“Advancing communion with God does not happen in isolation
from the rest of life.”
-Fr. Thomas Dubay, Fire Within
Prayer is not meant to be a pious exercise that occupies a few minutes of our time every day. It is meant to be deeply and personally transforming. How is your prayer life impacting the rest of your life? Are you growing in humility, patience, temperance, love of neighbor?
It’s easy to lose heart in prayer when we’re assailed by distractions and dryness, but the resolute soul knows that these are the times when our prayer gains the most merit because it is then that we are praying for God’s sake, and not for our own satisfaction. Ask the Spirit to help you to stick to your life of prayer, no matter what!
As shocking as Monday night’s vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivor’s Protection Act was to the nation, it was even more appalling to Catholics who watched 10 Senators who claim to be Catholic vote against a bill that would protect babies who were born alive after an abortion.
State legislatures continue to grapple with abortion law with Vermont being the latest to pass a gruesome bill allowing abortion at any stage in a pregnancy, and Arkansas passing a law that will ban abortion completely should Roe v. Wade ever be repealed.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced on Friday that they have produced a final rule that will restore Title X family planning regulations which prohibit funds from being used by clinics who are co-located with abortion facilities or who refer patients for abortions – a move which could impact Planned Parenthood facilities to the tune of $60 million a year.
“The closer one approaches to God, the simpler one becomes.”
-St. Teresa of Avila
A deeper relationship with God, which in turn deepens our trust in Him, inevitably leads to a release of many of our worries and anxieties as we learn how to “cast all our cares upon Him because He cares for us” (1 Peter 5:7). What worries and anxieties would you like to cast upon Him today?