Saturday, November 27, 2021



The Prayer of Thanksgiving

In the series of articles about prayer that I am currently working through, we have looked at what Father Eamon Tobin described in 13 Powerful Ways to Pray as the four keys of effective prayer. From here, I would like to muse over what Father describes as the ways to pray.

The Evidence That God Speaks to Us

Let me begin by sharing part of a story I shared in my column in April of 2014. “During retreat one year, the Holy Spirit asked me to ask Him for a sign of His love for me.

What’s Your Excuse? Hindrances to Spousal Prayer

As I sat in church praying a rosary before a recent Sunday Mass, I noticed a young couple respectfully genuflect and take their places in the pew.

Openness and Honesty with God

All of us have been affected by the pandemic in one way or another. Seventeen months after the initial shut down, I have found myself becoming comfortable living and working within my “bubble” of home and office and masked existence.

The Called: Sister Maureen Donati, IHM

The Called: Sister Maureen Donati, IHM Hometown: Jim Thorpe, Pa. Education: St. Joseph School in Jim Thorpe, Pa.; Marian Catholic High School in Tamaqua, Pa.; East Stroudsburg University; Immaculata University Current assignment: Elementary school principal at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School in Coal Township

Developing a Positive Image of Yourself in Prayer

Several years ago, I came across a book called “The Faces of Christ.” This out-of-print picture book depicts images of Christ that were culturally based. I was fascinated at the images within that book, showing Nativities in African villages and images of the Last Suppers that contained chopsticks and rice! I found myself gazing at these images and reflecting on Genesis 1:27; that we are made in the image and likeness of God.

Sorting the Keys to Prayer

Several years ago, I had a wonderful experience observing and then volunteering at a workshop for developmentally-delayed adults in which they would perform menial tasks for a fee or salary. They would work at these tasks during the morning hours and in the afternoon would partake in cooking, hygiene, or arts and crafts classes.

The Called: Sister Mary Anne Bednar, IHM

The Called: Sister Mary Anne Bednar, IHM Hometown: Shamokin, Pa. Education: St. Mary’s, Transfiguration and Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Shamokin; and Villanova University, St. Joseph University in Philadelphia Current Role: High school principal and administrator at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School in Coal Township

The Mystery of Prayer

Recently, Father Jonathan Sawicki, the Diocesan Director of Vocations, asked me for a favor. He was trying to put together speakers for Quo Vadis Days, a retreat for young men ages 15-25 who are discerning the call to the priesthood.

A View of the Kingdom

I shared a version of this story in 2011, but, like any good story, it is worth repeating. Some years ago, as I prepared to go on my annual retreat, I looked forward to some quality bonding with nature.

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