What my toddler daughter can teach us about contemplative prayer

She opens her heart and expects the heavens to shower graces like rain. Of course, they always do. How could God resist such sweetness? My daughter’s name is Celia, which means heavenly. She is truly a gift from God and a reminder of the gift that all children are. In the glory of her toddlerhood, […]

Deeper Life: How to cultivate the heart of a contemplative amidst the chaos of everyday life

In the silence of prayer, I am filled with a stillness that breathes within me. I am learning to rest in this calm without ceasing. Sometimes now, I can remain full of peace, while walking through the chaos that used to sink me. I am beginning to understand how I’m supposed to be in this […]

Unite in Prayer: Contemplate the mystery of Divine Mercy

In Your mercy, fill my soul with trust. In this moment, guide me by the light of Your eternal truth. When I feel the limitations of my own self, rekindle my connection to Your infinite majesty. Pour the enormity of Your love through little me into those, who need it most. The closer we grow […]

Deeper Life: Finding peace in turbulent times

When the earth shakes and the darkness swirls around you … When the wind howls threats and your whole world starts to shiver… When you’re dizzy with grief and fear and horror … You can always find your way back into the center. There is always still peace in the eye of the storm. Sometimes, […]

Prayers to Light Your Path: The Our Father

Thank You Father for calling us ever more deeply into the safety of Your arms. Thank You for purifying the disposition of our hearts to more closely resemble Your own. Thank You for inviting us into the truth, onto the path of infinite love. Thank You for teaching us to forgive, to surrender, to trust […]

Unite in Prayer: Start a ripple effect of God’s love, which is more powerful than this pandemic

We can’t always see the way love flows through our hearts into the world around us, the way it creates invisible ripples that extend on and on, the way it travels faster than light across time and space into eternity, the way it pours down from heaven like rain and gradually soaks us through and […]

Encouragement to realize the miracle you are

You are a miracle of Light Christ’s fire radiates through your heart into everyone around you. You have the power to warm hearts, to start a wildfire of love, to spark faith, to transform lives. You are a daughter of God.   Saint Catherine of Sienna said “If you are who you should be, you […]

Deeper Life: Strengthen your faith through empathy

To pray, just gather the sorrows of this world into your heart like roses until they are too heavy to carry alone, then you can finally learn to experience the joy of surrender.   Psalm 34:18 “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” In this world of […]

Pray the Gospel: Be my Light

Be my Light in the darkness I’m walking through. Be the Light in my sorrow. Be the Light in my joy Be our Light in the darkness we’re walking through. Be the Light in our sorrow. Be the Light in our joy. We are all on this journey together, climbing higher unless we fall … […]

Unite in Prayer with St. Gertrude the Great’s Prayer for Souls

In the Catholic tradition, it is considered a Spiritual Work of Mercy to Pray for the Living and the Dead. Jesus promised Saint Gertrude the Great that 1,000 souls would be freed from purgatory and sent into heaven every time this prayer is said with genuine affect: Eternal Father, I offer You the most Precious […]