The Fruits of the Joyful Mysteries

They came upon him in the temple sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. All who heard him were amazed. Luke 2:46-47 I used to get distracted throughout the Rosary, and occasionally I still do. I announce the mystery, let my mind wander, and only remember which oneContinue reading “The Fruits of the Joyful Mysteries”

How Our Lady and the Rosary Improved my Prayer Life

Although the repeated Hail Mary is addressed directly to Mary, it is to Jesus that the act of love is ultimately directed, with her and through her. The repetition is nourished by the desire to be conformed ever more completely to Christ. St. John Paul II My First RosaryWhen I learned how to pray theContinue reading “How Our Lady and the Rosary Improved my Prayer Life”

How to Stay Catholic in College

I plead with you–never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid. St. John Paul II You moved into your first college dorm. You hugged your mom and dad goodbye, and you’re on your own for the first time. Now, you’re tasked with making sure you wakeContinue reading “How to Stay Catholic in College”

8 Ways to Pray Throughout Your Day

Prayer is being on terms of friendship with God, frequently conversing in secret with him who, we know, loves us. St. Teresa of Avila Talking to GodIf we want to have a friendship, or any relationship, with God, then we have to pray. As St. Teresa claims, prayer is the way in which we talkContinue reading “8 Ways to Pray Throughout Your Day”

8 Awesome Things to Write in a Prayer Journal

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 You’re shopping and you find a beautiful notebook. You pick it up to check it out, and the cover has a cute design and a nice texture. You love howContinue reading “8 Awesome Things to Write in a Prayer Journal”

5 Fruitful Ways to Practice Intercessory Prayer

Pray, hope, and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer. St. Padre Pio Intercessory prayer, or praying for others and their intentions, is so important. With so many people asking us for prayer intentions and knowing that the Lord wants us to pray for our brothers and sisters, weContinue reading “5 Fruitful Ways to Practice Intercessory Prayer”

4 Ways to Prepare for Your Vocation

Many people confuse our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus. St. Teresa of Calcutta I often dream about what my vocation will be like. I wonder all the time when it will start, as if the more I think about it, the quicker it’ll begin. I sometimes think that whenContinue reading “4 Ways to Prepare for Your Vocation”

When You’re in a Prayer Slump…

And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age. Matthew 28:20 So how has prayer been lately? For me, it hasn’t been that great. In the planner that I use for Radiant with Joy, I like to track my prayer habits. As if I didn’t need to feel myself slipping, IContinue reading “When You’re in a Prayer Slump…”

How to Receive Divine Mercy this Sunday

Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. Diary, 476 When Jesus appeared to St. Faustina, he told her that he desired the Sunday following Easter Sunday dedicated to his DivineContinue reading “How to Receive Divine Mercy this Sunday”

Why Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy?

Write that when they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the merciful Savior. Diary, 1541 Jesus’ mercy is infinite. It’s always available to us, and he’s just waiting to give it to us. Unfortunately, weContinue reading “Why Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy?”