Praying Backward

What is your prayer time structured like?

woman-praying-with-bible-featured-w480x300-300x187“Our private prayer is meant to mirror the public prayer of the Church—the liturgy. In the first part of the Mass, our prayer is devoted to listening to God’s Word: the Liturgy of the Word. In the second half of the Mass, we participate in the most beautiful prayer of thanksgiving: the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Sandwiched cozily in between listening to Scripture and giving thanks, we lift up our petitions to God, what we call the Prayers of the Faithful. But here’s the thing about our petitions: they make up a mere fraction of the entirety of the liturgy. Almost all of the Mass, we are listening to God and giving thanks and praise to God, and for just a few brief moments, we are telling Him what we need.”

Read more here. Can you relate?

Happy Feast of St. Luke!

St. Luke, the Gospel writer and physician, is the patron saint of artists, brewers, butchers, doctors, notaries, painters, physicians and surgeons.

In his Gospel, St. Luke emphasizes the universality of salvation, the poor and lowly, God’s mercy, and joy in following Jesus.

“Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; henceforth you will be catching men.'” -Luke 5:10

St. Luke, pray for us!

Happy Solemnity of the Birth of John the Baptist!

Today we celebrate the birth of John the Baptist, the great herald of the Gospel, preparing the way for Christ. John recognized his mission from God to point to the son of God and the coming of the Kingdom, and he lived that vocation with great passion…even unto death. His attitude toward Christ is summed up in his beautiful words:

“He must increase; I must decrease.” (John 3:30)

We can all learn from John and point others toward Christ every day of our lives. How can you bring the Good News to people in your life today and this week?

John the Baptist, pray for us!

Happy Feast of Blessed Pope John XXIII

Blessed John XXIII is perhaps most well known for his convening of the Second Vatican Council. He was a humble man, passionate about bringing the Church to understand the Gospel better.

“Mother and Teacher of all nations—such is the Catholic Church in the mind of her Founder, Jesus Christ; to hold the world in an embrace of love, that men, in every age, should find in her their own completeness in a higher order of living, and their ultimate salvation.” -Blessed John XXIII, Mater et Magistra (Mother and Teacher)

Blessed Pope John XXIII, pray for us!

WANTED: Courageous Apostles

“Pope Benedict said at his Wednesday general audience that the modern world needs ‘zealous’ disciples of Christ, who will fight religious indifference with the ‘light and beauty’ of the Gospel…”

Read more of this article from Catholic News Agency. pope-benedict-xvi

Are you living as a zealous disciple of Christ? Is your witness of life bringing a light to the darkness of indifference in our world?

Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul!

Today we celebrate the feast of the conversion of the great “apostle to the st-paulGentiles.” After his conversion, St. Paul spread the Gospel fervently and with tremendous love for the Lord about whom he preached.

Read about the conversion of this great saint here.

St. Paul, great evangelist and example of God’s mercy, pray for us!

Good Article Alert!

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Check out this article on “The Problem of Evil” by Dr. Peter Kreeft on the Integrated Catholic Life.

“The Cross is God’s part of the practical solution to evil. Our part, according to the same Gospel, is to repent, to believe, and to work with God in fighting evil by the power of love.”

Happy Feast of St. Matthew!

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Today is the Feast of St. Matthew, tax collector turned apostle of Christ. In his Gospel, we read: “…’Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ But when he heard it, he said, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but the sick.'” (Matthew 9:11-12)

Read more about St. Matthew and the Gospel of Matthew here: Roman Catholic Saints–St. Matthew and Catholic Answers New Testament Guide: Matthew.

St. Matthew, pray for us, that we may have the courage to answer God’s call, leave all behind, and follow Him!