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The Gospel of Prayer

One of the places we can turn to for help in learning how to pray is the Gospel of Luke. More so than any of the other Gospels, his is the Gospel of prayer. Luke gives us glimpses of Jesus praying in virtually every kind of situation: Jesus prays when he is joy-filled, he prays when he is in agony, he prays with others around him, and he prays when he is alone at night, withdrawn from all human contact. He prays high on a mountain, on a sacred place, and he prays on the level plane, where ordinary life happens.
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Let's Refocus on Faith

Have you ever caught yourself daydreaming during a conversation, realizing you haven’t heard a word? Perhaps you were thinking about work, a sick relative, or even the crazy state of the world. Before you go on a guilt trip, remember that you are human and sometimes it takes a conscious effort to be present—to stay tuned-in to spirituality.
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Celebrating Mother Mary

May is one of the most beloved months of the Church year because it has been designated as the month of Our Lady. And thanks to Scripture, Friar Roger Lopez says, we have a window into who Mary really was.
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Ave Maria: Calling upon Mother Mary

The Hail Mary has always been one of my favorite prayers and the one that I rely upon the most when I feel the need for assistance from the Mother of God. One of the first prayers I was taught, it reminds me of my grandmothers, May crownings and Marian songs.
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Letting Go and Shedding Layers of Myself

On a trip from the United States to Innsbruck, Austria, an ordinary experience exposed one of my patterns and gave me great insight into how I was living my life.
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Be a Living Prayer

Unlike Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s concentrated, step-by-step instructions for prayer in his Spiritual Exercises, Saint Francis of Assisi’s guidance for those who wish to follow his example of prayer and devotion is more diffuse.
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Honoring All of Creation

Is anyone else tired of our how polarized and paralyzed our national politics have become? At a time when we desperately need creative leadership from the men and women we elect to office, I long for leaders who govern from the center of their being.
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A Friar's Reflection on Mary

"God is love," John Quigley, OFM, says. "And God wanted a physical way to be God." Enter Mary. God chose this young woman from Nazareth to be the mother of his son. And through her holiness and trust in God, Mary ushered Jesus into the universe.
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Sacred Violence

Both René Girard and Gil Bailie have taught us that the most effective and common way to turn social hatred into social harmony is via a scapegoat. It works so well, it gathers the community so quickly, that it has endured through most of human history. Now it is the normal story line, so normal that we hardly see it. It remains denied, invisible, and unnoticed.
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Models of Faith: The Virgin Mary

When I was younger, it bothered me when Jesus addressed his Mother as “Woman” in the Gospels. This was long before I had grown into my own womanhood, or knew what it meant to be a woman. Now I hear that word in a new light.
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