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The Power of Tradition and Sacred Scripture

There are many non-binding disciplinary, liturgical (meaning ceremonial), and/or devotional traditions that arose in the local churches over time. Those are “small t” traditions that can and often do change with time or circumstance. “Big T” Tradition is distinguished from various theological, disciplinary, liturgical, or devotional traditions, born in the local churches over time.
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Answering the Call to Prayerfulness

Every moment and every event of every person’s life on earth plants something in his soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of [people]. Most of these unnumbered seeds perish and are lost, because [people] are not prepared to receive them: for such seeds as these cannot spring up anywhere except in the good soil of freedom, spontaneity, and love. —Th‹omas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation
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Examining Catholic Prayers

Image: Josh Applegate. One of the best things about being a part of the Catholic Church is the access we have to 2,000 years’ worth of history, traditions, and, perhaps most importantly, prayers. Countless saints, priests, and laypeople have come up with ways to pray since the Church’s inception, leaving us with the ability to communicate with God however we want. One problem with this arrangement, however, is that some forms of prayer get forgotten among the myriad of other forms. Certain kinds of prayer like the Rosary seem to be immune to this process, but one form of prayer that is becoming hugely important in my prayer life isn’t often talked about: the Ignatian Daily Examen.
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Catholic Prayer: A Surprise within a Surprise

  Image: Wayne S. Grazio. In the preparation of the book, Prayer in the Catholic Tradition: A Handbook of Practical Approaches, I wanted to surprise the readers but, in the process of editing the 45 contributions, something unforeseen also happened to me. I experienced deeply for myself the richness, breadth, and relevance of Catholic prayer as never before.
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