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Prayer for Detachment

Today is the feast day for Saint Nicholas of Flüe. One of his prayers is quoted in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 226, with reference to Mt 5:29-30; 16:24-26) My Lord and my God, take from me everything that distances me from you. My Lord and my God, give me everything that brings me […]

The Way, the Truth, the Life

Jesus said: I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Without the Way, there is no going. Without the Truth, there is no knowing. Without the Life, there is no living. I am the Way which you ought to follow, The Truth which you ought to believe, The Life which you to hope for. […]

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Morning Prayer of Saint Basil the Great

As I rise from sleep, I thank You, O Holy Trinity, for through Your great goodness and patience You have not been angry with me, an idler and sinner, nor have You destroyed me with mine iniquities, but has shown Your usual love for mankind; and when I was prostrate in despair, You have raised […]

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The following poem/prayer is by Fr. J. Michael Sparough, S.J. It originally appeared in the journal Presence, Vol. 1, Number 1, January, 1995. My spiritual director read it to me about two months ago from the book, A Retreat with Our Lady, Dominic and Ignatius. This poem/prayer hits the very center of everything for me. […]

Into Your Silence

O Lord Jesus, Your words to your Father were born out of your silence. Lead me into this silence, so that my words may be spoken in your name and thus be fruitful. It is so hard to be silent, silent with my mouth, but even more, silent with my heart. There is so much […]


From Br. Joseph — What is a person? Classical Christian theology and philosophy defines a person as one who has the ability to know, to love, and to choose (to will). This is the image of God in which we are made. (The angels, our spiritual kinsmen, are also persons made in the image of […]

An Evening Prayer

This prayer comes from my parish’s lenten penance service the other night. In its own way, it is a form of nightly examen. I might just try to adopt this as part of my routine. I am not dust of the earth that has no father or mother. I am not like the beast of […]

Promise of a Coming Day

A stanza from “Southern Cross” by Crosby, Stills, and Nash: When you see the Southern Cross for the first time, You understand now why you came this way, ‘Cause the truth you might be runnin’ from is so small, But it’s as big as the promise, the promise of a coming day. Reminds me of […]

A Prayer for Lent

From Br. Joseph — Here is a simple prayer to start each day during Lent. As with all prayer, liturgy, worship, and spiritual reading, it is to draw us deeper into relationship with God, our Father. Father, I call upon You to be with me. I invite You into my heart,      into my […]


From Br. Joseph — All is gift. Even your next breath is gift if you think about. Everything involves a choice, especially how we spend our time. Is it our time or God’s time? Here is a reflection/prayer on time from Michael Quoist: I went out, Lord. People were coming and going, Walking and running. […]

Humbly Adore

O God, as once the good angels humbled themselves to adore You appearing before them as a man, may man humbly adore You appearing before us as bread. — from a prayer card [via]

A Prayer for the New Year

We so often pray from a sense of need. In Scripture, Your son Jesus always prayed from a sense of Your abundance. And so Father, we too pray in Your abundance. Father, please bless all of the children born this year, their parents and siblings, and their future friends. May they all be drawn into […]

Mind, Heart, Wisdom, Conduct

Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you. — Saint Thomas Aquinas

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Servant Song

What do you want of me, Lord? Where do you want me to serve you? Where can I sing your praises? I am your song. Jesus, Jesus, you are my Lord.      Jesus, Jesus, you are the way. I hear you call my name, Lord, and I am moved within me. Your Spirit stirs […]


All men complain that they haven’t enough time. They look at their lives from too human a point of view. There is always time to do what God wants us to do, but we must put ourselves completely into each moment that he offers us. I went out, Lord. People were coming and going, Walking […]

Between Faith and Doubt

A prayer I wrote for our all-school retreat. We are called. But who calls us? And why? How? What? When? Where? These are all good questions, but— of all of these, the most important is who? In the name of… On the thin border, between faith and doubt—walks Christ— calling all to trust. Father, you […]

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Psalm 139 (Slightly Reworded)

From Br. Joseph — A preeminent theologian of the 20th century was once asked near the end of a long and distinguished career what was the most significant discovery or idea that greatly impacted his life. The great theologian’s response was simple and to the point, “God loves me.” There are many ways to describe […]

Prayer to the Trinity

O infinite Trinity, We sing of your glory in this daily prayer, Because through Christ you have made us sons And our hearts your dwelling place. Eternal, beyond time, The fountain of the life that never dies, Creation returns to you In a never-ending stream of love. We sing to you, O Immense One, In […]

The Shoulder Wound of Christ

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux asked Jesus what was His greatest unrecorded suffering. The Lord answered, “I had on My Shoulder, while I bore My Cross on the Way of Sorrows, a grievous Wound, which was more painful than the others, and which is not recorded by men.” Saint Bernard composed this prayer: O Loving Jesus, […]

A Prayer to Resist Sexual Temptation

Love can wait to give; lust can’t wait to get. Christopher West was on Life on the Rock last night to answer questions related to Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. Someone asked if he had any prayers to resist sexual temptation. I liked his response because it opens the door to a […]

Holy Cross Be My Light

It has been well over a year, maybe two, since I started wearing a wearing a small crucifix on a chain around my next. I wanted it close to my heart, so I wore it underneath my shirt. Sometime after Christmas, I added a St. Benedict’s medal to the chain. (Technically, it is referred to […]

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