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Lesson One in Prayer

"The Virgin at Prayer" (detail) by Sassoferrato

In this timeless post from the archives, Dr. Peter Kreeft offers sure advice on developing your prayer life. Let’s get very, very basic and very, very practical about prayer. The single most important piece of advice I know about prayer is also the simplest: Just do it! How to do it is less important than just doing it. Less-than-perfect prayer is infinitely better […]

The Freedom of Love

“Christ at 33” (detail) by Hofmann

There has been a great deal of talk for many years now about individual rights in our society. It is nothing new, but this idea does seem to have reached a fever pitch in the past few years. People are demanding their right to do as they please. Everyone is demanding to be free. Unfortunately, many people are working with […]

A Convert Struggles with Mary

Blessed Virgin Mary with Roses (detail) Artwork © by Jef Murray

Dear Sister I just recently became Catholic and I’m still struggling with the Church’s teachings on Mary. I respect her, but I don’t feel the need to ask her for prayers if I can just ask God directly. Do you have any suggestions on how I can have a relationship with Mary? Dear Friend, Yes, I do! Being a convert […]

The Catholic Writer Today: A Continued Conversation

Midway through the title essay of The Catholic Writer Today, Dana Gioia writes, “By now I have surely said something to depress, anger or offend every reader of this essay.” Gioia is probably correct in that assessment. But I find great hope in his candor and analysis of a complicated problem: “…the paradox that, although Roman Catholicism constitutes the largest […]

Anatomy of Hope

There is perhaps a no more important nor consoling reflection for us than to focus on the gift of hope. After all, everyone of us enters each new year with hope for a brighter future. But if our expectation of hope offers only some future fulfillment, that would be disappointing indeed, and not the same hope promised to us by […]

The Weight of Glory

Photography © by Randy Hain

We can believe we are mere mortals dreaming the dream of immortality, while in fact, we are immortals dreaming the terrible dream of mere mortality. We all know what the weight of glory is, whether or not we have read Lewis’ golden sermon. We know it from the magic words of the poets; or we know it from the wordless […]

Sacred Heart of Jesus and You

"Sacred Heart of Jesus" (detail) by Chambers

“Lord, open my lips and my mouth will proclaim your praise.” (Psalm 51:15) The Sacred Heart of Jesus is a glimpse into the heart of God because Jesus taught us that when we see Him, we see the Father. The veil is pulled aside, and when we gaze upon the Sacred Heart of Jesus which bears the marks of the […]