Following the 3 Pillars of Lent

Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father, who is in Heaven. Matthew 6:1 How’s your Lent going now that it’s about halfway over? If it’s not going as well as you hoped, a good way to get backContinue reading “Following the 3 Pillars of Lent”

Christ Beside Me: A St. Patrick’s Day Reflection

Christ be within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ inquired, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger. St. Patrick Returning to EvangelizeHere’s aContinue reading “Christ Beside Me: A St. Patrick’s Day Reflection”

An Opportunity to Surrender: A Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62:8 In the Thick of ItI first heard about the Coronavirus in class on the first day of the spring semester. I thought it would be just another illness that would become another currentContinue reading “An Opportunity to Surrender: A Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic”

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”

Throughout These 40 Days

But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. Matthew 6:6 I always start Lent zealously, excited for a much-needed season of spiritual renewal. I make grand plans of things to fast from, ways toContinue reading “Throughout These 40 Days”

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”

You Only Burn Yourself: Struggling to let go of Anger

In your anger, do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Ephesians 4:26 When Anger Consumes MeI find myself holding onto anger more often than I care to admit. Everyone gets irritated and upset from time to time, but unfortunately, I dwell on those negative emotions for longerContinue reading “You Only Burn Yourself: Struggling to let go of Anger”

Why I’m Praying the St. Andrew Christmas Novena

He said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Matthew 4:19-20 Embracing AdventI’ve been looking for ways to transform my Advent. For most of my life, I’ve approached it as just the liturgical season before Christmas. This year, instead ofContinue reading “Why I’m Praying the St. Andrew Christmas Novena”