• Prayer,  Rosary

    Rosary Meditations I

    THE JOYFUL MYSTERIES The Annunciation Dearest Mother, what joy filled Your Immaculate Heart as the Angel announced God’s plan to bring His Son into the world through You. This was entirely dependent upon Your freely-given consent – and this You gave whole-heartedly, expressing Your profound humility before the Lord. Pray for us that we, too, might seek nothing other than the will of God in our lives – and spare nothing of ourselves in seeking and obtaining it. The Visitation Dearest Mother, in a spirit of quiet charity, You went with haste to help Elizabeth in her need. In doing so, this moment became an opportunity to glorify the Lord,…

  • Prayer,  Scripture

    Praying With Christ

    Reading the Gospel accounts of Jesus walking among the people, who gather closely around Him, I sometimes wonder what it must have been like to have been there in those moments. To have been close to Him as the Disciples asked Him to “teach us to pray”, and as He responded with the Our Father. To have been there with His followers at all the moments in His life when He prayed. For the most part, Jesus prayed with the ancient prayer of the Psalms, with which He was very well acquainted, referring to them often throughout his ministry. And so, when we pray the Psalms, we are praying the…

  • Prayer,  Rosary,  Scripture,  Spiritual Devotions

    A Scriptural Rosary

    Writing to the entire Church at the close of the Jubilee Year in 2000, Pope John Paul II took some time to remind us of the call of the Second Vatican Council that all of us are called to holiness – he wrote that it was necessary to rediscover the full practical significance of this call. He said the Council Fathers wanted “to make the call to holiness an intrinsic and essential aspect of their teaching on the Church” (‘Novo Millennio Ineunte‘, para.30). He added that “The ways of holiness are many, according to the vocation of each individual.” Going on to speak specifically about prayer, the Holy Father noted…

  • Prayer,  World View

    The Sustenance of Conversation

    A friend of mine lost his wife recently. He said one of the hardest things he has encountered is having to start thinking of ‘me’ rather than ‘we’ – and of having to get used to doing things alone, which he has not done for many years. He misses the conversation. It’s absence signifies his loss quite profoundly. I looked around at Mass during the week and I noticed how many people – often, but not always, elderly – were there alone. I know several of them have lost spouses. I have no real idea of just how terrible that sense of crushing loss must be when lived out day…

  • Prayer

    A Radiating Light

    I never knew his name. In fact, I knew absolutely nothing whatsoever about him. Our lives crossed only momentarily and then went their divergent ways. But in that moment, I knew. I knew without a shadow of doubt. I knew, because it radiated from him as powerfully as the beam of a lighthouse in the darkness of the night out at sea. He was sitting quietly in one of the college Chapels while I was visiting the city and it was clear that he was intimately familiar with the place. He belonged there. He fit in perfectly. I turned a corner and there he was in front of me, sitting…