Posts Tagged ‘Prayer’

Find Mass boring? Good! Comments 0

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Praying through the tedium at Mass can be a more authentic way of sharing the divine life. As citizens of late modern life, we seek to avoid boredom. We alleviate the stillness of a quiet moment by turning to our smartphones. We delight in the arrival of new emails, fresh stories and notifications from social Read more

Using digital devices for reflection during Lent Comments 0

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

The season of Lent is upon us. This is a holy season for Christians who seek to identify with Jesus Christ’s 40 days of fasting as he prepared to be tested and later crucified. In order to identify with Christ’s self-sacrifice, Christians often join in a symbolic fast, giving up certain foods such as meat Read more

Lectio Divina Comments 0

Monday, February 27th, 2017

This traditional way of praying scripture has become popular in a number of Christian churches. I think it began in monasteries, where monks sat at their evening meal, listening to the reading of the day. When a verse or phrase had meaning for a monk, he would leave the table and take the words to Read more

Child soldiers – Pope calls them a “scandal” Comments 0

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Child soldiers are what Pope Francis calls a “scandal”. “We must do everything possible so that the dignity of children may be respected, and end this form of slavery,” he says. “Whoever you are, if you are moved as I am, I ask you to join me in this prayer intention: that the scandal of Read more

The Present Moment Comments 0

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

We are told that we experience God in the present moment, and we know that as truth. But our brains are wired for learning from the past, planning for the future, and we’re not going to be rid of those habits. While we may find it impossible to live in the present moment, that very Read more

What depression has taught me Comments 0

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

As regular readers may remember, I have been suffering with depression since the summer. My last blog on the topic, I’m told, came across more “worryingly bleak” than “winningly chipper in the face of adversity”. That wasn’t really the intention at all. But hey, I’m mentally ill – so what do I know? As I Read more

Carmelite Sisters’ practical tips for prayer Comments 0

Friday, October 21st, 2016

Dear Sister, Is there a best time to pray, given all the activities each day holds for me—working at my job and caring for and being with my family makes a very full day? Also, I’m not fully awake first thing in the morning and already mighty tired by the time I lay my head Read more

Prayer: There’s an App for that Comments 0

Friday, August 12th, 2016
Examen app

Jesuits can often sound like broken records. We like to call schools and parishes “Ignatius” or “Loyola” — or, if we’re feeling wild, “Xavier.” We love to repeat phrases such as “men (and women) for others” or “finding God in all things.” And if you have ever attended a Jesuit school, parish, or retreat house, Read more

Sonny Bill Williams is happiest at prayer time Comments 0

Friday, July 1st, 2016

All Black Sonny Bill Williams has said he is most happy when he is saying his prayers. In an article in the UK Daily Mail, Williams admitted to having to fit his Islamic diet and prayer around an intensive rugby schedule. “When I’m most happy is when I’m doing my prayers,” he said. “When you Read more

Francis praises Benedict in new book Comments 0

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Benedict XVI’s resignation and withdrawal into a life of prayer has taught the Church a lesson of doing “theology on its knees”, Pope Francis has said. Francis wrote this in the preface of a new book by the Pope Emeritus, titled “Teaching and Learning the Love of God”. It is the first volume of several Read more