Prayer Is Not a Monologue

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Few people are every really satisfied with the way they pray: there’s a feeling that it should be “more” or “better.” It’s a sense we have that we’re not doing it quite right. Getting past the idea of right or wrong is hard to do. There are as many types of prayer as there are [Read More...]

Dr. Johnson’s “Prayer Before Any New Study”

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Samuel Johnson’s “Prayers and Meditations” are not well known, but the new Delphi Complete Works of Samuel Johnson (Illustrated) includes a clean text, along with all of his other works and writings about Johnson by Hawthorne, Lovecraft, Chesterton, and others. Your cost? $3. I’ve written before about how much I love the Delphi editions for their [Read More...]

The 54-Day Rosary Novena

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If you just want the text of the devotion without my commentary, go here. I have little patience for “never-fail” devotions. In fact, I think they’re superstitious and presumptuous, and thus deeply offensive. God is not a gumball machine and prayer is not the coin you turn in the slot to make your desire come [Read More...]

The Broken Places

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There is a darkness in the world. It’s always been there, since we made our first wrong step and chose ourselves over God. Most of the time, the darkness is just a shadow on our souls where sin more readily grows. Sometimes, it erupts in spasms of violence or disease and knocks us back on [Read More...]

How Prayer Works, And How It Doesn’t

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After posting on prayer in the wake of our experience with Sandy, I got a chance to see it work up close. Two days after writing that post, my wife was struck with symptoms which everyone (GP, EMT, and ER personnel) thought were classic signs of a heart attack for a woman: nausea, pressure/pain in [Read More...]

The Lord Was Not in the Wind

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In the shadow of thy wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by. Prayer works. No, I don’t mean “I prayed fer The Lord ta spare mah family/life/house/pets/car and bah gum He did! Not a branch scratcht a so much as a winder!” That’s not what I’m talking about. Because, you [Read More...]

Remembering the Fallen

My family has been blessed. My father, uncles, cousins, and friends all returned home from their wars. Make no mistake: each of them left something on those battlefields of Europe and the Pacific and Korea and Vietnam and Iraq. My father only tells three or four stories about World War II, all of them fairly [Read More...]


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