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?
Prayer & Inspiration
There are many popular traditions associated with St. Andrew's feast day, especially in those countries that have him as their patron saint. But the most popular St. Andrew's feast day tradition is for everyone. This tradition is a Christmas novena that begins on St. Andrew's feast day.
I recently called a friend to ask for her prayers in a situation I was struggling with. A few weeks later I texted her to say that circumstances had improved, and she quickly texted back: “Be sure to thank God...He likes to be thanked!”
St. Gertrude is one of the most remarkable mystics of the Catholic Church. Her life, her writings, and her experiences of the Heart of Christ through prayer have had a significant impact on Catholic thought and spirituality. Through the prayers and writings of this holy saint, the Church came to know the incredible depths of God[...]
St. Jude traveled, preached, instructed, and encouraged the persecuted in the first century Christians. Until he was martyred in Persia, around 65 A.D., he exhorted believers to stand strong in their faith. Many began praying at his tomb and experiencing the gift of his intercession and healing. This further confirmed his presen[...]
The saying “Go big or go home” sounds so much more impressive than “Go little. Trust God.” We are not told to “grow down” but to “grow up.” Those who are small go unnoticed and merit no rewards. Or do they? In St. Thérèse of Lisieux, a Carmelite nun who lived in the late 1800s, we have a saintly companion whose “Little Way” is a[...]
The most extraordinary and staggering conflict that ever took place happened not between men, but in the heavens, before the dawn of man on earth. Sacred Scripture gives us this history in Revelation 12:7-9: “Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought[...]
One of the aspects of the Catholic faith that Protestants struggle with the most is the honor that Catholics give Our Lady. In particular, the "Hail Mary" seems to be a particular point of contention. Some Protestants point to that prayer and say, “That is proof of Catholics’ idolatry of[...]
“Humility is the mother of all virtues; purity, charity and obedience. It is in being humble that our love becomes real, devoted and ardent. If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are. If you are blamed you will not be discouraged. If they call you a saint you will not pu[...]
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.