When You’re in a Prayer Slump…

And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age. Matthew 28:20 Disheartened DwellingSo 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,Continue 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 A New Yet Powerful DevotionWhen Jesus appeared to St. Faustina, He told her that He desired the Sunday following Easter SundayContinue 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 What is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy?Jesus’ mercy is infinite. It’s always available to us, and He’s just waiting toContinue reading “Why Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy?”

Why I’m Making a Home Altar

“Please, let us make a little walled upper chamber and let us set a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand; and it shall be, when he comes to us, that he can turn in there.” 2 Kings 4:10 The Upper RoomI read a priest’s tweet a while agoContinue reading “Why I’m Making a Home Altar”

You Have Redeemed the World

And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe, and put his own clothes on him, and led him away to crucify him. Matthew 27:31 Stations MemoriesI started praying Stations of the Cross when I was in Kindergarten. When I was in Catholic elementary school, the students and staff would gather inContinue reading “You Have Redeemed the World”

The Size of a Mustard Seed

For truly I say to you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17:20 Saying YesTwo years ago, I went on a life-changing mission trip to Nicaragua. This spring breakContinue reading “The Size of a Mustard Seed”

What is Lectio Divina?

If you enjoy reading scripture, or if you’re looking for a place to start, or if you’re trying to find a new way to pray, or if you want to hear the Lord speak to you, I highly recommend Lectio Divina. Meaning “Divine Reading,” Lectio Divina involves praying with scripture in a contemplative way to allow God to speak to you in a personal way.

How to Pray with Expectant Faith

Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours. Mark 11:24 The Phrase that Changed my Prayer LifeIn November, Sr. Mary Gianna of the Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ spoke at the Newman Center at SRU. With the other leaders andContinue reading “How to Pray with Expectant Faith”

How to Deal with Distractions During Prayer

I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. Psalm 17:6 Got Distractions?We’re human, so it’s only natural that we find ourselves distracted while we pray from time to time (or often), but that’s okay! Every time I pray, it isn’t long before IContinue reading “How to Deal with Distractions During Prayer”

The Season of Spiritual Giving

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed and what the shepherds said to them. Luke 2:16-18 The Gift ofContinue reading “The Season of Spiritual Giving”