Category Archives: Prayer

11 Saints for the Single Catholic (And Married Catholics Too)

The flashing on my chimney needs fixing. Or it needs to be re-pointed. I don’t know which yet. All I know is that there’s a damp spot the size of me on the wall behind my bed. It appeared seemingly out of nowhere last night. I walked into my room around 10:00, looked up, and [...]

I Work At Our Lady’s College

I work at Our Lady’s college — you know, that college with a long history in the Midwest, a winning football tradition, a memorable fight song, and a beautiful Lourdes grotto that people visit from all over the country to light candles … Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. That joke, which Benedictine College’s president likes [...]

Why We’re Praying And Fasting Today

Because these people need help and it’s not clear that a military intervention will help them. In fact, it’s pretty well understood that the most vulnerable segments of society and the minority communities (e.g. Christians) will suffer the most. John Allen, an expert Vatican journalist has an excellent piece comparing the similarities in the Pope’s/Vatican’s [...]

White Sox Catcher: I Love Praying the Rosary

  Meet Tyler Flowers, catcher for the Chicago White Sox. In a recent interview with the Catholic New World, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the major league baseball player spoke about his devotion to the Blessed Mother. I love to pray rosaries, which are very Christ-centered. In fact, Jesus’ name is literally at [...]

The time has come to start a devotion to the Martyrdom of John the Baptist

Catholics who are deeply concerned about sexual immorality in our country should join me in a novena to the Martyrdom of John the Baptist. In fact, I think 21st century Catholics should develop a special devotion centered on his martyrdom–not on John the Baptist in general (a different feast day), but specifically on his martyrdom. [...]

10 Ways Living with a Toddler is Supremely Awesome

The Huffington Post blog had a post yesterday entitled “10 Ways Living With a Toddler Is Like Being in Prison.” Yes, it was mildly humorous, and yes, some of the sentiments will resonate with parents of children of that age, and yes, there is some comfort in sharing stories and jokes about our kids to [...]

The Pope’s Friend Mary

My wife just consecrated herself to Mary today (using Fr. Michael Gaitley’s book) , and I’m preparing to do the same (on Sept. 8, along with Benedictine College). A good part of the inspiration for doing so is Pope Francis, a man of deep Marian piety. Let me count the ways he is a friend [...]

Do You Believe in Miracles?

Mainstream media outlets are now reporting that the mystery of the so-called “angel priest” has been “solved.” After many days of wondering, we now know that the priest who appeared at the scene of a horrific accident in Missouri was not an angel from heaven or a long-dead saint, but just an ordinary (as it [...]

Should We Pray for the Conversion of America?

At the request of the pope, Catholics used to pray after Mass for the conversion of Russia–or so we have often heard.  This custom has long since been discontinued.  Whenever it comes to my mind, however, I wonder if it should be revived in a new form.  Should Catholics today pray after Mass for the conversion [...]


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