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During World War II, a US Marine was separated from his unit on a Pacific island. The fighting had been intense, and in the smoke and the crossfire, he had lost touch with his comrades.
Alone in the jungle, he could hear enemy soldiers coming in his direction. Scrambling for cover, he found his way up a high ridge to several small caves in the rock. Quickly he crawled inside one of the caves. Although safe for the moment, he realized that once the enemy soldiers looking for him swept up the ridge, they would quickly search all the caves and he would be killed. As he waited, he prayed,... (more)
...for someone to smoke while they pray?’
My immediate, indignant response was,
‘Of course not.’
So he challenged me,
‘Would it be alright for someone to pray while they smoke?'
Don’t you love how the Jesuit mind works?
One interesting comment on this post on another site was that the puritan way of thinking has tainted most of us in America and distorted Catholic spirituality.
On Catholic Forum someone submitted this photo saying, ‘there’s always been one form of smoking and prayer that’s always been approved!"(more)
...said and did. I have already explained how we can do this every morning by firstly making the morning offering, and then by trying to implement it at every moment of every day of our lives. However, if this is going to be successful the morning offering must be supported by time for personal prayer at other times of the day too, as Jesus did with his disciples, and even without them, when he went off into solitude to pray alone.
Flying buttresses and all!
Several years after some of the great medieval Cathedrals were built, it became the custom to add Spires. These Spires... (more)
The Resurrection - An Act of Faith
Just as I used each letter from the word OUR as a memory jog for morning prayer I will now use each letter of the word FATHER as a memory jog for daily prayer beginning with the letter F for Faith. But first let me make a few preliminary remarks.
The Mysteries of Christian Initiation
At baptism in the early Church, the full immersion, that was customary for adults, took place three times to symbolise the threefold love that would now begin to course through the spiritual veins of the newly formed Christians. As they were drawn up into... (more)
was editing an essay for a university religion class for my youngest about mystical experiences when I was struck by this quote. Read mystical literature from anywhere around the world and you will discover passages that speak of mystical, self-transcending participation in an ultimate reality that is far more important than the momentary evils that might plague them. These passages, found in literature from vastly differing time periods, cultures, religions and locations, describe almost identical mystical experiences.These experiences are core to many religions; their validity cannot be simply... (more)
...life because it has brought me closer to God.
I once asked a priest what my life would have been like if I had not experienced suffering, if I had married a well-off dentist, had 1.25 kids and lived in an efficient, modern house. He put on a phony, pious face, put his hands together in prayer, and said in a high, mocking voice, “Oh, you would be a nice Christian lady, praising the Lord.” What he meant by that amusing bit of acting was that I would be shallow, without depth and strength.
If this is the situation, I say bring on suffering, because I want—no I need—to... (more)
In appreciation I lift my head to gaze at the skylight
My eyes caressed by the radiant moonlight
Blessings as ephemeral clouds dance on the horizon
Slowly moving as if serenading my wanting heart
Lifting my arms to embrace these twinkling stars
Pressing them closely with the warmth of affection
Wrapped in this blanket of peace and serenity
I linger not wishing to leave this godly place
Created within my own loving heart
I call it my own through sweet surrender
Basking, secure in the harmony of benevolence
I feltempty, despondent with all inner resources depleted.
A mere shell.
Yet deeper than the despair
Existed a spark of yearning, an ache of hope that was nonverbal, even preverbal
A common yearning in all humanity.
Unexpectedly, a mere glance
slipped silently into the dark cave within me
Like a wisp of smoke suddenly bursting into flame
s if the dry litter in my heart was merely tinder, feeding this ethereal fire.
A surge of heat surged through my inner self,
Seeping into my muscles, soothing my mind.
Calming my... (more)
...my Maw Maw will never be happy again. Lord, the next time I ask for something make sure I ask the right way please and tell Pappy I am sorry I got him dead I didn’t mean to. It’s all my fault Maw Maw is sad. I am so sorry.
Tommy opened his tear stained eyes to see his Maw Maw standing in his doorway , tears streaming down her face. ” Dear child, it is not your fault.” She said through sobs and held her arms out to him. ” If it had not been for your prayers, your Pappy may never had come home at all.”
...against which it had been built. In order to build more parking spaces, they would have to move the mountain out of the back yard.
Undaunted, the pastor announced the next Sunday morning that he would meet that evening with all members who had "mountain-moving faith". They would hold a prayer session asking God to remove the mountain from the back yard and to somehow provide enough money to have it paved and painted before the scheduled opening dedication service the following week.
At the appointed time, 24 of the congregation's 300 members assembled for prayer. They prayed... (more)