Lenten Practices: Prayer

Mar 07 Lenten Practices: Prayer

There are more than three weeks in Lent, but there are traditionally three things that Christians commit to during Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. If I tried to do a series of posts that stretched the entire duration of Lent, you’d only have a few days to do the last thing I mention, so instead we can touch on the three traditional practices during the first three weeks, and then let...

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Book Review: Church Militant Field Manual

Feb 12 Book Review: Church Militant Field Manual

My blessed wife gave to me for Christmas what I consider to be the most important book in my library, Fr. Richard M. Heilman’s Church Militant Field Manual. In case you are not familiar, the Church Militant refers to one of three parts of the Communion of Saints included in The Profession of Faith. The Church Militant (Ecclesia Militans) because its members struggle against the world,...

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The Spirituality of the Craftsman

Sep 18 The Spirituality of the Craftsman

I’m a craftsman.  Yarn is my medium, and hooks and needles are my tools.  I don’t call myself a crafter, because to me that implies too much of the arts and crafts of summer camp and too little of the skill required to do what I do.  I won’t go so far as to say that I’m a good craftsman; far from it.  I consider myself to be more on the level of apprentice.  My...

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Pope Francis on our Father, and the Our Father

Jun 21 Pope Francis on our Father, and the Our Father

Vatican Radio has a summary and quotes from Pope Francis’ homily at Mass Thursday, which focused on praying the Our Father: To whom do I pray? To the Almighty God? He is too far off. Ah, I can’t hear Him. Neither did Jesus. To whom do I pray? To a cosmic God? That’s quite normal these days, is it not? … praying to the cosmic God, right? This polytheistic model that comes from a...

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The Family that Prays Together — Even When It’s Hard

Jun 05 The Family that Prays Together — Even When It’s Hard

“Why do we have to say the Rosary every night?”  Imagine this being said in the whiniest of five year old boys whines. Now, imagine it being repeated, every night, for about five minutes before the Rosary.  It’s enough to drive me crazy. It doesn’t matter when we start, whether or not the kids have had a long day or are well rested, sick or well.  This little boy just...

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