When prayer seems pointless…

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The most frustrating thing I find about praying is it's lack of immediate results. Or rather, what I perceive as a lack of results. I've gotten so accustomed to instantaneous feedback that when I don't see the fruits of prayer right away I become frustrated.Then there is praying for your enemies.In most cases "enemies" are just your typical run of the mill jerk faces one encounters on any given day. They are the difficult people we are forced to interact with and who we'd rather … [Read more...]

What Can We Learn From Novenas…

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... I made it through two whole novenas and suddenly I'm the expert. Neat how that works.This past novena to St. Ann taught me several things about payer in general. The main thing it taught me was that I was doing prayer, for the most part, wrong. Or rather, imperfectly.I was approaching novenas in a very methodical manner, much the same way I approach my regular prayer.Here, Lord, are my prayers for this particular thing. Please grant my wish. Amen. Oh, PS. God, you're an … [Read more...]

Sacred Heart Novena – Day 2 …

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Click here to receive daily email notifications.Sacred Heart of Jesus Novena PrayersO my Jesus, you have said: “Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.”Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of…(Mention your Intention Here)Our Father, Who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our tresp … [Read more...]

Sacred Heart Novena – Day 1 …

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... My Irish Catholic Granny gave up Catholicism in 1966. Swayed by the charismatic nature of deep southern Protestantism she abandoned everything Catholic except her devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the image of the Divine Mercy. On her death bed she had a full reversion back to the faith and died under the watchful gaze of her two favorite images.It's in her memory that I am participating in the novena to the Sacred Heart that starts today.Sacred Heart of Jesus Novena … [Read more...]

50 Ways to Talk to God is Blowing My Mind…

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... Whenever I hear the phrase, "personal relationship with Christ", I immediately have evangelical flashbacks -- complete with hand waving, tongue speaking, and emotionally weeping. All set to the soundtrack of bad, romantically ambiguous Christian soft rock.Maybe that's why so many converts I know have such an adverse reaction to a little charismatic in their Catholicism.Enter Meg Hunter-Kilmer and her excellent post about getting personal with Christ. Yes, I said "excellent." … [Read more...]

A Day of Prayer and Fasting for Syria…

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... I invite all readers to participate in a day of prayer & fasting on September 7th.Pope Francis has called upon all the faithful worldwide to join in a day of prayer and fasting of September 7 for peace in the Middle East, and especially in Syria.At his Angelus audience on Sunday, September 1, the Pope announced his plans for the day of prayer, to be held on “the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace.” He called all Catholics to join in the prayer and fasting.the Pope ann … [Read more...]

Prayers for Egypt …

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... Pray for Egypt. Pray hard. I figure now is as good a time as any to spread devotion to St. James Matamoros (the Moor slayer) and The Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary.The appellation “Matamoros” comes from the legend of Clavijo’s Battle, where he led the discouraged Christian troops to a smashing victory against the Mohammedans. King Ramiro I defeated the troops of Abd ar-Rahman II at the Battle of Clavijo with the assistance of a knight on a white horse who fought by his sid … [Read more...]

A Ton Of Prayer Requests…

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... The best thing about social media is that, through its vast networks, people can offer their support and prayers for one another. Therefore I am reaching out to all good readers by requesting your prayers for the following people who certainly need it.For the repose of J. Smith's soul, the father of a wonderful and dear friend.For a swift recovery for American Papist, Thomas Peters.And lastly for a fantastic mother, entertaining blogger, and beautiful soul, Mrs. Dwija Borobia … [Read more...]

Nine Days of Prayer, Penance, and Pilgrimage Sponsored By The USCCB …

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... Perhaps you've seen this advertised at the top of my sidebar.The Bishops are coordinating a novena to pray for the end of abortion [details here]. You can either chose to receive daily text messages starting January 19th or daily email reminders. For those of us who have trouble remembering to pray novenas daily this is an excellent way to be reminded. I always check my text messages. And I like the idea that at the very same moment I am receiving my text alert so are other … [Read more...]


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