Rosary Podcast: Luminous Mysteries

Here is the Podcast of the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary, which are ordinarily prayed on Thursdays in Ordinary Time, but as with any of the mysteries, you can pray whichever one the Spirit is leading you to pray.Many Catholics have difficulty remembering the Luminous Mysteries as they are fairly new - instituted by Pope John Paul II.Moving on from the infancy and the hidden life in Nazareth to the public life of Jesus, our contemplation brings us to those mysteries which may be called in … [Read more...]

Podcast: Morning Prayer March 20

"Loving God is the work of a lifetime: spending time in prayer and meditation; listening for the still small voice; learning to live as God wills, by justice and charity; contemplating the gifts we receive, the gifts that we take easily for granted. Only then do we grow near to the kingdom of God." -- Fr. Joseph T. Lienhard, S.J.The Podcast of Morning Prayer is here. Penitential, for Friday, of course.The Canticle from Jeremiah always breaks my heart:If I walk out into the field, look! … [Read more...]

Vespers for Feast of St. Joseph

The podcast (a little rushed, sorry) for the second Vespers of the Feast of St. Joseph is here.Prior post today on St. Joseph is here. … [Read more...]

Podcast: Morning Prayer March 13

The podcast for Morning Prayer is here.I apologize that I'm still a bit wheezy from the cold. I have a special request of anyone praying the Hour with me - if you could remember my son Buster in your prayers; he has a big test coming up in school today and though he has studied for it, he's asked me to pray for him, because it's the one class he struggles with, and he can't afford to fail it. Thanks. … [Read more...]

Podcast Vespers for March 12

Still have a cold, the mic is still problematic (I think it's time to bite the bullet and pick up a new one) but here is the podcast of Vespers for March 12.I'm sorry that it sounds a bit tiny. I had to speak up over the cold and the bad mic, so it's a little less "restful" sounding than usual. I apologize.Sort of a goofy turn...I had some difficulty with one of the psalms, where it says "Before Him all Kings shall fall prostrate."It kept coming out "prostate."Too bad for all those … [Read more...]

The Move to control the Church – UPDATED

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. -- The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of AmericaI frankly thought we had a few more years before we started seeing this, but here we go.As I wrote in the comments section, here:I have no … [Read more...]

A Pep Talk & Morning Prayer

Okay, the emails are sounding very, very down.Here is morning prayer preceded by about a 5 minute, extemporaneous pep talk inspired by the emails.I have no idea what I'm blathering on about or whether it will help, but there it is.Pray the Liturgy of the Hours. Incorporate this into your life. It will change your perspective and give you the patience to take the long view. I promise. And, if you are inclined, pray the various mysteries of the rosary. Contemplative prayer changes … [Read more...]

Rosary Podcast; The Glorious Mysteries

I've been a little slower getting to them than I'd planned but here is the podcast of the five Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary:1) The Resurrection 2) The Ascension 3) The Descent of the Holy Spirit 4) The Assumption 5) The Crowning of MaryI'll try to have the Luminous Mysteries up before Friday.Lenten themed Catholic Carnival.Related: What inspired me to podcast the Rosary Rosary Podcast; The Sorrowful Mysteries (especially useful in Lent) Rosary Podcast; The Joyful Mysteries My other … [Read more...]

Vespers for March 2

Podcast may be found here. … [Read more...]

March 1 Morning Prayer

I forgot to put it into the podcast, but if you are following along in the breviary (I use the one featured below) we begin on page 707 (using the antiphons for the First Sunday in Lent) and then move to page 268 to pick up the readings, etc.Morning Prayer Podcast is here.Cardinal Justin Rigali with an exhortation to pray, ponder and study:And a quote from Teresa of Avila, who is always a challenging lady:The highest perfection consists not in interior favors or in great raptures or in … [Read more...]