Category Archives: Prayer

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Secrets of the Catholic Church

What is this?

Looks like a fine marbled mosaic, attracting our gaze and lifting our minds to the ethereal plane to contemplate spiritual matters.

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Let us pray for you

We have added a new page to allow you to send prayer requests to us. The form is anonymous if you don’t wish to share your name or email. Let us pray for you.


Monday: Roll for Initiative

“Roll for initiative? What is this strange speech? I have not yet enjoyed sweet java this morning.” – some dude

The roll for initiative is a role playing game (RPG) staple. The roll determines who goes first, be it among players, enemies, etc. There are a million ways to do it and every game has its tweaks (stats, buffs, bonuses, die, punchies…..). You do the same in several sports. Badminton, raquetball, volleyball, football (coin toss). Now do you get it?

So you are beginning a Monday. What will you encounter?

  • A short deadline project
  • Trolls
  • A fire to put out (real or figurative)
  • An irate customer
  • No coffee in the pot
  • An opportunity to gossip
  • A Beholder
  • Traffic

No matter what you encounter (watch out for eye beams, dude), take care that you prepare yourself for anything.

How? Armor? Buffs? Magic missile?

I suggest, adventurer, that you prepare yourself by spending time with God in prayer before your day starts. Offer today and all your work to God’s glory. Ask for the intercession of the Blessed Mother and St Joseph.

Surprises will happen, but we are never fully alone. Let’s pray for each other today. I just prayed for you.

And for the record, I just rolled a 17 (1d20).

Last Brain Exercise for 2014

Catholic men should be spending 30 minutes in focused thought to start their day. Non Catholics should do the same. Here are my suggestions for 12/31/2014.

Meditate on Sacred Scripture:
◾Proverbs 31
◾Psalm 31

Situational Response. Eliminate any persons from the scenario who do not apply to your family.

Proverbs 31 is about a virtuous woman. Take some time today to meditate on your spouse and your marriage. Thank God. Pray for your spouse. Count your blessings.

Not married? Pray for your vocation. If you are called to marriage, pray for your future spouse. If you are called to celibacy, pray for the relationships you have. If you are called to religious life or the priesthood, pray for the Church.

Share any good ideas from your drill time in the comment boxes.


Catholic Guys Need Encouragement

Catholic ladies, I’d like to make an appeal to you.  We, the Catholic men of the world, need encouragement.  Fewer and fewer of us understand the great weight that is placed upon our shoulders to be the men that God has called us to be.  Those of us who do understand the gravity of our vocation are often overwhelmed.  We feel as though it is us against the entire world and that the odds are steeply stacked against us.  These men need to be reminded that we are not alone and that we have our women to support and love us, whether you are our spouse, our friend, our sibling, our parent, or our child.  We so appreciate prayer and a word of encouragement.  Don’t stop praying.

Those who do not understand what it means to be a man called by God are living in ignorant bliss, like little boys with their toys.  Well, these men also need your prayers and support.  Without a nudge here and there and a challenge to better ourselves, we might otherwise hang on to childish ways and self-centered living, even within the sacrament of matrimony.  Men respond to a challenge, so challenge us.  Show us that you love us regardless, but give us a challenge to step up our game.  Bring us to a couples conference, challenge us to a scripture reading showdown (I can show you how to do this one), see who can out love the other.  Get us moving in the right direction.  And pray pray pray pray for our ongoing conversion.

Whether we are called to the sacrament of matrimony, holy orders, religious life, or the call to live as a single person in the world, women and men are designed to compliment one another.  We work best when we work together.  So consider this a challenge from us.  Love us fiercely, and refuse to let us slack off.  Do not let us sit idly while others grow in their faith and love.  Never cease to pray for us, and always ask the intercession of our Blessed Mother.

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope….

Get on the Floor and Dance! A Primer on Catholic Prayer

I promise this post IS NOT about liturgical dance, but you’ll have to open the article to see if I’m lying.  Read the rest of this entry

Know Your Faith: Study

It’s amazing how little we sometimes know our faith. It’s even more amazing to consider how selective we tend to be in the practice and teaching of our beliefs. I believe the cause is poor catechesis. However, we have been given a great tool to aid us, the Catechism.

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Get Off Your Arse and Quit Sinning

I believe many who sin do so out of boredom and idleness. The old addage, “An idle mind is the Devil’s workshop.” has a point. If our attention is vague, it opens our mind to other stimuli. Well, Satan has plenty of things to throw at you. A few easy examples.

  • self doubt
  • hatred
  • lust
  • jealousy
  • anger
  • resentment

If, however, our mind is occupied, we can avoid a lot of that.


So rather than surf the net or zone out in front of Netflix, go walking, hit the gym, read a good book, say a rosary, exercize. If you ever feel tempted, drop what you are doing and take a prayer walk.

I am telling you that this works. Plus it keeps us from being lazy farts. So get up and do something today.

Catholic Men, Read Your Bible Daily

It is second nature to me to read my Bible regularly, but as I connect with Catholic men around this country I do seem to run into several guys who aren’t big Bible readers.  That has to change, guys. Read the rest of this entry