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God’s Desire for You

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For years, though I had been a committed Christian and enjoyed what many call a truly personal relationship with Christ, I had not really internalized the thought that God desired me. That He wants and longs for a relationship with me. The idea seemed odd that the great God of our universe would have any sense of personal longing for a […]

Take Your Faith with You on Vacation

Just prior to a summer 2003 family vacation to Disney World, Gail Coniglio had developed a devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. She made the 3-½ hour trip quite frequently in the summer with her husband and two young children. They always made time for Mass. One year, they went to Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine in Orlando, which […]

Ten Practical Prayer Tips from the Carmelite Sisters

Dear Sister, Is there a best time to pray, given all the activities each day holds for me – working at my job and caring for and being with my family makes a very full day? Also, I’m not fully awake first thing in the morning and already mighty tired by the time I lay my head on the pillow. […]

Catholic Cop-outs

Catholic clichés are vapid.  They exhibit a lackadaisical attitude toward the faith, and consequently, the way it is taught. Anna Mitchell, a good friend of mine and Catholic radio personality, recently took up the topic of limiting preaching to action in her December article, “Use Words When Necessary”.  I would like to toss in another classic cop-out:  the problem of […]

How to Respond to Offenses Against the Faith

Ask a Carmelite Sister… Dear Sister, I am starting to ask myself, “Why don’t I stand up for my Catholic religion when it is mocked or spoken of disrespectfully or when something wrong is being done?”  All things considered, it seems easiest just to be quiet. Even at home, my teenagers share some mighty strange ideas they have picked up […]

Ten Practical Prayer Tips from the Carmelite Sisters

Ask a Carmelite Sister Dear Sister, Is there a best time to pray, given all the activities each day holds for me – working at my job and caring for and being with my family makes a very full day? Also, I’m not fully awake first thing in the morning and already mighty tired by the time I lay my […]

Improving Your Prayer

Ask a Carmelite Sister… Question: Dear Sister, My prayer experiences don’t seem good enough or holy enough, long enough or intense enough. Do you have any suggestions as to how I can pray better? Answer: Dear Friend,  Yes, I do have a few suggestions. That’s easy… First of all, I suggest not using the expression “prayer experiences” at all. Hit […]