Prayer in numbers is powerful, and we never have to pray alone. In addition to soliciting prayers from living friends and family as we are instructed to do in Scripture (James 5:14), we can pray with our spiritual friends, the saints. In addition to praying to God—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—we can ask saints […]

Anger and frustration is a daily theme witnessed in the news. Much of what we see ends in horrific consequences. But anger expressed appropriately is not only healthy, it’s a necessary emotion in the healing process. David Kessler and Elisabeth Kubler-Ross note anger as one of the responses to grief (Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance). […]

If we looked before we leaped, we may never take that jump. The road ahead often looks terrifying with unknown demons lurking in nooks and crannies. It takes courage and a good dose of trust in God to make the moves we know we should. There’s a story in Saint Theodora/Mother Theodore’s journal of when she […]

“The Glory Be is what is known as a doxology (a short prayer which praises God). All glory at all times belongs to the Trinity (God the Father, God the Son, and Glod the Holy Spirit). Sometimes the Glory Be is referred to as a lesser doxology. The Gloria said during liturgy is referred to […]

“He looked at her, and she looked at him, but no words passed between them.” Of course, they shared no words. Both the Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Dancing Ballerina were inanimate. One was made of tin, the other paper. The relationship between Hans Christian Andersen’s Steadfast Tin Soldier from the story by that name and the […]

A visit with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease can feel like an eternity. We are accustomed to moving quickly in this fast-paced world of ours. However, communication with our loved one is now limited and repetitive. Activities are slow and basic. And a little bit goes a long way. Some thought prior to the visit can […]

Since the earliest times of the Church, members prepared for Easter with some form of sacrifice or devotion. Traditions varied greatly, however, by 461, Pope St. Leo preached prayer and fasting during the 40-day period of Lent. The purpose of Lenten observances is the renewal of our baptism. Fasting and sacrifice assist us with our conversion […]