Praying

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  • Five Ways to Pray

    by Cindy Costello

    “The world offers you comfort. But you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness.” — Pope Benedict XVI   You change into your comfortable jammies and settle yourself in the recliner. A text message lights up your … read more

  • Five Prayers to Say on Thanksgiving

    by Catholic Digest Staff

    For appreciating others   We thank you, Father, for the gift of Jesus your Son who came to our Earth and lived in a simple home. We have a greater appreciation of the value and dignity of the human family because he loved and was loved within … read more

  • Praying as 'One Flesh'

    by Msgr. Stewart Swetland, STD

    Dear Father, I know praying together as a couple is important to do, but my husband feels awkward about it, and honestly, I do too. How can we overcome our hesitation, and how should we start?  — Anonymous, … read more

  • Making Mass Matter

    by Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    “When I was a little girl,” the older Catholic woman said to me, “and I had any sort of complaint or problem, my Irish mother would listen sympathetically and then say in her brisk, no-nonsense way, ‘Well, offer it up, my dear.&rsquo… read more

  • A Mother's Liturgy of the Hours

    by Danielle Bean

    I grew up with a dad who prays the Liturgy of the Hours, and as a result, the Church’s daily pockets of prayer have always held a special attraction for me. Perhaps when I am an older woman, I will live the kind of life conducive to praying the… read more

  • Dr. Jesus and Nurse Mary

    by Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    After years of neglect by her drug-addicted mother, the social worker finally put eight-year-old Carol, into foster care. She was adopted by a loving family, but the damage had been done. Carol was wounded at a very deep level. Racked with low self-esteem… read more

  • Prayer for the Dead

    by Fr. Roland Guilmain

    Dear Father, I generally read the obituary column in my daily newspaper. Lately I’ve noticed that in obituaries which are clearly for Catholic families, there is a decrease in the number of funeral Masses that are included as part of the announcement. There… read more

  • The Healing Rosary

    by Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    In the Evangelical church in which I was raised, we didn’t hate Catholics, but we thought they were wrong. One of the areas we were convinced they were in error was their “Mary worship.”   As I followed the path to the Catholic… read more

  • But Mass Is So Boring!

    by Fr. Roland Guilmain

    Our pastor said in a homily that the Eucharist makes us more like Christ. It transforms us. Well, I go to Mass every Sunday, and I find it a rather boring routine. It’s always the same thing, week after week. I’m just as impatient and critical as ever. … read more

  • The Importance of Personal Prayer

    by Rachel Swenson Balducci

    Sharon Cosper knows the importance of prayer. For years she has started her days with quiet devotion, and when she makes the effort to spend time in prayer, Sharon notices the difference.   But these days, with three children under the age of … read more

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