Joanne McPortland on the Call to Self-Destruction

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I don’t think I’ve ever seen a spring quite like this. It’s not unusual for depression to come in cycles, and for it to hit harder as we emerge from winter. But this season, everywhere I look, I see people more people crushed under this burden than I ever recall seeing before. Are we just [Read More...]

Everyday Prayer


Prayer can be hard. Many of us follow the forms laid out by the Church because they are a good foundation upon which to build a prayer life. Whether it’s the Liturgy of the Hours or the Rosary, we drink from a deep and pure well that can nourish our spiritual life with the wisdom [Read More...]

You Have No Right to Pray

Gerard Dou: The Prayer of the Spinner

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.” Romans 8:26 “It is very important to for us to realize that we do not know how to pray. If we think of [Read More...]

Mental Healing and the Psalms


There are many ways through the dark valleys of depression, and prayer must be one of them. The problem is that the depressive often cannot even stir to perform regular prayer. Simple tasks become a burden. Prayer routines fall by the wayside. Commitments are left undone. And with each little failure, the walls close in [Read More...]

How I Pray: Kevin Knight


Kevin Knight is the Sacramental Preparation and Education Specialist for the Archdiocese of Denver. He is also the founder and editor of New Advent, which will celebrate its twentieth anniversary on May 1st. Read more entries in the How I Pray series. Who are you? My name is Kevin Knight, editor of the New Advent [Read More...]

How I Pray: Melanie Bettinelli

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Melanie Bettinelli is a homeschooling mother of five who blogs at The Wine-Dark Sea. Read more entries in the How I Pray series.   Who are you? I’m a wife, a stay at home mother of five kids ages 2 to 8, a homeschooler, and Texan expat wondering yet again this winter how I came [Read More...]

How I Pray: Al Kresta


Al Kresta is a broadcaster, journalist and author. He is President and CEO of Ave Maria Radio, and host of “Kresta in the Afternoon.” I’ll let him fill in the rest… Read other entries in the How I Pray series. Who are you? Hmm, is that a trick question? Didn’t John Paul II say something like we [Read More...]

How I Pray: Amy Welborn


Amy Welborn is the author of many books for Catholic adults, youth and young people. Those particularly related to prayer are The Words We Pray: Discovering the Richness of Traditional Catholic Prayer (Loyola Press), Prove it! Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor), Wish You Were Here: Travels through Loss and Hope (Random House) and Adventures in Assisi: On [Read More...]