How to Pray Lectio Divina – Part 1

Father Mark Toups explains how to pray lectio divina using the ancient form of Catholic prayer. This four part lesson is taken from the comprehensive eight part study, Oremus, A Guide to Catholic Prayer. The Oremus study goes even further teaching the essentials of effective and fruitful prayer, how to express oneself to God in prayer, and how to hear…

How to Pray Lectio Divina – Part 2

Father Mark Toups teaches how to meditate on the Word of God, explaining how to discern what the Lord is saying to you in your life. Reflecting on personal experience, he shares what implications certain Scripture texts had in his life, and teaches how you can make a Bible passage your own message from God.

How to Pray Lectio Divina – Part 4

In this final part, Father Mark Topus teaches his audience to rest in God’s presence, explaining the mystery of contemplation. This intense form of prayer is where God strengthens us with his power, making our prayers effective and fruitful, so we may be rooted in his love.

An Invitation to Pray: Rosary for Racial Repentance (with Tara Winder)

This week, Fr. Josh invites you to pray a decade of the rosary with him and Tara Winder for the intention of repentance. True repentance leads to authentic racial reconciliation within the Church and our nation. Fr. Josh prays a Lectio Divina Rosary, where he will read a piece of scripture, pray on it, and then apply the section to…

Praying the Bible: To Ponder and Consume

A great professor I had in college spoke to our class one day about something he called, “praying the Bible.” He explained that this can be seen as a form of lectio divina, but it is truly in its own category. The mission and motive of this prayer is to read a Gospel passage, or any Bible passage, slowly and…

How Do You Pray with the Bible?

You know you should be praying. But do you ever wish someone would show you how? Fr. Mike starts by showing us how to pray with the Bible with a time-honored method called lectio divina. Typically it consists of five steps: Read a short snippet of Scripture, a few verses. (This is the “lectio” part.) Meditate on those verses. Think…

How Do You Pray with the Bible?

You know you should be praying. But do you ever wish someone would show you how? Fr. Mike starts by showing us how to pray with the Bible with a time-honored method called lectio divina. Typically it consists of five steps: Read a short snippet of Scripture, a few verses. (This is the “lectio” part.) Meditate on those verses. Think…

An Invitation to Pray: Rosary for Racial Reconciliation

This week, Fr. Josh invites you to pray a decade of the rosary with him for the intention of racial reconciliation in our country.  SHOWNOTES Fr. Josh prays a Lectio Divina Rosary, where he will read a piece of scripture, pray on it, and then apply the section to his decade.  The Agony in the Garden Luke 22:44 – “And…

Don’t Feel Like Praying? Try This

When you don’t feel like praying, try doing these things suggested by Jackie and Bobby:  Establish a reward system. Don’t do the things you want to do until you pray. Pray with another person. This will help keep you accountable. Maybe join a Bible study with a friend or two. If you don’t want to pray, turn that into a…

An Invitation to Pray with Father Josh

Father Josh shares a message of hope and perseverance for these escalating times of COVID-19. He reminds us how to pray Lectio Divina, modeling this spiritual exercise as he reflects on the way the apostle John responded when Jesus was taken away from him.  Lectio Divina Read. What does the text say in and of itself? Meditate. What does the…

How to Build Your Prayer Life This Year

Father Mark-Mary shares a goal-setting technique that helped make Google…well, Google. But instead of using this goal-setting technique for worldly gain, Father shows you how to use it to build your prayer life and establish a routine that will change your life. First, you’ll need to develop a taste for prayer. You’ll start with 20 minutes of prayer a day…

Common Difficulties in Prayer

Sometimes when we have difficulties in prayer, we forget that everyone experiences these difficulties, even religious. Mother Clare joins Fr. Mark-Mary to encourage you to persevere through the dry or dark times in prayer.  No one who prays, not even religious, are strangers to spiritual sloth—those times when the graces of prayerfulness and fidelity just aren’t flowing and prayer just…
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