There are times when I talk to friends who appear to be closely connected with God, or when I read about the saints, who, in their lifetimes, seemed to have a direct pathway to Our Lord—and I feel discouraged. I, too, wish to feel the presence of God; I long to know His will.
Prayer & Inspiration
The Church encourages various wonderful ways in which to pray. One very special method was first introduced by the Church Fathers. It is known as lectio divina. But what is the proper way to practice this kind of prayer?
What is a spiritual communion? Why make a spiritual communion? How do we make a spiritual communion? Is there an official prayer for making a spiritual communion? Your questions answered.
St. Philip Neri established the Seven Churches Pilgrimage in Rome around 1553. This Holy Thursday, we’d like to help you participate by offering a “virtual pilgrimage” to the Seven Churches, and invite you to pray with us at each “visit.”
In the midst of all of the uncertainty in the world right now, there is good reason to remember the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and to recall the words that Our Lady spoke to Juan Diego. Let's hold onto these powerful words.
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.
Have you ever felt that you were too sinful, too unworthy, or too far gone to receive the touch of Jesus and experience His healing love? Do you struggle with doubt, or feel tempted to believe that your sin is too great for you to deserve the love of God?
Many people have found great solace and peace in praying the Serenity Prayer. It presents us with a simple, humble message, one that seems counter-cultural in today’s world. What can we learn from this well-known prayer?