Pray Without Ceasing

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Article Prayer and Sacraments

Tell us about your own prayer life. When did you start doing fixed-hour prayer?


Pray Without Ceasing

By Phyllis Tickle| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments

Tell us about your own prayer life. When did you start doing fixed-hour prayer?


Ritual rewards

By Kathy Saunders| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments

What Mary Hansen rmembers about her father's sudden death 22 years ago was praying the rosary at St. Anthony's Church in Tigard, Oregon. She and her family were surrounded by members of the parish whom they had known all of their lives. It was her family church and the place she had attended school. "It was soothing," she says of the funeral prayer service. "It had a very calming affect on the rest of the family." Her father, Emil Van Goethem, died of a heart attack at the age of 75. Praying together as a family helped Hansen, now 50, say goodbye to her dad.


Ritual rewards

By Kathy Saunders| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments

What Mary Hansen rmembers about her father's sudden death 22 years ago was praying the rosary at St. Anthony's Church in Tigard, Oregon. She and her family were surrounded by members of the parish whom they had known all of their lives. It was her family church and the place she had attended school. "It was soothing," she says of the funeral prayer service. "It had a very calming affect on the rest of the family." Her father, Emil Van Goethem, died of a heart attack at the age of 75. Praying together as a family helped Hansen, now 50, say goodbye to her dad.


The Mass is a genius . . .

By Brian Doyle| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments

AND I'LL TELL YOU WHY.

Because each and every Mass celebrated over the course of many centuries in many lands under every conceivable condition in every conceivable surrounding and language has gathered a random aggregate of people together for a miracle meal in the name of the Christ, and the whole point of Christ and the church that grew up in his name is to gather random aggregates of people in communion with the divine.

So the Mass is a constant and consistent microcosm of meaning.


The Mass is a genius . . .

By Brian Doyle| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments

AND I'LL TELL YOU WHY.

Because each and every Mass celebrated over the course of many centuries in many lands under every conceivable condition in every conceivable surrounding and language has gathered a random aggregate of people together for a miracle meal in the name of the Christ, and the whole point of Christ and the church that grew up in his name is to gather random aggregates of people in communion with the divine.

So the Mass is a constant and consistent microcosm of meaning.


What do you get out of Mass?

By Mary Lynn Hendrickson| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments

No doubt U.S. Catholic Reader C. Wall of Woodstock, Illinois speaks for many when she succinctly sums up what does and doesn't make for a good experience of the Mass. Good: "My family by my side, great homily, with a community I know." And the clinkers? "Poor, long, aimless homilies. Music I can't sing along with."


What do you get out of Mass?

By Mary Lynn Hendrickson| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Parish Life Prayer and Sacraments

No doubt U.S. Catholic Reader C. Wall of Woodstock, Illinois speaks for many when she succinctly sums up what does and doesn't make for a good experience of the Mass. Good: "My family by my side, great homily, with a community I know." And the clinkers? "Poor, long, aimless homilies. Music I can't sing along with."


Not-so-special delivery

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Environment
Sometimes the toxic waste is not just in babies' diapers.

The samples reviewed by the researchers at the Washington based Environmental Working Group contained on average more than 200 contaminants. Among them mercury, gasoline, waste by-products from coal and garbage burning, toxic traces of eight petroleum-based chemicals, carcinogenic residue from dozens of widely used flame retardants, pesticides, and much more.


The Creed: Do you believe what you just said?

By R. Scott Appleby| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology

I once knew a young priest, an affable fellow and gifted liturgist, who nonetheless had the annoying habit of omitting the Creed when he presided at Mass. On one occasion when I served as lector and he as presider, he explained to me privately his aversion to the profession of faith.


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