Praying

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  • Read the Bible? Me?

    by Alice Camille

    How many words does it take to change your life? For most of us, it depends on which words we may be waiting for. “Marry me!” “I forgive you.” “You have talent, kid.” “The test results look good.” One thing… read more

  • You’re more spiritual than you think

    by James Martin, SJ

    Incompletion“Is that all there is?” sang Peggy Lee in the 1960s. “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for,” sang Bono in the 1980s. Your wish for “something more” may be a sign of your desire for God… read more

  • Bless me, Mother

    by Annemarie Scobey-Polacheck

    Five minutes before my children go to bed, I am not feeling very holy. They are tired, and I am exhausted. There are blue globs of toothpaste in the sink basin because Jamie, 5, isn’t tall enough to spit right into the drain. There is often a trail… read more

  • A family blessing for a returning service member

    by Paul Boudreau

    Returning troops all have had different experiences. Some, like Emilio Sanchez, have served in combat. Others worked as medics, gunners, truck drivers, or on ships offshore. But all have been exposed to the violence and human degradation of war. Some… read more

  • How to pray the Rosary

    by Catholic Digest Staff

     It is customary to assign each chaplet to a particular day of the week. Rosarium Virginis Mariae (RVM) suggests that the Joyful mysteries be prayed on Monday and Saturday, the Luminous on Thursday, the Sorrowful on Tuesday and Friday, and the Glorious … read more

  • How the Rosary teaches us to pray

    by Thomas H. Groome

    Like many Catholics, I grew up in a family that recited the Rosary every night. And we knew why we did; as Mom would often assure us, the most effective person to take our prayers to Jesus was his own mother. As a good son, how could He refuse her?  … read more

  • Say a little prayer for me

    by Alice Camille

    Years ago I listened to a friend speak earnestly about her prayer practices. She talked about the time of day at which she normally prays and the place in her home set aside for this purpose. She told me about the manner of prayer she prefers, how she got… read more

  • Lord, make me whole again!

    by Dan Schutte

    Sometimes we mistakenly think that our faith is primarily about understanding the truths of our faith, or professing a particular creed of beliefs, or learning the Holy Scriptures. Our faith, at its core, is about our relationship with God, and with … read more

  • Get closer to God in four simple steps

    by Jim Manney

    How do we allow the Scripture, in all its awesome power, to draw us closer to God? One important spiritual discipline that can help us is called lectio divina, which is Latin for “sacred reading.” It’s one of the oldest forms of Christian… read more

  • Prayer on the run

    by David Philippart

    Go ahead. Admit it. You feel just a little guilty when it comes to prayer — you wish you prayed more or better. Some days, you may even wish you had prayed at all. These are actually good impulses, promptings of the Holy Spirit to deepen your relationship with… read more

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