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...]

ST. BLASE, PATRON OF THROAT ILLNESSES

St. Blase

 It’s great to be Catholic—We have so many cherished friends crowding around the throne of God!  Like our earthly friends who are just a phone call away, the saints—those in the Church Triumphant who have already achieved the final goal—can hear the prayers of those of us who lumber along back here in the Church Militant.  When we pray, they carry our fervent prayers and intercede with the Father on our behalf; and Scripture assures us (Proverbs 15:29, Psalm 34:17, John 9:31) that … [Read more...]

THE O ANTIPHONS and the Beatles: Great Secrets Revealed?

Beatles

First, I mean no disrespect—but if you are a theologian or a historian or a liturgist, please pop in here to explain something for me. I’ve been reading about the O ANTIPHONS, those profound anticipatory verses from Isaiah which, in the Catholic tradition, are read at Vespers from December 17 through December 23, leading up to the Christmas season.  Lovely prayers, most certainly!  But over and over in the literature, as an after-note, I read that the first letters of the seven … [Read more...]


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