Don't be stingy with the sacraments
Instead of greeting people with the third degree, the church should welcome them with open arms.
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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
Wash your own dishes and see the spiritual insights that bubble up.
The Eucharist and our obligation to the poor
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
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.
More Catholics share how they pray
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:
Sit down and be quiet: How to practice contemplative meditation
When you try to pray, do you fidget? Do you keep starting a grocery list in your head? Don’t worry. Just give God 20 minutes.
When Father William Meninger left his post in the Diocese of Yakima, Washington in 1963 to join the Trappists at St. Joseph Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts, he told his mother, “That’s it, Mom. I’ll never be outside again.”
Private practices: The real prayer lives of Catholics
Pray tell, when was the last time you actually talked to anyone about your prayer life? Six Catholics open up about how they talk—and listen—to God each day.
Don't look now: How to practice custody of the eyes
Practicing custody of the eyes helps us stay focused on the important stuff.
The first time I heard the phrase “custody of the eyes,” I was not much older than 6 or 7. I was sitting beside my mom during Mass with her arm draped over my shoulder, one hand gripping me tightly. She was practicing that silent Catholic mom death grip—the one that says, “Be quiet and look straight ahead at the altar.” The task of looking directly ahead would have been easier if my dad weren’t fast asleep at the end of the pew.
35 years ago in U.S. Catholic: Bring back the rosary
By Father Daniel Berrigan, S.J.
This article appeared in the October 1978 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 43, No. 10, pages 24-25).
Religious devotions are a little like lost-and-found objects. Something gets lost, at least in the sense of losing sight of it. And then we come on it again, unexpectedly perhaps, lying there at our feet. It had been there all the time. But now it has about it a kind of glow, a patina. It is something like an old coin, the gospel says; we have every right to rejoice in finding it again.
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