A Prayer for Today

Via the Liturgy of the Hours: Father, he who knew no sin was made sin for us, to save us and restore us to your friendship. Look upon our contrite heart and afflicted spirit and heal our troubled conscience, so that in the joy and strength of the Holy Spirit we may proclaim your praise [Read More...]

Let Us Pray

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That’s the witness of the life of St. Dominic, whose feast Catholics celebrated yesterday. Reflecting on Dominic, B16 advises: Dear friends, St. Dominic reminds us that prayer, that personal contact with God, is at the heart and origin of the witness of faith that every Christian must give within family life, at work, in social [Read More...]

Feeling Weak?

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In her book, My Peace I Give You, Dawn Eden writes about questions she’s encountered in her life, confronting the memories of abuse: “How … do I take the first step? How do I find strength when all I have to work with is weakness?” I asked her about her answer: I found the answer [Read More...]

Yo, Bro!

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This would be appropriate and nourishing and challenging any day, but at a time when we’re reminded as a nation to look around and love a little more, this meditation today in the indispensible Magnificat is an especially timely guide: We must also nourish this deep desire to meet God so that when the opportunity [Read More...]

Just One Look

When we gaze on the Blessed Sacrament, our Lord gives us this same look he gave Peter, a look of mercy. Pope Benedict XVI said earlier this year in an installment of his catechesis on prayer: Luke the Evangelist has retained a further precious element of the events of the Last Supper that enables us [Read More...]

Subtle Witness

Getting on the Capitol South Metro stop in D.C. Tuesday night, I stood behind a young man — dressed for Hill work — who had his rosary in his hand, by his side, as he was praying. Not flaunting, just part of his commute. Everyone else had a thriller or Ipad or smart phone. Why [Read More...]

Holy, Holy, Holy

It was a ten-hour flight from Newark to Tel Aviv and the highlight — besides the beautiful, totally in love after decades of marriage, Portuguese couple sitting next to me — was the Jewish men standing, praying, with their prayer shawls and phylacteries. “I took out my Magnificat,” passenger after passenger told me after landing [Read More...]

Praying the ‘Our Father’

Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus. [Read more...]


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