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A canticle a day

Let the ancient words of Mary, Zechariah, or Simeon leave their mark on your heart. One of the most valuable experiences from my boarding school days—and one that has remained with me—is the habit of formal prayer. I remember praying the Nunc Dimittis at night prayer in the quiet of my high school chapel: “Now […]

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Prayer, self-knowledge, and union with others

Self-knowledge and humility go hand in hand and necessary if one’s prayer is to take fruit. Putting on the ‘Mind of Christ’ can be at times arduous, yet it also leads to great joy. People who take their relationship with God seriously know that when speaking of prayer it has different shades of meaning. Prayer if […]

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In the midst of chaos and pain, the Lord is our refuge

Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.—Ps 16: 1-2 One way of learning about oneself on a deeper level, is to pay attention to the stream of conscious thoughts that goes through the mind just before […]

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The prayer journey

Whose wounds do we bear?  Do we bear the wounds of Christ?  Or does Christ bear our wounds? When I was a very young monk, just 23 and in the Monastery for only a year, we had a reading one day at our midday office by Thomas Merton that blind-sighted me and created a great […]

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A Prayer for Guidance

O eternal and everlasting God, I presume to present myself this morning before thy Divine majesty, beseeching thee to accept of my humble and hearty thanks, that it hath pleased thy great goodness to keep and preserve me the night past from all the dangers poor mortals are subject to, and has given me sweet […]

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Just Life

For to pray is to take root deeply in the ‘Living Water’ allowing mercy and grace to heal and wash us clean in the midst of ‘just life’. Here is the September 25, 2016, message from Our Lady, Queen of Peace, given through Marija: “Dear children! Today, I am calling you to prayer. May prayer […]

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Revere the Supreme Government of God

It is fit and becoming in all people, at all times, to acknowledge and revere the Supreme Government of God; to bow in humble submission to His chastisement; to confess and deplore their sins and transgressions in the full conviction that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and to pray, with […]

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My prayers are so distracted! Are they worth anything?

Believe it or not, it was St. Thomas Aquinas who taught me not to lose hope when I lose my train of thought Do you know how many times I’ve opened my Bible or a spiritual reading book only to momentarily be summoned back into family life? Then when I do manage to escape the […]

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Around and around we go, the way off the merry-go-round is prayer

There is a tendency when talking about prayer, mediation and simple mindfulness, to try to reduce it to one technique. I find this interesting, since I do not really know anyone who actually prays that way. The word prayer for me incorporates just about all that tries to connect us with a deeper reality. As […]

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5 Prayers for 2017 you might have forgotten, or never heard of at all

Classic prayers like the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, and a handful of others from our youth are probably so deeply ingrained in our subconscious that it’s not hard to find ourselves turning to them now and then, particularly in a moment of emergency. These “typical” prayers are deeply powerful and undeniably helpful in […]

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