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"For perfected souls every place is to them an oratory;
every moment a time of prayer."
-St. Catherine of Sienna
How can you make this very moment and place an oratory for prayer?
"O My God, relying on Thy almighty power and infinite mercy and promises,
I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of thy grace, and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer. Amen."
-An Act of Hope
Ponder this ancient prayer of the Church. How does it speak to your heart today?
"We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend on material success...Neither does it depend on arms and human industries,
but on Jesus alone."
-St. Frances Cabrini
Holy Spirit, come into my heart. Bring new life to the ancient prayers I learned as a child, and inspire me to voice my innermost thoughts to the God who knows them all. Amen.
"Whether or not our prayer is heard depends not on the number of words,
but on the fervor of our souls."
-St. John Chrysostom
How can we inflame the fervor of our souls?
Can a person be "medically kidnapped"? This is the question being asked by attorneys at the Life Legal Defense Foundation who are working with the daughter of an elderly Alabama woman who has been forced into hospice care by the state – even though she is not terminally ill - and put under the control of a third-party guardian.
"Mental prayer is, as I see it, simply a friendly intercourse and frequent solitary conversation with Him who, as we know, loves us."
-St. Teresa of Avila
Prayer is much life a relationship and as described by St. Teresa of Avila, involves friendly intercourse and conversation. How can you cultivate the gift of mental prayer in your life?
"Pray the Rosary for children, and even more, with children, training them from their earliest years to experience this daily pause for prayer with the family, is admittedly not the solution to every problem, but it is a spiritual aid which should not be underestimated."
-St. John Paul II, Rosarium Virginis Mariae
How can you make the Rosary part of your family prayer life?
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