and the glamour of her photos have outshone other details of her life. We recognize Grace Kelly as a fashion icon, but who remembers that she went to Mass on Sundays?
Many people today do not realize that Grace Kelly was a Catholic, and a practicing Catholic at that. It wasn't merely nominal or cultural. Like the rest of us who are far from saintly, Grace may not have lived it out in a perfectly exemplary way—but it had formed her soul.
There isn't a definitive way to throw an Epiphany party. Different cultures have celebrated in different ways. I'd like to be more specific and personal, and share some tips from the beautiful ways in which my own mother has hosted Epiphany parties.
It's an interesting insight into human nature that we like to get good and scared once in a while—on condition, of course, that we feel secure in our general surroundings. Toddlers bubble over with mingled fear and delight when dad pretends to be a roaring monster. They trust daddy, of course; and this [...]
Catholics are eagerly awaiting the beatification of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, whose profound, practical, and even electrifying teaching has pierced hearts around the world. This past July, the Catholic Church approved the miracle that makes possible this next step in the canonization process. No date has been set at this time[...]
Time is a gift that we have been given. We misuse it—especially today, with social media commandeering every free moment—but we have the gift of free will, too. Teresa of Avila, that beloved Carmelite saint, composed a beautiful prayer which we can say every day, or every night before we go to sleep, to redeem time.