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Why Pray the Rosary?

Many great popes, saints, and Christian leaders have exhorted us to pray the rosary. It’s a powerful prayer, they say, one that can change your life, strengthen the family, bring peace to the world, convert entire nations, and win the salvation of souls. But does the average person experience the rosary this way?
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One with God during Lent

Any way of life or activity that trains us to take the attention off ourselves is worthy to be called spiritual. On the other hand, there are many things called “spiritual” which, practiced in the wrong way, can make us increasingly self-centered. Raising a family may be exhausting and seem to leave little time for specific “spiritual practice,” but it is all about other-centeredness. It is a good preparation for meditation.
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Lent with Br. Casey: Called to Pray

You know what they say: “You can’t win the lottery without buying a ticket.” It seems fairly obvious, right? How could one ever expect to win without actually entering the contest? How could one expect to succeed without even trying?
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Ask a Franciscan: Can We Sing the Our Father?

Q. Why can’t we sing the Our Father at Mass? When I asked our parish organist, the response was that our parish was told not to do this. A. There is no general prohibition about this. I have participated in several Masses in St. Peter’s Basilica or in its square when the Our Father was sung in Latin. I have also participated in Masses where it was sung in English or in other languages.
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A Symphony of Priestly Prayer

Theologians make an important distinction between what  they call “devotional” and “liturgical” prayer. Devotional prayer, they tell us, is private in nature and is meant to help sustain us personally on the spiritual journey.
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Saint Francis and the Power of Prayer

Our lives are so easily fragmented between responsibilities to friends, family, employers, neighbors, and the larger human family that we may think we don’t have the time or energy for prayer. That was the experience of Saint Francis of Assisi up until his mid-twenties. Then he discovered that prayer was more real than many of the things he had been considering more important.
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Midlife Meditations

Growing older seems effortless, I discover, as I suddenly realize that my birthday is only weeks away. I have done nothing to hurry the hands of the clock. I have had no say in how one day melts into the next, or how months melt into one year, and then another. 
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On a Wing and a Prayer

What you are about to read is scientifically inexplicable. Try as they may, no one can figure it out. The Eastern Migrating Monarch (Danaus Plexippus) is an anomaly in nature. As stated, it goes through several changes to reach the Imago stage of mature adulthood: egg to caterpillar to pupa to butterfly--each stage of development having the identical DNA as the one before.
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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. It is true to think of Saint Francis’ writings as occasional and unsystematic. Nevertheless, taken as a whole, they offer constructive clues for what we might describe generally as Francis’ “instructions on prayer.”
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Prayer: The First Essential Practice of the Sacred Heart

There are a number of activities that bring devotion to the Sacred Heart alive in our hearts and lives. The Lord’s healing promises flow through our embrace of these aspects of the devotion. Love, of course, is at the center of all these actions—love for Jesus and a desire to have that love grow in our hearts as we receive more and more of his love for us.
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