Gee, Thanks Oswald: On Distractions In Prayer


This inane quote from Oswald Chambers showed up in my Twitter feed: Don’t say, “Oh, Lord, I suffer from wandering thoughts.” Don’t suffer from wandering thoughts. Which is just so … useless. All I could think of was this: Chambers rails against our “individual natural lives.” But these lives, flaws and all, are what we’re given to work [Read More...]

How I Pray: Jeff Miller, The Curt Jester


The Curt Jester was one of the first Catholic blogs I read, and I’ve always enjoyed Jeff Miller’s humor and his common sense take on the faith. I’m glad to have made his acquaintance via Facebook, where we’re able to talk about apps and make bad puns at each other. Jeff is a fellow techie, [Read More...]

How I Pray


Lifehacker has a series called “How I work” in which they put a set of questions to various tech leaders and business people to learn their techniques and tools for getting things done.  I decided to shamelessly rip off the format for a series called “How I pray.” Two things I’ve noticed: people tend to [Read More...]

A Novena For Asthma Sufferers


St. Bernadette Soubirous contracted cholera as a child and afterwards suffered from asthma for the rest of her life. It almost certainly contributed to her death. Thus, St. Bernadette is a good choice as the patron saint of those suffering from asthma and other diseases of the lung. A recent medical crisis prompted me to write [Read More...]

A Novena to Saint Edith Stein


On August 9th, 1942, Edith Stein (St. Theresa Benedicta of the Cross) was gassed to death at Auschwitz along with perhaps a thousand others. This brilliant and holy woman, a Carmelite nun and convert from Judaism, was one of many Hebrew Catholics rounded up by the Nazis after the Dutch bishops protested the racist policies of [Read More...]

Prayer of Reparation for the Actions of Satanists


A group of Satanists has acquired the precious Eucharist and is planning to defile it in a public ceremony on September 21st. I’m not going to detail the specifics since they are easy enough to find if you so wish, and publicity is really the main point of these actions. Desecration of the Eucharist is [Read More...]

For Those Who Go Down to the Sea In Ships

Billikin Crabbing Boat

Today (July 13th) is Sea Sunday. The Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers, the Apostleship of the Sea, and Stella Maris Centers  are asking Catholics today to pray for all of those who make their living on the waters. They catch our food, bring us goods, and protect us, often staying away from their homes and [Read More...]

Photos From My Visit With the Dominican Nuns of Summit

Where the magic happens: the nuns make soaps and other things here.

I spent Saturday with the lovely, incredible, joyous, and Spirit-filled nuns of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit, New Jersey. It was a rare gift not only being able to speak with Srs. Mary Catharine and Judith Miryam and meet many of the Sisters, but also getting a tour of the Monastery. [Read More...]