Should we hold hands during the Lord's prayer?

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Article Prayer and Sacraments
Holding hands (or not) is less important than praying in a “commonly bodily posture,” as the body of Christ.

Week Two: Lent provides a perfect opportunity for conversion

By Father Allan Figueroa Deck, S.J.| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Social Justice

Students of Pope Francis summarize his agenda with the phrase “pastoral conversion.” Lent is an especially suitable time to think and pray about conversion. But what is pastoral conversion?


Week One: Three keys to making holiness a habit during Lent

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Article Prayer and Sacraments Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Spirituality

Lent is a time to rid ourselves of habits that are doing little good, or even causing harm, to ourselves and others, and to replace them with habits that are life-giving. Unfortunately, old habits die hard. And contrary to the popular notion that habits can be changed in 21 days, experts tell us that it can take up to a year to change old habits and develop new ones. Lent is 40 days for a reason—holiness is a habit, and habits take time to take hold.


It's time to separate church and state marriages

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Article Marriage and Family Prayer and Sacraments
The church should focus on marriage as a sacrament and leave civil marriages to a local judge.

Sounding Boards are one person's take on a many-sided subject and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.


Why was Jesus baptized?

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Article Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology
The baptism of Jesus was more than just a symbolic swim.

Don't be stingy with the sacraments

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Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments
Instead of greeting people with the third degree, the church should welcome them with open arms.

Sounding Boards are one person's take on a many-sided subject and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of U.S. Catholic, its editors, or the Claretians.

One day a woman came to our church office just wanting me to bless her 3-year-old son. Boy, did he put up a fight. The only offices he knew were medical offices, and he thought I was going to give him a shot. Unfortunately, that little boy is not the only Catholic intimidated to visit a church office.


I soap and pray: How doing the dishes can inspire prayer

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Article Prayer and Sacraments Spirituality
Wash your own dishes and see the spiritual insights that bubble up.

The Eucharist and our obligation to the poor

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Article Prayer and Sacraments
The real bread of the Eucharist has plenty to say about people starving while others eat $17 burgers.

What Julian of Norwich can teach us about prayer

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Article Prayer and Sacraments Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Spirituality Women

After spending 20 years meditating on a number of visions, Julian of Norwich developed a deep understanding of God and produced her famous work, Revelations of Divine Love. Through her words, one can see the fruits of contemplative meditation.

While interviewing Father William Meninger on the topic of contemplative meditation for our November 2013 issue, we asked him what else we might learn from this 14th-century woman’s writings.


More Catholics share how they pray

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Article Prayer and Sacraments

Prayer can be mysterious—in particular, other people’s prayer can be mysterious. In our November issue, we went ahead and asked six brave souls to reveal the benefits they reap and the struggles they have when they pray ("Private practices: The real prayer lives of Catholics," pages 12-17).

Here are a few additional Catholics who were willing to give us a glimpse into their day-to-day prayer lives:

 


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