The Object of My Affection, 2013 Remake

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This might be on your mind already because Valentine’s Day is this week, but here’s an action item: Invite a married couple to drop their kids off for the night some night, invite some single men and women from work or church to dinner with some others for dinner. Do something to support marriage, to [Read More...]

Set Out to Pray. He Will Take It from There.

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If you find yourself restless and distracted, advice from a Carmelite, Sr. Ruth Burrows, via the indispensable Magnificat: I do not think readers would want to be bored to tears by an account of what goes on in my head during prayer! Distractions are my unfailing companions at prayer; but I have learned that prayer [Read More...]

Have You Prayed Today?

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Specifically the first part of a nine day novena marking the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade? To ease the pain of this grave reality? Today we are drawn out of ourselves to pray for the mother who remembers her child in a culture that tries to pretend there never was anything but a choice. [Read More...]

Election Day Is a Day for Prayer

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Whatever happens on Election Day, on any Election Day, “we do not throw up our hands in despair or disinterest,” one pastor in McLean, Va., advised this weekend. We renew our devotion to conforming the world – by first and everyday our very lives – “with the true and the good. Since anything that is [Read More...]

Where There’s a Wills, There’s a Way

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There are people praying for America’s future — and it is not too late to join them. The U.S. Catholic bishops took the lead with a fortnight of them for religious liberty. There were eight days earlier this fall, invoking the Blessed Mother. There are an ecumenical 40 days of prayers, too, focusing on protecting [Read More...]

Have You Prayed for Life and Liberty?

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There has been a Fortnight for Freedom, a Novena, and now another Rosary novena for human life and religious liberty from Catholics nationwide, praying for our election and the country’s future. Civic participation is a moral responsibility. 40 Days of Life is an ecumenical group that prays that innocent human life might be better protected [Read More...]

Prayer Matters

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My dear friend Karen Goodwin writes a beautiful reflection on her recent pilgrimage to Lourdes. She titles it “Eucharisteo,” the deepest gratitude. She writes: In the prior six months, I’d suffered a breast cancer recurrence, received two subsequent diagnoses of different types of colon cancer, and later the threat of a cervical malignancy. In my [Read More...]

Quick Sunday Word from a Woman in Love

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For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy. – St. Thérèse of Lisieux More on prayer here. [Read more...]


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