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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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The Mysterious “Holy Icons – Preserving” Bees

In Greece, a pious beekeeper has a habit of putting icons in his beehives. The icons bless the bees … and the bees protect the icons. For a decade, a beekeeper named Sidoros Ţiminis, living in the region of Kapandriti, near Athens, has kept a tradition: every spring, he slips icons of Christ, the Holy

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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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Seven Great Reasons to Go to Confession Tomorrow (and Often)

Confession is a gift that keeps on giving. Go early, go often and bring the kids. At the Gregorian Institute at Benedictine College, we believe it is time for Catholics to imaginatively and vigorously promote confession. But don’t take our word for it. “The renewal of the Church in America depends on the renewal of

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God’s Holy Weapons against Satan

God’s holy weapons against Satan, Part 1: The gift of prophecy Fourth in a series on spiritual warfare: Elijah and the power of obedience “Consider well the seed that gave you birth: you were not made to live as brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge” (Dante, ‘Inferno,’ Canto 26). The spiritual life is a constant

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The Strategies of Satan

The strategies of Satan, Part 1: The “Jezebel” tactic First in a series on spiritual warfare: The satanic attack that exploits our fear, lust, wounds and lukewarmness “But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel…” (Rev. 2:20) “Jezebel” is a name that is reviled throughout Scripture and Christian history. Parents would

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