The method of prayer I use to prepare the reflections on the scriptures of the day is a form of what is known in the Christian tradition as Lectio Divina.
So much that is taught and written about prayer serves only to convince us that prayer is a complex project to be mastered.
a prayer encouragement for the feast of Francis.
We are challenged by Jesus to forgive those who harm us, but as hard as we try we are unable to do this and often we don’t even want to forgive.
God’s gaze on me is the heart of prayer. God does all the work – and I am transformed.
… discreetly in a restaurant, or unashamedly before a meeting, a performance or in competition on the sports field.
The emails that have accompanied most of the prayer requests I have received this week have been moving and inspiring.
I like the bold approach of the Jews, marching up to Jesus as he strolls between the columns: “If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”
Here is the first of the prayer podcasts – 15 minutes of gentle reflection with a lot of silence, beginning with the sound of church bells, a traditional call to prayer.
In this reflection I share some of the most helpful advice ever given to me about prayer. I hope you find it as encouraging as I have.
I often hear people comment that their faith is weak, or that they have little faith. I often feel the same way.
We ignore our feelings at our peril. However the feelings that are uppermost in human consciousness are simply a starting point for discernment.
There are moments many days, and minutes and even hours and sometimes days every week when we feel a bit dead.
Jesus is not God-far-from-us-up-in-the-heavens, but Jesus is God WITH us.
You might like to share this post with grandparents who will appreciate some encouragement on this their feast day.
I was privileged to be asked to give the homily at the Mass of Thanksgiving of Fr. Isaac Fransen