Real men pray

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Article Spirituality
The whispered prayers of a father make a lasting lesson for his daughter in this reflection from our archives.

I lie in bed thinking of the memories these walls hold. I'm visiting my parents, sleeping in my old room, and remembering a night 30 years ago just before I left home to join a religious order. I thought then that nothing would ever be the same, that the next time I returned things would be different at home and I would be different.


Take a closer look: Lectio Divina

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Article Prayer and Sacraments Scripture and Theology
There's more to praying with scripture than the words on the page.

At my 30th class reunion, one of the lectures offered was by a young psychologist doing cognitive research. He showed us a three-minute video, and our task was to watch two basketball teams, one in white uniforms and one in black, and count the number of straight passes and the number of bounce passes made by the team in white.


Om-schooled: How Yoga can influence your Catholic prayer

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Article Prayer and Sacraments Spirituality
Catholics can take a lesson from the Hindu tradition of yoga when it comes to praying with body, mind, and spirit.

Walking into the dark chapel, gothic arches soaring overhead and didactic glass staining the pews with jewel-toned light, I tried to calm my mind. Papers, classes, work, broken relationships, my future. The thoughts sparked in rapid succession, a finale-on-the-Fourth-of-July-show in my mind. I dropped a knee to the cold floor, blessed myself, and slumped into the nearest pew.


Rick Steves' 5 most spiritual places to travel to in Europe

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Article Spirituality

I enjoy being open to spiritual experiences while on the road, and there’s no more spiritual experience than traveling to the developing world. To be with the world’s desperate and downtrodden is to be with Christ. My expertise as a writer and guide, however, is traveling through Europe, which also offers plenty of opportunities to get close to God. Here is my guide to five places in Europe that stoke my spirit.


Look who's talking: Personal conversations with God

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Article Spirituality
What’s so odd about talking to God over a cup of coffee?

Mother without child: A Mother's Day reflection

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Article Marriage and Family Spirituality
All women share the gift of motherhood—whether they have children or not.

I will not be attending church this Sunday, because it’s Mother’s Day, and I choose not to be present at that inevitable moment when all the mothers of the congregation are recognized.


Entered into evidence: Vatican investigates women religious

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Article Vatican Women
Two years ago, we ran a survey asking women religious to respond to the Vatican investigation. While we've yet to hear an official response from the Leadership Council of Women Religious regarding the Vatican's assessment, we know that many women religious weren't happy about the investigation when it was announced.

Be quiet: What do you do on a silent retreat?

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Article Spirituality
The most common question about my retreat is also the simplest: What exactly do you do?

All you have to do is show up—and shut up,” said the Jesuit priest, drawing a final chuckle from a group of 40 people settling down for a week of silent retreat. God would do the rest, we were all promised; we had done our part by getting there.


A year in the Promised Land

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Article War and Peace
 A student abroad observes how past and present shape the future of the Holy Land.
 

October 4, 2010


Via dolorosa: Walking the Stations of the Cross while on chemo

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Spirituality
When you're on chemo, the Stations of the Cross take on a whole new meaning. 

Growing up Catholic in the 1970s, I remember the older women in our parish staying after Mass and praying before the Stations of the Cross. They would walk silently and slowly, stopping to pray at each of the 14 depictions of Jesus' final hours. I learned to think of the stations in the same way I thought of the rosary: They were for old people, a throwback to a pre-Vatican II time, and they held no meaning for me.


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