Am I a Shepherd Pasturing Myself?

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In my prayer time this morning, I was rushed and distracted. As a result, I almost skipped reading today’s first reading from Ezekial 34. I’ll be honest — all too often my daily prayer time, spent partially contemplating the day’s gospel, is simply another “to do” item on my list. But something caused me to [Read More...]

I Love Pope Francis’ May Intentions

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I hope you already know about the beautiful work being done by the Apostleship of Prayer in leading us to pray together for the Holy Father’s intentions each month. In case you don’t, here is a bit of information about this beautiful apostolate: Since 1844 our mission has been to help Christians live out their [Read More...]

Defend Us in Battle

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What do you need today? Many of my online friends are galavanting around in Mardi Gras swag, shroving it up before the onset of Lent tomorrow. But I find myself less in party mode than in panic mode. It has more to do with spiritual struggles than stress, but a massively crushing workload is not [Read More...]

American Papist Thomas Peters Offers Blog Update – Keep Praying!

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If you’ve been following the ongoing health progress of Thom Peters, the blogging voice behind American Papist, you already have seen sure signs of miracles in the making. So today I’m happy to share the good news that Thom has a new blog post online detailing his accident and recovery to date. The entire thing [Read More...]

St. Jerome’s Prayer for Christ’s Mercy

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Today, we celebrate the life of St. Jerome, a priest and Doctor of the Church. If you love reading the Bible, you can thank St. Jerome for his lifetime of work spent toiling over sacred scripture. I was happy to discover the following prayer attributed to St. Jerome: A Prayer for Christ’s Mercy O Lord, [Read More...]

Get the iBreviary Prayer Box Widget for Your Blog or Site

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If you read my blog here at Patheos, you’ll note that I recently added a new prayer tool to our sidebar: the iBrieviary Prayer Box. If you’re a smartphone owner, you’ve likely discovered the app for yourself. Many of us use this fantastic devotional aid as a part of our daily prayers. Now iBrieviary has [Read More...]

Peace Prayer Ponderings

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The following is a transcription from my prayer journal entry today, written as I sat in quiet prayer at our parish’s special vigil for peace in Syria. LMH I sit in our silent, cool chapel, trying to pray for Syria but distracted instead by the air conditioning noises and the rumbling of my belly. The [Read More...]

Holy Father’s Intentions for September

Please join me in praying for these timely prayer intentions given to us by Pope Francis. Please take a few moments to enjoy the accompanying videos from the Apostleship of Prayer. Both provide a beautiful explanation of these important intentions. Value of Silence. That people today, often overwhelmed by noise, may rediscover the value of silence [Read More...]

Why One Syrian Pastor Stays

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Religion Today has an amazing post online, quoting a pastor from Syria who expresses why he stays amidst the threat of violence: I weep for my country! I am so sad and speechless… They advise me to leave my country … to emigrate. I respond saying: I’m staying … for the church of Jesus … [Read More...]

Gearing up for a 33 Day Rosary Challenge

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Last week, I received an email from my friend David Calvillo, author of the book Real Men Pray the Rosary. David’s email held an invitation to join him and others around the world in an initiative they are calling the “33 Day Rosary Challenge“. Here are some of the basics: Pray the Rosary daily. Not [Read More...]


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