• 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…

  • Faith and Life,  Scripture

    Mountain-Top Moments

    Mountains figure both prominently and metaphorically in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible – frequently shown as places of prayer and of solitude but perhaps most often, depicted as places of encounter with God. And so in this sense, the Biblical mountain is something of a motif for meeting the Lord in a particular way. In Exodus, the second book of the Old Testament, we find Israel encamped at the foot of Mount Sinai, while Moses is summoned to it’s peak by the Lord. God gives instruction to Moses, who is to inform the people to prepare themselves – “Have them sanctify themselves.. for on the third day,…

  • Faith and Life,  Scripture

    Fed By The Word

    At Church this morning, I heard the phrase ‘fed by the Word’ – and it really struck me, even though it is a phrase I have heard many times previously. The Word, truly alive and active, nourishes our heart, like a garden being watered before the planting of seed. It is only with the watering by the Word that the seed – our participation in the sacramental life of the Church – can bear good fruit. Although Catholics are given every opportunity – and are encouraged in every way – to read and to love the Word of God in the Scriptures, I’m not convinced that (at least as a…