Prayers for the Vatican Staff

At the Vatican today a man is threatening to jump off of the dome! How he got up there in the first place is a question I’d like to ask. Vatican security is trying to talk him down. The networks will steer clear of live coverage in case of the worst scenario. So please pray […]

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Do You Say Grace in Restaurants?

So a student I know, Brendan, writes on his tumblr today: It’s very rare to see a group of friends saying grace before a meal at a restaurant (even my own youth group is guilty of not praying before a meal when we go out to eat). We are too often afraid to reveal the […]

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Buzz Aldrin Received the Eucharist on the Moon?

Editor’s note: Buzz Aldrin was Presbyterian…a snip from an old post in Guideposts from 1989: Before the lift-off, Aldrin was looking for a way to honor God’s presence in the Apollo 11 space mission. He talked with his minister, Dean Woodruff of Webster Presbyterian Church in Houston. When in their discussions the Christian sacrament of […]

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Comfort: Not Enough or Too Much?

Do you ever feel uncomfortable? I hope so because that might indeed be good for you. Thus is the thesis of my former colleague, Fr. Brett Hoover’s new book called Comfort: An Atlas for the Body and Soul. Not enough comfort and we’re dreading life and perhaps even untrusting. Too much comfort and we become […]

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A Morning Prayer

Lord, today is going to be stressful, I fear. Help me not to fear but to praise you in this morning, knowing that all I need is to find you and my stress shall be removed. Lead me therefore, not into this temptation, where my anxiety gets the best of me. Rather, deliver me from […]

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Hearing Everything

Becky Eldridge reflects ironically on the noises all around her as she seeks silence on a young adult retreat this week. It is there that she finds God all around–in parties, music, baseball bats and in helicopters searching for a murderer: Turning back to the young adults breathing deeply in the silence and in their […]

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Is It Hard to Be Silent?

After reading about monk’s commitment to silence I was up late and engaged with just a portion of the great movie Into Great Silence, which is based on an amazing book, An Infinity of Little Hours. It’s the story of Carthusian Monks who keep silent mostly reserving speech only when absolutely necessary. Here’s just a […]

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Monks Don’t Vow Silence

Carl McColman over at Patheos has a great piece on how the Cistercians respect for silence has been misinterpreted over the years as a vow. Their restraint on speech comes from a different place. He compares their affinity for silence to the commitment that married couples make to one another as the result of their […]

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Attacking Bishops From an Unlikely Source

Often people on the far Catholic Left have little use for Bishops on the Catholic right–which they would claim are most Bishops. While I’m not sure that’s true (perhaps popular Bishops would be more accurate?) Michael Sean Winters reports that Bishops often get more flack from the right-wing of the church. From Distinctly Catholic Now, […]

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