Jesus, Teach Us to Pray

Jesus’ words recorded in Sacred Scripture continue to speak to us just as clearly today as to the eager crowds who listened to Him on the hills of Galilee. The subject of prayer, which Jesus addressed often and practiced consistently throughout His time on earth, is one eminently worthy of revisiting. The Gospels make it clear that, by word and example, Jesus modeled for us the importance of a close personal relationship with the Father we share in common.

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Our Lady at Pentecost ~ Prayer Personified

When they entered the city, they went to the upper room where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers” (Acts 1:13 – 14).

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The dragon was angry with The Woman

May 14

“Then the dragon was angry with the woman, and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus.”

–Revelation 12:17

 

Today’s Reflection

Who are “the woman’s offspring” and what does this indicate about the need for vigilance?

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Feast of Our Lady of Fatima

May 13
“The knot of Eve’s disobedience was loosed by the obedience of Mary.”

–St. Irenaeus

Today’s Reflection: 

Why was Mary’s obedience so pivotal in salvation history?

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Life on earth is a warfare

May 12
“Recognize it or not, our life on earth is a warfare (see CCC, 409), and every day and age from the beginning of time tells the story of dour combat with diabolic forces, a war between good and evil. This battle originated in the heavens before the dawn of humanity but was not confined there. It spilled onto the earth, placing all generations of humanity in a perpetual
state of general quarters.”
 – Johnnette S. Benkovic and Thomas K. Sullivan
Today’s Reflection
How do I struggle with good and evil in my life? In what ways can I combat evil by prayer of the Rosary, fasting, and almsgiving?

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Docility of heart

May 11
“What do you want of me?”
– Lucia dos Santos to Our Lady of Fatima
Today’s Reflection
Ponder Lucia’s question to Our Lady of Fatima? How is her docility of heart something we can emulate in our own lives?

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Peace is a gift

May 10
“Peace is a gift of God, not the work of politicians.”
– Father Petrus Pavlicek
Today’s Reflection
How can we be more receptive to the peace that only God can give?

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Idleness

May 9
“It is not permissible for anyone to remain idle.”
-Christifidelis Laici, 3
Today’s Reflection
How can you become more engaged in the life of the Church and your Christian faith?

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The final confrontation

May 8
“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of the American society, or wide circles of the Christian community, realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the Gospel and the anti-gospel. This confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence; it is a trial which the whole Church must take up.”

– Karol Wojtyla (St. John Paul II)

 

Today’s Reflection

Why are so many blind to the spiritual battle that is being waged around us? How can we help the scales to be removed?

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