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 Three Most Profound Ideas I Have Ever Had

"Creation of Adam" (detail) by Michelangelo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Ideas are more precious than diamonds. The three most precious ideas I have ever discovered all concern the love of God. None of them is original. But every one is revolutionary. None of them came from me. But all of them came to me with sudden force and fire: the “aha!” experience, the “eureka!” experience.… Continue reading The Three Most Profound Ideas I Have Ever Had

Monica, Augustine, and the Power of Prayer

Saint Augustine and his mother, Saint Monica

“If our loved one is indeed in purgatory, they would much rather have our prayers than our praise.” The end of August brings us back-to-back feast days of two great saints, Monica and Augustine. There are few saint stories as legendary as this one: the mother who prays for decades for the conversion of her son,… Continue reading Monica, Augustine, and the Power of Prayer

The Winning Strategy

"St. Michael the Archangel" (detail) - via Wikimedia Commons - Guido Reni [Public domain]

Editor’s Note: Dr. Kreeft’s classic essay on successfully winning the culture wars is timeless. For more information, see his book, How to Win the Culture War. To win any war, the three most necessary things to know are: (1) that you are at war, (2) who your enemy is, and (3) what weapons or strategies… Continue reading The Winning Strategy

The Heavy Burdens We Carry

Confessionals

I have been thinking a great deal about my experience at Reconciliation this past Saturday morning. I felt an intense and unexplainable urge to go and confess my sins when I woke up that morning.  I try to go every six weeks or so, but this was no routine visit to the priest for me.… Continue reading The Heavy Burdens We Carry

What are the Obstacles Between Catholic Men and Christ?

Man at Prayer

As long as we live in the world our life is a constant struggle between love for Christ or giving into lukewarmness, to our passions, or to comfort-seeking, which destroys love. Faithfulness to Christ is forged each day by struggling against what separates us from him, and by an effort to make progress in virtue.… Continue reading What are the Obstacles Between Catholic Men and Christ?

How Can I Become a Better Catholic Husband and Father to my Family?

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Dear Sister, I’ve been reading your answers to questions on Integrated Catholic Life™ and have been playing with the idea of writing you a question that I’ve been thinking about for many years. It’s about my family. I don’t consider us bad Catholics, nor do I consider us to be devout “pillars of the parish”.… Continue reading How Can I Become a Better Catholic Husband and Father to my Family?

A Checklist for Catholic Dads

St. Joseph and the Christ-Child, Belmont Abbey

I have had numerous conversations over the years with other Catholic dads about the challenges of raising kids in today’s world. The discussions usually center on the bad cultural influences affecting our children, our hectic schedules and our well-intentioned desire to be better fathers. We mean well, but how do we move from conversation to… Continue reading A Checklist for Catholic Dads