St. Anthony


Our second visit to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Hebbronville was met with smiles.


Rosita and Julie (in green), a devotee of St. Anthony of Padua, chatted with us as we waited for Azalia to give us a VIP tour.

For many years, Julie has celebrated St. Anthony’s feast day by distributing homemade bread and prayer cards.  She also prays the novenas.

Like Julie I, too, have collected prayers, cards, and photos over the years.  My love for St. Anthony began at age thirteen when my great-aunt, Tía Queta, introduced us through a prayer card she gave me.

Of course, my favorite pictures of St. Anthony are those that Segy took knowing how much I’d enjoy them.



Quick response

Steven called and asked me to locate a very important file, but I didn’t find it.  Feeling somewhat perturbed, Steven said he’d look for it when he got home, so we hung up.

St. Anthony, Steven really needs that file right now, I thought.  Please let him find what he’s looking for in his briefcase.  “Tony, Tony, look around.  Steven’s very important file is missing and must be found.” 

A few minutes later, Steven emailed.

I was more forward-thinking than I give myself credit for.  I figured I’d be asked for information, so I put the folder in the briefcase in the vehicle so I would have it with me.  Duh!  Thanks for looking.  Had it here all the time.

I chuckled and replied.

Oh, darling!  You owe St. Anthony… whose photos I’ve been resizing for a post since before you called… a HUGE thank you!

Mom didn’t believe me either.

One afternoon I went by mom’s after work, and she was going nutz.

“What’s wrong?” I asked.

She’d looked for her diamond ring for days and couldn’t find it anywhere.

“Have you called on St. Anthony for help?”

She rolled her eyes and snickered.  Clearly, she was exasperated from looking everywhere she could think of.

Mentally, I asked St. Anthony to find the ring for her and then headed out the door to drive home.

Would you believe it?

When I got home, I had a phone message waiting for me.  Mom had looked again in the piano bench just as she’d done many times before.  Only this time, amazingly, she’d found her ring atop the music books as if someone had just placed it there.

Sooo, yes.  I’m a believer.  And you should be, too.

March 17, 2010

Funny how things happen.

Two Saturdays ago, Steven used the UT parking permit he’d checked out at work when we attended Fiddler on the Roof at the performing arts center in Austin.  Only it was nowhere to be found when we got home on Sunday.

We looked everywhere… in our books, in the vehicle, in our suitcases… many times to no avail; so, having no other recourse, I called on St. Anthony once again.

As Steven said, it wasn’t that he’d have to pay for a replacement.  Rather, the office has too few for any to be misplaced; so we really wanted to find it.

When Steven got home from work today, he started packing.  He has a meeting at UT tomorrow morning, so he reached for the book he’d taken to Austin the last time.

“Would you believe it?” he walked over to tell me.  “I just happened to open the book, and look what I found!”

He held up the UT parking permit and then chuckled.  “And, here, I’d forgotten to check out another permit for tomorrow… and for Saturday’s performance.”

Steven was amazed.

“This is weird,” he continued.  “The book was locked in my briefcase until after we got home and I set it out on the hearth.”

He hadn’t opened the briefcase, much less read the book in Austin.

“How could the permit have been in the book?”

“You see?  I told you St. Anthony would find it for you!  Remember mom’s diamond ring?”

Thank you, St. Anthony!

Seek God’s kingdom above all else.  Make it the most important thing in your life.  Everything else must be sought in view of this kingdom; nothing should be asked beyond it.  Whatever we ask must serve this end (St. Anthony of Padua, 1195-1231).


One…  O good and gentle St. Anthony, your love of God and concern for his creatures made you worthy, while on earth, to possess miraculous powers.  Come to my help in this moment of trouble and anxiety.  Your ardent love of God made you worthy to hold the Holy Infant in your arms.  Whisper to him my humble request if it be for the greater glory of God and the salvation of my soul.  Amen.

Two…  Anthony, through your teaching and preaching, you bore witness to the loving presence of God in all of creation.  Now that you have come into the fullness of the kingdom, pray for us that our lives might also proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to all humanity.

V.  Pray for us, St. Anthony.
R.  Help us become worthy of the promises of Christ.

Almighty, eternal God, you have given your people St. Anthony as an outstanding preacher and intercessor in times of need.  Grant that with his help we may follow in the example of Christian living and experience your support in all adversities.  We ask through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Three…  St. Anthony, gentle servant of God, help me find ways to honor God’s blessings by showing my love for all of God’s creatures.  Share your strength that I may cope with the trials and troubles of daily life.  You, through whose voice the Word of God was preached, intercede for my need [mention your special request].  Powerful patron, be with me always and teach me to reach out in love and support to others.  Amen.

Act of consecration

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Glorious St. Anthony, I salute you as a good servant of Christ and a special friend of God.  You once were favored to hold the Christ Child in your arms as you cherished his world in your heart.

Today I place all my cares, temptations, and anxieties in your hands.  I resolve ever to honor you by imitating your example.

Powerful patron, model of purity, and victor over fleshly impulses, please win for me and for all devoted to you perfect purity of body, mind, and heart.  I promise, by my example and counsel, to help others to the knowledge, love, and service of God.  Amen.

Litany of the lost

Lord have mercy.  Lord have mercy.
Christ have mercy.  Christ have mercy.
Lord have mercy.  Lord have mercy.

For those of us who have lost…

Our health…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Our peace of mind…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Our housing…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Our financial security…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
A loved one…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Our dreams…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Our talents…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Our initial zeal…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Our sobriety…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Our faith…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Our self-respect…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Our perspective…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Our innocence…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Our independence…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Peace within our families…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Civil peace…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Our trust in others…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Our virtue…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
Our home…  St. Anthony, pray for us.
(Add your own particular loss…  St. Anthony, pray for us.)

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world.  Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world.  Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world.  Have mercy on us.

Let us pray.

All loving God, you have given us St. Anthony, the patron of the lost, as an intercessor of those who are in need of your mercy.  Listen to his voice as he calls out to you on our behalf and grant those things which will help us to grow in your love.  We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Contact information


To order A Collection of Favorite Prayers from the St. Lawrence Seminary, contact the school.  The addresses for the other booklets can be found on the “creditspage.

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Sitting at the doctor’s office Tuesday morning, I revisited the Word among us and took notes on my already marked pages.  When I go anywhere, I always carry something to read, my pen, and, usually, a pad on which to jot fleeting thoughts.

Three weeks earlier I’d read through the articles while waiting nearly six and a half hours for Steven’s vehicle to get serviced at the Toyota dealership.


That Tuesday I’d reflected on the messages from How to Grow in Spiritual Discernment (Jan/Feb 2010) and Hear Our Prayer, O Lord! (Lent: Feb/Apr 2010) until I’d felt inspired to journal in Segy’s Book of Everyday Miracles.

Vividly, I recalled Segy’s Senior Night.  He wondered what would become of the relationships he’d forged with his high school buddies. 

Segys-book“How will I know who’s truly my friend?”

“A true-blue friend is one that neither lack of communication nor distance nor time can separate from you.  No matter how long you’ve been apart, you’ll pick right up where you left off when you see each other next.”

I smiled at the memory.  May 2001 seemed so recent.


Then, as if transitioning from one lesson to another, I quietly closed the journal and was unexpectedly drawn— just like that into an animated conversation with two bright, engaging women who sat across from me in the waiting area.

After talking for a while the young woman, Nidaya, a university sophomore majoring in marketing, told us how and why she’d ended up at the Toyota place.

As she’d left campus the day before, her car had been hit from behind.  She hadn’t been upset.  “In fact, I calmed the girl down as we waited for the police.  We weren’t driving fast!” she clarified.  “This was a warning for her to get the brakes fixed.  It could’ve been worse, but it wasn’t.  And she provided the insurance information right away, so everything was fine.”

??????????Nidaya’s story compelled me to share what I’d written to Segy minutes earlier.

Remember that time you came home from a night out with your friends?  You plopped on the cushy brown chair in my room and said, “We’re both builders of people.”  And it’s true. 

The more we talked and listened to each other, the more I made meaning between our conversations and what I’d read that morning.  Even the daily meditation applied! 

“Jesus, my brother, I come to you today to sit quietly with you and enjoy your presence” (the Word among us, Jan/Feb 2010, p. 46).

“We span three generations from different cultures and walks of life, yet we agree on so much,” Nidaya enthused.  “It’s amazing!”

Before long Nidaya’s car was ready.  The fender bender had been repaired, and the oil change she’d meant to have done the afternoon before had been taken care of.  She wished both Betty and me well and encouraged me to keep looking for the special job that would surely come.

Then Betty told me about her life since her husband’s passing last year.  At eighty years of age, Betty is spirited, upbeat, and youthful.  As she spoke glowingly about her best friend’s courageous efforts to overcome many health issues, I could tell that Betty is thoughtful, loving, and other-focused.  She has nothing to complain about, she said, because she’s healthy, lives alone, drives, and has no limitations.  But I also observed a fiercely resilient woman who makes no excuses for herself.  An unsung hero.

When Betty’s name was called she smiled, wished me well, and— before exiting the dealership— looked back to twinkle at me sweetly.

I couldn’t help but think that, even if we were to cross paths again, we wouldn’t recognize each other since we were little more than strangers who’d related well to each other as part of God’s master plan for us that afternoon.  I felt blessed.


Two down and one to go, I thought.  I knew I’d be called next, so I resumed my reading and right away stumbled onto a timely meditation.

Lord, give me ears open to hearing you and a heart willing to serve you.  Let your word do its work in me, and make me always faithful to your inspirations! (p. 48).

I’d read for hours, made mental notes, and scribbled on pages.  I’d been gifted with time well spent among two very smart women— one younger, one older— who had much to share about their life experiences and their faith, Muslim and Protestant, respectively.  I’d learned a lot!


Thinking back on my afternoon with Nidaya and Betty, I smiled.  God had set up his classroom so extraordinarily that I’d learned firsthand about prayer in five movements: reading text, reflecting on meaning, responding in prayer, resting in God’s message, and applying that message to daily living.

Then this Tuesday, three weeks later at the doctor’s office, God chose my quiet time as the perfect opportunity to check for understanding, even providing me with a related web link for further reading!  What an awesome teacher to provide such individualized instruction!


Come, O Holy Spirit!  Enlighten my mind to know your commands; strengthen my heart against the snares of the enemy; inflame my will…  I have heard your voice, and I don’t want to harden myself and resist, saying “Later…, tomorrow.”

Nunc coepi!  Now I begin!  In case there is no tomorrow for me.

O Spirit of truth and wisdom, Spirit of understanding and counsel, Spirit of joy and peace!  I want whatever you want.  I want because you want, I want however you want, I want whenever you want (St. Josemaría Escrivá).

O Holy Spirit, beloved of my soul, I adore you.  Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me.  Tell me what I should do; give me your orders.
I promise to submit myself to all that you desire of me and to accept all that you permit to happen to me.  Let me only know your will (Cardinal Mercier).

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Contact information

Holy Spirit leaflets are from Franciscan Mission Associates, P. O. Box 598, Mount Vernon, NY 10551-0598.

May 19, 2013

We all need the Holy Spirit because he alone can enable and empower us to live the life that Jesus won for us on the cross.  We need the Spirit to guide us to the truth….  In the midst of all [the] noise [in our lives] the Spirit continues to speak, telling us every day that Jesus wants to act powerfully in our lives.

But the Spirit doesn’t just speak to our hearts.  He also gives us the words— God’s own words— to comfort those who mourn and to encourage those who falter.  He gives us the wisdom, too, to know when to listen instead of speak.  He offers to teach us how to move ahead in peace, confident in his leading, even when we can’t see where the road leads.

That outpouring of the Spirit in the sight of people from all over the world stands as God’s public notice: “I have not left you desolate.  I will help you.  I will teach and encourage you, empower and energize you to do the thing I call you to do” (the Word among us, May 2013, p. 38).

July 13, 2015

“As I ponder your Word, O God, give me the courage to ask my questions, being open to the full meaning of the passage as it impacts my life” (Sister Maria Tasto, OSB, 1938-2014).

August 12, 2015

In the supernatural order, love leads to light; the Holy Spirit leads us to the Word, and through the Word we go to the Father in whom all life is completed and all movement is converted into rest.  And, in him, every creature finds its perfection and its happiness because all things are completed when they return to their principle (Luis M. Martinez in True Devotion to the Holy Spirit).

December 4, 2015

“Lord, do not let my heart lean either to the right or to the left, but let your good Spirit guide me along the right path” (St. John Damascene).

January 6, 2016

“It is with the smallest brushes that the artist paints the most exquisitely beautiful pictures” (St. Andre Bessette).

January 27, 2016

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.  And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.  Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us (Romans 5:1-5).

March 22, 2016

Learn to abide with attention in loving waiting upon God in the state of quiet.  Contemplation is nothing else but a secret, peaceful, and loving infusion of God which, if admitted, will set the soul on fire with the Spirit of love (St. John of the Cross).

June 20, 2016

Today when you pray, I invite you to pray mindfully to God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit.  Take time to explore your relationship with your favorite person of the Trinity.  The length of our prayer is not as important as the fact that we choose to pray.  In essence, it is our desire to pray and connect with God that is more important than what we say, think, or feel during our prayer time.  When we place ourselves in God’s presence we are praying even if we do not have any words (Monday Message by Sister Kristine Anne Harpenau, OSB: “Reverence in prayer – RB 20″).

December 13, 2016

“Those whose hearts are pure are temples of the Holy Spirit” (St. Lucy).

February 1, 2017

Love is the foundation of devotion to the Holy Spirit, as it is also the foundation of Christian perfection.  But love as a reflection of God, as his own image, is something that encloses within its simplicity a boundless wealth and a variety of forms.  Who can fathom the depths of love? (Luis M. Martinez in True Devotion to the Holy Spirit).

March 8, 2017

Just remind your children every day that you love them, that you believe in them.  There is great power in the love of a parent.  They do not need things to be happy….  They need to know your heart (Heidi Hess Saxton in Lent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta).

April 1, 2017

God is far from finished with any of us.  Our conversion still needs to be deeper and wider, but that can only happen if we admit that God still has much to teach us (Pat McCloskey, OFM, in Peace and Good).

May 26, 2017

“The Holy Spirit is the master of prayer and causes us to abide in continual peace and cheerfulness, which is a foretaste of paradise” (St. Philip Neri).

May 30, 2017

“Whatever we are, that we are by the divine goodness; and this goodness is specially attributed to the Holy Spirit” (Pope Leo XIII).

June 6, 2017

The word of God is inflamed with the fire of the Holy Spirit.  It consumes vices and promotes virtue.  It bestows wisdom on well-disposed people and provides them heavenly food (St. Norbert).

June 9, 2017

“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart” (Eleanor Roosevelt).

June 25, 2017

Praying through journaling can be a liberating and beautiful means of expression.  Your writing can take on the feeling of a love letter or a song and can be accompanied by a heart-wrenching release of emotions.

Do not attempt to censor yourself as you write.  Don’t worry about spelling or proper grammar.  Do not be afraid of writing down how you truly feel— God knows your heart already.  Instead, offer yourself— in all your beauty and your brokenness— freely to God and ask him to use your journal to bring you closer to him.  Do not be afraid to give it all to God, who can turn our ashes to beauty, heal our deepest wounds, and set us free (Melissa Overmyer in Born to Soar: Unleashing God’s Word in Your Life).

August 21, 2017

The Holy Spirit has much to teach us and much grace to pour on us.  But it takes time and willingness to stay close to Jesus.  It takes patience and determination to trust in his power to move us forward.  It takes confidence, knowing that, if God starts something good in us, he will bring it to completion (Philippians 1:6; the Word among us, July/August 2017, p. 73).

September 27, 2017

“Holy Spirit, giving life to all life, moving all creatures, root of all things, washing them clean, wiping out their mistakes, healing their wounds— you are our true life, luminous, wonderful, awakening the heart from its ancient sleep” (St. Hildegard of Bingen).

January 8, 2018

“Wherever we are, it is our friends that make our world” (Henry Drummond).

March 28, 2018

The Holy Spirit gives us himself as a free, gratuitous, nonreturnable gift of love, as we do when we give loving gifts to others with no expectation of personal gain because we wish them well.  Love itself, then, is the first gift through which all free gifts are given (Kevin Vost in The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit).

September 5, 2018

We know ourselves to be participants in the Holy Spirit when we offer to God fruits worthy of the Spirit: love for God with all our soul and genuine love for our fellow beings; joy of heart issuing from a clear conscience; peace of soul as a result of dispassion and humility; generosity in our thoughts, long-suffering in affliction and times of trial, kindness and restraint in our behavior, deep-rooted unwavering faith in God, gentleness springing from humble-mindedness and compunction, and complete control of the senses (St. Nikitas Stithatos).

November 13, 2020

“If you invoke the Holy Spirit with a humble and trusting heart, filled with good desires, he will descend with his blessed light and inflaming fire” (St. Frances Xavier Cabrini).


Links of interest…  Actions speak louder than words…  Atheists are lame…  Camino con Jesús: blog / prayers to the Holy Spirit…  Connect to God through prayer  Come, Holy Spirit…  Distraction & reading in meditation (intentions)…  Evangelizing atheists…  Five steps good morning…  God is Inviting You (blog: Sister Kristine Anne Harpenau, OSB)…  Holy Spirit: factsgifts / God’s giftinvoking / promptings / temples / ten ways to open up…  How not to be afraid to express your faith…  How to lovingly let go of friends…  How to stop worrying, start living, & find a friend in Jesus…  Jesus: multitasker…  Journalism as an act of grace…  Learning not to worry / to be scrappy in the spiritual life…  Lectio divina: about / beginner’s guidefour moments of prayer / examplesstart prayingtaste of silence (book) / transforming power (more)…  Let the Holy Spirit possess you…  Life & light in the Word…  Look of unconditional love…  Looking down or looking up…  Power of parables…  Novena to the Holy Spirit…  Pray a novena to the Holy Spirit & kindle a fire within…  Prayer in five movements…  Prayers to the Holy Spirit…  Quick daily practice to help you be more grateful…  Read, pray, write (podcasts)…  Spiritual smoothies…  Ten powers of spiritual intelligence…  Three questions every woman is dying to be asked…  What we can learn about the Holy Spirit’s power from the life of Mary (video)…  Why centering is not Christian prayer…  the Word among us (more)…

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Lenten meditations

If you’re looking for family activities that involve spiritual reading, click on the five “tips for reading with kids” (below) to get started.  And you may also be interested in the stations of the cross for families, since the audio stations have printables.

Sunday, our church members received free audio Bible CDs— one for adults, another for kids— for the Lenten season.  By listening twenty-eight minutes daily, one can cover the entire New Testament in forty days.  It’s easy enough; so just go to Faith Comes by Hearing, select the Bible you prefer, and download for free to become an Audio Bible Ambassador.


Links of interest…  Best Lent ever (signup)…  Bible through her eyes…  Explore faith…  Faith comes by hearing (Bible downloads)…  Lent for kids…  Living Lent daily…  National St. Jude shrine: blog / St. Jude prayers by email…  Tips for reading with kids…  Stations of the cross: for families / printables…  Strong Catholic family faith…  Truth & Life: New Testament dramatized (free audio download)…

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Prayerful messages


“Prayer is a treasure undiminished, a mine never exhausted, a sky unobstructed by clouds, a haven unruffled by storm” (St. John Chrysostom, c. 347-407).

Prayerful messages

Yesterday someone from Lent & beyond linked to my “Lenten resources” post so, naturally, I checked out the site.

What a wonderful website!   The beauty of its prayers, devotions, and resources stems from its inclusivity among Christians— a fine example of community building.

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Contact information

The prayer leaflet is from Franciscan Mission Associates, P. O. Box 598, Mt. Vernon, NY 10551-0598.

March 27, 2014

Prayer is an offering that belongs to God and is acceptable to him.  It is the offering he has asked for, the offering he planned as his own.

We must dedicate this offering with our whole heart.  We must fatten it on faith, tend it by truth, keep it unblemished through innocence and clean through chastity, and crown it with love.  We must escort it to the altar of God in a procession of good works to the sound of psalms and hymns.  Then it will gain for us all that we ask of God (“Prayer;” Tertullian, c. 160-225).

June 3, 2014

Prayer should be continuous, waking and sleeping, walking and standing, working and resting.  Such prayer is made in the deepest part of the sacred interior desert (our baptized soul), in deepest solitude, in loving interior repose in God, totally absorbed and lost in that sea of infinite love (Passionist Nuns, 2014).

Prayer is never more perfect than when it ascends from the very depth and essence of the soul; we pray, then, in the spirit of God.  This is a sublime language, but when God wills, he makes even the stones speak.  Let the sovereign God reign in your spirit; there ought to be a reciprocal repose: God in you, and you in God.  O sweet, O divine operation! (St. Paul of the Cross quote; Agonisant, 1893, p. 63).

June 9, 2014

Virtues are formed by prayer.  Prayer preserves temperance.  Prayer suppresses anger.  Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy.  Prayer draws into the soul the Holy Spirit, and raises man to heaven (St. Ephrem).

June 20, 2014

“It is simply impossible to lead, without the aid of prayer, a virtuous life” (St. John Chrysostom).

July 19, 2014

Prayer is an aspiration of the heart; it is a simple glance directed to heaven; it is a cry of gratitude and love in the midst of trail as well as joy; finally, it is something great, supernatural, which expands my soul and unites me to Jesus (St Thérèse of Lisieux).

December 4, 2014

“Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God” (St. John Damascene).

December 16, 2014

I pray because the need flows out of me all the time, waking and sleeping.  It doesn’t change God; it changes me (C. S. Lewis).

December 22, 2014

We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend on material success nor on sciences that cloud the intellect.  Neither does it depend on arms and human industries, but on Jesus alone (St. Frances Xavier Cabrini).

December 29, 2014

“Grace can do nothing without the will, and the will can do nothing without grace” (St. John Chrysostom).

July 22, 2015

Mental prayer, in my opinion, is nothing else than an intimate sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with him whom we know loves us.  The important thing is not to think much, but to love much and so do that which best stirs you to love.  Love is not great delight, but desire to please God in everything (St. Teresa of Avila).

July 28, 2016

“What prayer could be more true before God the Father than that which the Son, who is truth, uttered with his own lips” (St. John Chrysostom).

August 7, 2016

“Prayer is the place of refuge for every worry, a foundation for cheerfulness, a source of constant happiness, a protection against sadness” (St. John Chrysostom).

August 22, 2016

Christian prayer is meant to be profoundly whole— body and soul, affection and thought, heart and understanding.  Such prayer leads to courage, the movement toward reconciliation with God, the beginning of a pilgrimage to our Father’s house (Dr. Anthony Lillies in Fire from Above: Christian Contemplation and Mystical Wisdom).

August 31, 2016

Every Christian is called to become a strong athlete of Christ, that is, a faithful and courageous witness to his gospel.  But to succeed in this he must persevere in prayer, be trained in virtue, and follow the divine Master in everything (St. John Paul II).

November 13, 2016

Prayer is powerful!  It fills the earth with mercy, it makes the divine clemency pass from generation to generation.  Right along the course of the centuries, wonderful works have been achieved through prayer (St. Frances Xavier Cabrini).

December 20, 2016

Any desire for holiness is a prayer, says Saint Augustine.  We are drawn to the fullness of grace for which we were created.  The root meaning of the word grace is Latin “a favor, a kindness”— a gift.  A gift is an unasked favor above and beyond deserving.  If this natural human meaning means an undeserved gift, “how much more will the heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:11).  God the Father finds it irresistible to give a gift such as grace when we ask for it.  He will fill our hearts with grace “pressed down, shaken together, running over… into your lap” (Luke 6:38).  He will not fail us.  “Hope does not disappoint us, for God’s love has been poured into our hearts.”

Saint Dominic, Preacher of Grace, pray for us! (Aquinas College, 2016).

March 14, 2017

It is a foolish mistake to expect to lead a recollected life that is not also a life of prayer.  The best method of learning to pray always is to pray whenever it is possible, and as well as is possible (Fr. Raoul Plus, SJ in How to Pray Always).

June 26, 2017

Let us pray on behalf of those who do not pray.  Let us remember [that], if we want to be able to love, we must be able to pray (St. Teresa of Kolkata).

June 27, 2017

Let us offer our prayers in Christ’s name.  The Father will most readily agree to them when they are made in this way (St. Cyril of Alexandria).

April 4, 2018

When the time comes and we cannot pray, it is very simple.  Let Jesus pray in us to the Father in the silence of our hearts.  If we cannot speak, he will speak.  If we cannot pray, he will pray.  So let us give him our inability and our nothingness (Mother Teresa).

October 27, 2018

For the Christian who is serious about who he really is, prayer is not optional.  As lungs are to physical life, prayer is to spiritual life (Johnnette Benkovic in When Women Pray: Eleven Catholic Women on the Power of Prayer).

March 13, 2019

It is a foolish mistake to expect to lead a recollected life that is not also a life of prayer.  The best method of learning to pray always is to pray whenever it is possible, and as well as is possible (Fr. Raoul Plus, SJ in How to Pray Always).

March 22, 2019

Prayer should be continuous.  It is the soul breathing.  Just as we have to breathe continuously, so we must pray continuously.  Prayer is the deep interior movement of which we are barely conscious (Dom Augustin Guillerand in The Prayer of the Presence of God).

April 22, 2019

Prayer is the key that opens the treasury of God.  You have the key.  Use it well and often! (Fr. Lawrence G. Lovasik in The Basic Book of Catholic Prayer).

November 7, 2019

Praying means conversation with God.  This conversation is life (Romano Guardini in The Rosary of Our Lady).

November 14, 2019

When does God speak to us?  He speaks at all times, especially in prayer.  Prayer is a conversation with God.  But it is not a monologue.  When we pray, then, we should also listen (Fr. Kilian J. Healy in Awakening Your Soul to Presence of God).

October 26, 2020

“Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night” (George Hebert).

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Lenten resources

Today I received a nifty little pamphlet, Forty Days of Good Deeds, from the Dominican Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus in Chicago.  What a fun activity this will make!  I wish I’d done this with my first-grade CCE class three years ago.


Journaling ideas

First, choose your paper— size, color, texture, ruled or unruled— or do something truly unique and personal.  Lots of ideas come to mind.  Customizing will optimize ownership.  Then embellish with flowers cut from magazines, photos, drawings, or—

Oh, my gosh!  Think of the possibilities!  What a great way to mini-journal one’s trek through the Lenten season!

This ranks right up there with Segy’s book of everyday miracles— the journal I’ve been keeping for the youngest of our four kids, our grump, a self-proclaimed “cynic, thanks to my sixth-grade teachers.”

Lenten prayers

Most high, glorious God, bring light to the darkness of my heart.  Give me right faith, certain hope, and perfect charity.  Lord, give me insight and wisdom, so I might always discern your holy and true will.  Amen.

You are holy, Lord, and your deeds are wonderful.  You are strong.  You are great.  You are the most high.  You are almighty.  You, holy Father, are king of heaven and earth.  Amen.

April 9, 2017

Lent is a favorable time to intensify spiritual life: May the practice of fasting be of help to you in order to acquire greater mastery of yourselves; may prayer be the means to entrust your lives to God and to feel him always nearby; may the works of mercy help you to live open to the needs of brothers and sisters (Diane M. Houdek in The Hope of Lent).

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