When God Feels Far Away in Prayer

Do you ever have moments or seasons in life when you don’t feel close to God? Although dryness in prayer can be frustrating and defeating, it is a natural part of our relationship with God. Today, Dr. Sri offers us advice to navigate those times when God feels far away, and encourages us to remain faithful no matter how we…

A Prayer Meditation on the Sacred Heart of Jesus

We have spent some time looking at the various wounds of the heart, wounds that can be extremely painful and destructive, and are in desperate need of tending and care. We have looked at how the Sacred Heart of Jesus offers the perfect remedy for these wounds, but it can still be difficult to approach healing beyond the intellectual understanding…

Why Fasting Is Such a Powerful Form of Prayer

Jackie Francois Angel and Kim Zember discuss why fasting, when combined with prayer, is a powerful way to draw closer to God.  Fasting is not dieting, though. If we make it about dieting we may focus too much on ourselves which would then defeat the point of fasting—to grow in humility and holiness. So fasting should always be accompanied by…

All About Prayer

Father Josh answers questions all about prayer on today’s podcast. From Liturgy of the Hours, to praying through anxiety, to bringing the family into prayer. Blessing your children at the end of the night with Holy Water and the cross on their forehead, is a simple way to cultivate the holy family life rooted in the domestic church of Jesus…

4 Reasons for Dryness in Prayer

Fr. Josh Johnson gives four reasons why we may experience dryness in prayer, and they’re all experiences we are probably familiar with: Our sin: Sometimes our heart is oriented toward the wrong things, and this interferes with our ability to perceive God’s presence. We’re sick and/or tired: Sometimes we just don’t feel well, had a long day, and/or didn’t get…

The Psalms: Prayers from the Heart of a King

“The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.” Psalm 19:1 “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your merciful love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.” Psalm 51:1 Some psalms are grand, while others are simple. There are psalms of joy and psalms of suffering; psalms of lament and psalms…

God’s Default (And Perfect) Answer to Prayer

Genesis tells us that God spoke and everything was created. It is within God’s nature to be creative, in the perfect sense of the word. His thought, the Word—whom we affectionately call Jesus—is creative. We are made in his image and likeness. So it is within our nature to be creative, to use our intelligence to understand the world we…

Saints’ Thoughts on Prayer after Communion

Perhaps the most important moments of our lives are the moments after we receive Holy Communion. It is a bold statement to make, but it is easy to see why. After all, we have just received the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, what could be more important? And yet, these moments are also, perhaps, some our most…

Prayer Teams: Their Roots and Their Potential

As Catholic Christians, we should hopefully all know how much power there is in prayer. The greatest prayer of all lies first in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. But if we’re only able to participate in one Mass each week, on Sunday, what are we doing for the rest of those 167 hours of the week to witness to…

Tips for Staying Focused in Prayer

The best tips for staying focused in prayer involve the basic who and what questions, Fr. Josh Johnson says. St. Theresa of Avila, a Doctor of the Church, said that whenever we pray, if it is to be authentic, we need to know who we are talking to and what we are talking about. This is why the Church gives…

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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