During a year where there has been less ‘togetherness’ than we’re used to, it feels especially profound to draw near to those we love in prayer in this intentional way.
I understand prayer a lot differently now, I think, in part, because I understand God differently.
The Prayers of a Child My kids, well the ones old enough to talk, talk to God like he's a friend. They just tell him what they hope for in their own lives, and who they want to intercede for. Felicity for the longest time prayed for her preschool teacher who had a bothersome tooth. … Continue reading The Prayers of My Children
(The article below originally appeared on Catholic Stand. Click here to read.) Letters To God While sorting through a bin of items from my childhood, I came across several pages of prayer journals. In different phases of my life, I would write my prayers to God in letter form. The letters are written in such … Continue reading Finding Peace Amidst Chaos In Adoration (Catholic Stand)
This Catholic Family had the privilege to participate in an interview with the Son Rise Morning Show about our recent article on Why I Pray To Saints. It was a pleasure to be interviewed for the show, and here's a link to the podcast. This Catholic Family's interview takes place at 78:30. Son Rise Morning … Continue reading Son Rise Morning Show Interview!
Praying to Saints is one of those big dividing lines between the Catholic and Protestant worlds. I was very against it as a Protestant. But what I found as I first began to explore the Catholic faith, is a lot of the confusion stems from different definitions of the same word, and an answer that … Continue reading Why I Pray To Saints
Before I was Catholic, I focused on Mary during the holiday season. I mostly thought about her, pregnant and heavy laden, making the long journey for the census just before her baby was to be born. Tired, searching for a place to rest. Giving birth in a dirty, humble place. Holding the infant Jesus in a … Continue reading Finding A New Mother In Mary
I've heard the following statements, or some variation, from friends and acquaintences over the years: "Mass is too long." "Catholics always look bored." "You guys just do the same things over and over." But... is Mass really too long? Are Catholics all super bored? Is doing the same thing over and over again really that … Continue reading Isn’t Being Catholic Repetitive and Boring?
Oh my goodness. As a Protestant, Purgatory was the weirdest. Along with the Mary stuff. I didn't think about Purgatory much, but when I did, I had no idea what Catholics were thinking. I thought Purgatory was some sort of bizarre waiting place, like a really long DMV line. Or a bus route that just … Continue reading Why I Believe In Purgatory
There's a Christian song I really like called "Lead Me To The Cross." In one line the singer asks God to "Rid me of myself." The song and that lyric in particular have always resonated with me. As I think about the lives of the Saints- those people who followed God to the extreme, it … Continue reading Empty Me… Fill Me