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Practical Lenten Ideas PAUL MASEK'S BLOG - March 5, 2014 ... If you are like me, perhaps you've made Lenten commitments in the past that were difficult – if not impossible - to maintain. Broken Lenten promises can easily lead to unnecessary guilt and shame, which then leads to despair. In previous Lenten seasons, I have found myself lamenting, "If I can't keep these simple promises, why should I even try?" It's important to keep trying to because our attempts make God happy. One of my favorite prayers by Thomas Merton includes these lines "I ...http://stlyouth.org/practical-lenten-ideas
§ Personal Modalities of Prayer BARTIMAEUS' QUIET PLACE - February 28, 2014 About Personal Modalities pf Prayer The Essence of Prayer is in Personal Dialog with God My dear fellow Pilgrims in Christ Jesus, In my previous article on Worship I presented to you a section from Jorge Madrid's reflections on prayer as he has personally experienced it. I intentionally began with his essay on Worship because it emphasizes the importance of coming before the Father "in spirit and in truth" whenever we ...http://quietplace4prayer.wordpress.com/2014/02/28/%C2%A7-personal-modalities-of-prayer/
Too Busy to Pray! NUNBLOG - January 10, 2014 ... community. Plus a messy stack of business cards that I haven't figured out where to file, and a few printed sheets that are on the floor in my doorway so I remember to deal with them. I know that doesn't look like too many people's definition of temptation, but it sure is just that for me. See, one of the biggest threats to my prayer life comes in the form of the impulse to "make room for prayer" by clearing up my to-do list--or at least ...http://romans8v29.blogspot.com/2014/01/too-busy-to-pray.html
Toward the Cloister Door THE CLOISTERED HEART - January 9, 2014 ... open before me, nothing blocks it. Once I reach the heavy, ancient door, I won't even have to open it. All I'll have to do is knock. Still. I hesitate. I stand. I am alone, looking at the silent gray building just up the hill. A chill wind stings my face. I took one last look at myself before catching the bus here: one last glance, for I know there are no mirrors in cloisters. My face looked good (may the saints forgive me, I'll say pretty), although a bit ...http://www.thecloisteredheart.org/2014/01/toward-cloister-door.html
"Never Be Afraid of Tenderness" MISSIONARY PRIEST BLOGGER - December 16, 2013 ... became a child who was entirely dependent on the care of a father and mother. This is why Christmas gives us so much joy. We don't feel alone any more; God has come down to be with us. Jesus became one of us and suffered the worst death for us, that of a criminal on the Cross." Christmas is often presented as a sugar-coated fairy tale. But God is born into a world where there is also a great deal of suffering and misery. "The message announced to us in the Gospels is a message of joy. The ...http://missionarypriest.blogspot.com/2013/12/never-be-afraid-of-tenderness.html
Supreme Court to Consider Religious Prayer at Government Meetings CLERICAL WHISPERS - November 10, 2013 ... faith in the public square, the Supreme Court on Wednesday began to consider religious prayers that convene government meetings. At issue in Greece v. Galloway is whether such invocations pass constitutional muster, even when government officials are not purposefully proselytizing or discriminating. Can a town council, for example, open its meetings with prayers invoking Jesus Christ, as happened repeatedly in the town of Greece, N.Y.? ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2013/11/supreme-court-to-consider-religious.html