Posts Tagged ‘Prayer’

Putin and prayer

Thursday, June 16th, 2022
putin and prayer

Putin has changed my prayer! When the Kremlin-initiated military operation began in February, I was looking at several television networks (BBC, Al Jazeera, DW) in horror at what was happening over the following weeks through March and April. I found myself in tears, shocked and aghast at how people could inflict such devastation on their Read more

Prayer, diplomacy, solidarity: floors in same building

Monday, March 28th, 2022

On Friday, in a move that raised the eyebrows of some, Pope Francis consecrated Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. A good Jesuit, Francis is applying the maxim “Pray as if everything depended on God, work as if everything depended on you,” a Vatican official told La Croix’s Loup Besmond de Senneville. Read more

Christian empathy demands action

Monday, February 21st, 2022
Empathy

Over the past week, Australians have heard Scott Morrison make several explicit references to his faith. Given Morrison has placed his faith front and centre of his public persona, it is helpful to try to understand how he perceives his faith and how it might intersect with his job as prime minister. For me, Morrison’s Read more

Sweet wonder

Thursday, February 10th, 2022
sweet wonder

I admit I am one of those people who divide God’s world according to my notions of comfort. My personal preference is transferred so that I see some things as good and some as not good. Monarch butterflies are lovely, white butterflies are ugly. I admire a porpoise but not a shark. In my garden, Read more

$52 million spent on prayer apps; do they work?

Monday, November 29th, 2021
prayer apps

Hallow, a Catholic prayer and meditation app that claims over a million downloads, has raised over US$52 million in investments. Prayer apps are not new. Silicon Valley startups popularized mindfulness and meditation apps as early as 2010, although many have criticized those apps for being spiritually shallow. Hallow’s young founders – devout lay Catholic millennials Read more

But what is prayer?

Thursday, September 30th, 2021

We don’t ask enough questions. Sometimes that is because we feel we should know the answers and don’t wish to appear stupid. In fact, many others also wish to ask the same question but, for similar reasons we all keep our lips tightly closed. That is a pity, for being inquisitive is the start of Read more

Finding God in apps

Thursday, August 19th, 2021

One hundred million people worldwide now have Calm on their smartphones, a meditation app that monetized doing absolutely nothing. The app’s popularity skyrocketed during the pandemic, as anxieties ran high and finding peace and quiet proved harder to do. Calm provides mindfulness meditations, breathing exercises and bedtime stories to encourage users to take some time Read more

Doubts as Facebook rolls out a prayer tool

Thursday, August 12th, 2021
facebook prayer

Facebook already asks for your thoughts. Now it wants your prayers. The social media giant has rolled out a new prayer request feature, a tool embraced by some religious leaders as a cutting-edge way to engage the faithful online. Others are eyeing it warily as they weigh its usefulness against the privacy and security concerns Read more

Pope Francis tips for when prayer is difficult

Thursday, May 20th, 2021
Difficulties in prayer

Today’s focus is the lived experience of prayer, trying to show some very common difficulties in prayer, which must be identified and overcome. Praying is not easy: many difficulties present themselves in prayer. It is necessary to know them, recognise them and overcome them. Distraction The first problem that emerges to those who pray is distraction (see CCC, Read more

It may be easy to parrot prayer “blah, blah, blah, but… Francis says

Thursday, May 13th, 2021

Holding a general audience with visitors and pilgrims present for the first time in more than six months, Pope Francis talked of the power of prayer. Prayer, he told the crowd, is not always “a walk in the park.” While it may be easy to “parrot” prayer, “blah, blah, blah,” he said, real prayer requires Read more