The Secret to Praying Better

Do we truly understand what we are asking? “Father, would you teach me how to pray better?” People are always surprised when I answer, “No,” so I have to offer an explanation.  I tell them that, “Jesus never said, ‘Pray better.’  He never said, ‘Pray well.’  He didn’t even say, ‘Pray often.’  He did say,

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What humans can do that angels can’t

Hint: Our very vulnerability gives us something angels can only admire but never achieve “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread,” said Alexander Pope, thereby proving that he understood more about men than he did about angels. Angels cannot fear anything because they cannot be harmed by anything. They are not vulnerable; that is to say, angels

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Mexican priest found bound, stabbed to death in his room

Authorities are investigating the murder of another Catholic priest in Mexico who was bound and stabbed to death in his room. According to local media, Father Luis López Villa, parish priest of San Isidro Labrador in Mexico State, was found dead in his room shortly after 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The suspects, who entered the

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The way ahead for gay Catholics

Two years ago Cardinal Vincent Nichols asked me to be his liaison and chaplain to the Farm Street LGBT group in central London Two years ago Cardinal Vincent Nichols asked me to be his liaison and chaplain to the Farm Street LGBT group in central London. That same week I was invited to be chaplain

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The art Pope Francis loves

What is Pope Francis’ idea of art? A new documentary titled ‘Pope Francis – My idea of art,’ delves into the Roman Pontiff’s artistic side and explore what art personally means to the Pope through a series of his favorite works. “The art of mercy is truly Pope Francis’ idea of art,” stated Barbara Jatta,

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A Message from Doubting Thomas on Freedom

An encounter with the Lord frees us from sin and fear, and frees us for mission and evangelization, said Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore in his homily at the closing Mass for the USCCB’s Fortnight for Freedom. The July 3 Mass was held during the Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Orlando, Florida, and concluded the

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2 Ways we get Prayer “Wrong”

Perhaps we think the offer of God to us is too good to be true… Are we sure that we’re praying right? Me neither. Let’s consider praying “right” by first looking at praying “wrong.” We get prayer wrong by praying either as an employee or as an orphan. As an “employee,” we adopt the attitude

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