Waiting With Mary

Here is a thoughtful reflection on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary by Friends of Little Portion Hermitage board member, William Newton. Enjoy!

Servant of God Fr. Kapaun, Pray for Us – Chris Stefanick

The Korean war was one of the most brutal conflicts in human history. Millions lost their lives in a three year span, many of them from the bitter cold. When the war ended in 1953, a group of American POW’s emerged from the darkness of a prison camp bearing an almost four foot high crucifix made from firewood, with a crown of thorns woven from radio wire. They wouldn’t leave the hell they’d survived without it. It was made by a Jewish POW in honor of the Catholic chaplain that men of every faith loved: Fr. Emil Kapaun. … More Servant of God Fr. Kapaun, Pray for Us – Chris Stefanick

I get distracted when I pray. Does God stop listening?

No, He doesn’t. One of St. Thomas Aquinas’ questions in his masterful Summa Theologica is “Whether Attention is a Necessary Condition of Prayer?” His answer may be a bit of a surprise (and perhaps a relief):

“Purposely to allow one’s mind to wander in prayer is sinful, and hinders the prayer from having fruit….But to wander in mind unintentionally does not deprive the prayer of fruit.” (ST, II-II, Q. 83, a. 13). … More I get distracted when I pray. Does God stop listening?

The Power in a Mother’s Prayers! – By Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle

Pope John Paul II gave us some poignant words to ponder. He told us that prayer is related to our very humanity and the first condition for authentic freedom of spirit. Specifically, he said, “It should never be forgotten that prayer constitutes an essential part of the Christian life, understood in its fullness and centrality. Indeed, prayer is an important part of our very humanity; it is ‘the first expression of man’s inner truth, the first condition for authentic freedom of spirit’” (Pope John Paul II, Address at the Mentorella Shrine, October 29, 1978). … More The Power in a Mother’s Prayers! – By Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle

Guest Post from Sarah Reinhard: The Bells Draw Me Back

The idea behind setting up the alarms was one that was inspired by a friend’s book mentioning the Ignatian practice of a daily (and through-the-day) examen. I adapted it to a three-time-a-day grateful prayer, which was inspired by a different friend’s morning tweeting. This friend begins each morning with a #gratefultweet (that’s the hashtag). I started doing it and it’s become a different sort of public prayer for me. … More Guest Post from Sarah Reinhard: The Bells Draw Me Back

Sacred Silence: More Than Mere Absence of Sound – by Matthew Leonard

Note from the Chair: Today’s guest blogger is another good friend, Matt Leonard. Matt is a remarkable young author, speaker, and all-around great guy. He’s the Executive Director of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, along with being a husband and father. His rigorous writing and speaking schedule have given rise to rumors that … More Sacred Silence: More Than Mere Absence of Sound – by Matthew Leonard

“We Want God” – On the Ways of Christian Prayer – by Mike Aquilina

More than a million people crowded the apparently godless public square of the capital city of communist Poland. It was June 1979, and they had gathered to see the recently elected Polish pope, John Paul II.
Someone shouted, “We want God,” and soon the chant was taken up by the million voices: “We want God. We want God. We want God.” … More “We Want God” – On the Ways of Christian Prayer – by Mike Aquilina

Are We Willing to Embrace a “Deeper Theology” for Women? – Guest post by Teresa Tomeo

Note from the Chair: FLPH is deeply grateful to the many good Catholics who stand on the front lines of the new evangelization. Among them is a good friend, Teresa Tomeo. For the one or two people who don’t know Teresa, she is a syndicated Catholic radio show host, motivational speaker, best selling author, and … More Are We Willing to Embrace a “Deeper Theology” for Women? – Guest post by Teresa Tomeo