Prayer Before Sex? It’ll Never Catch On!

Unmade bed

When I was a child, I once heard my mother talking with a friend about sex. Not the “oh my gosh!” kind of sex talk. You see, the woman and her husband were very devout; and her complaint was that after they had sexual relations he would pop up, kneel beside the bed, and pray. Every time. I don’t know whether he intended it to be a prayer for forgiveness, but that’s how she took it. She felt—rightly or wrongly—that her husband considered sex to be a necessary evil, a means of … [Read more...]

Relics: Pious Devotion, Healing Power, or Something Else?

Last year, attending the diaconate convocation for the Archdiocese of Detroit, I wrote about how my husband and I were privileged to pray before a first-class relic of St. Teresa of Avila. And What, Exactly, Is a Relic? First, let’s clear up what it’s not.  Catholics do not, under any circumstances, “worship” relics. St. Jerome wrote, "We do not worship, we do not adore, for fear that we should bow down to the creature rather than to the creator, but we venerate the relics of … [Read more...]

Jesus Is So Lucky….

Denominations

Jesus is so lucky to have us!  An illustrated reflection on the 41,000 denominations. … [Read more...]


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