The Practice of Lectio Divina

“We hear the Scriptures at Mass, and perhaps we read them for knowledge – but are we praying the Scriptures?” Over the last few weeks, we have been looking at some practical aspects of cultivating a prayer life. It is important to remember that prayer is conversation. So often, my prayer time is filled with… Continue reading The Practice of Lectio Divina

The Active Work of Meditation

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“Prayer involves our mind, heart, and will. It involves our intellect, memory, imagination, and emotions.” Last week, we looked at the importance of making a plan if we are going to cultivate a prayer life. Cultivating an active, healthy prayer life is difficult – not because it is against our nature, but because we are… Continue reading The Active Work of Meditation

The Power of a Habit

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Last week my entire immediate family—8 adults, 8 kids—spent the week together on vacation. My sister is a Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia, or as they’re more commonly known, a “Nashville Dominican.” The Nashville Dominicans are recognizable by their full white habits and long black veils. When friends and family heard we were all going… Continue reading The Power of a Habit

Nagging or ‘This is the last ten times I’m going to tell you’

Continually mouthing the same appeal or threat, whether changing your words a little or a lot, does little to gain a child’s attention or cooperation. If I had to award a prize for the most futile parenting practice, I would surely present it to nagging. Indeed, nagging may be the single most pervasive masquerade of… Continue reading Nagging or ‘This is the last ten times I’m going to tell you’

A Habit We Should Never Break

I was in the airport recently and spotted a number of young men and women in military uniforms. I have read about civilians going up to these folks to thank them for their service — and even offering to buy them meals. I think these are wonderful gestures. It reminds me of the times I’ve… Continue reading A Habit We Should Never Break

All I Have Is a Pineapple and My Patience Is Draining

Dear Heavenly Father, I prayed to you for patience. Still waiting… I’m getting impatient. Love , Your daughter Katie Have you ever had something going on in your life that was really testing your patience? Or perhaps you feel like there is a certain person God specifically anointed to tease every last patient nerve-ending in… Continue reading All I Have Is a Pineapple and My Patience Is Draining