Category Archives: Faith

Book Review: The Seven Deadly Sins

You may have heard of the Seven Deadly Sins, but it’s a fair guess that if you were catechized anytime after 1971 you can’t name them, must less describe them — or recognize how they apply to your life. That’s … Continue reading

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Brain Scans Reveal 1st Physical Evidence AA Prayers Reduce Cravings

How important is prayer?  A new study gives dramatic evidence that prayer isn’t simply a “spiritual” activity, but one that can have real impacts on people’s lives.  The study may explain how the Lord’s Prayer to “lead us not into … Continue reading

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Praying with Opus Dei — The ‘Norms of Piety’

As I noted last week, with St. Josemaria Escriva was developing the Norms of Piety observed by members of Opus Dei, it was almost impossible for a layperson to pray the Liturgy of the Hours.  To start with, the Divine … Continue reading

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How to Pray Always — Without a Breviary

Last week I wrote about how I never go more than three hours without prayer.  For me, the key to that is to pray all seven hours of the Divine Office, or Liturgy of the Hours. But that involves the … Continue reading

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Ritual and Routines Are Key to Prayer

“Rejoice always.  Pray without ceasing.  In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) Easier said than done, as anyone who has tried it knows.  It is certainly vital … Continue reading

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25% Calorie Reduction Leads to Health Benefits in Non-Obese Adults

Jesus made it clear he expects us to fast. But few Catholics do.  At least on any sustained basis — even as little as fasting just on Fridays. But new evidence suggests fasting is good for you. The latest found … Continue reading

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Why Eating Late at Night Might Be Making You Fat

The secret to better health could be as simple as an early dinnertime — and a 12-hour fast, according to this Reader’s Digest article.  When you get hungry, or want that evening snack, link it to a prayer for those … Continue reading

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Welcome, New Catholic!

At the Easter Vigil you took a huge step, becoming a member of the Catholic Church, the one founded by Jesus roughly 2,000 years ago. We hope and pray that as a years roll on, you’ll be ever more grateful … Continue reading

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Why Penance Is So Hard

Members of the Confraternity of Penitents have four major areas in which they practice  penance:  90 minutes of prayer a day, food (fasting about one-third of the year and eating meat only on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday), clothing and becoming … Continue reading

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Trying to Conceive Soon After Pregnancy Loss May Increase Chances of Live Birth

Couples who attempt to conceive within three months after losing an early pregnancy, defined as less than 20 weeks gestation, have the same chances, if not greater, of achieving a live birth than those who wait for three months or … Continue reading

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