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Prayer and the call to Stewardship: Prayer and Care for the World

Posted Oct 22, 2017

If you look at anything the Catholic Church has written about stewardship in the past few years it will begin with a fundamental thought about our identity: You and I are disciples of Jesus Christ. This means that, ideally, we see the world a little differently. We ultimately see ourselves as...

Prayer and Hearing God’s Call to Care

Posted Oct 15, 2017

As we continue our journey of prayer together, my hope is that you are finding your fifteen minutes of daily prayer to be fruitful and beginning to nourish your life. Please don’t hesitate to contact Fr. Kyle or me, if you think we can help we would love to pray with you and do what we can...

An Idea for forming a Small Scripture Prayer Group

Posted Oct 09, 2017

On the feast day of St. Monica, in addition to the challenge of praying for fifteen minutes a day, I invited us to try to form small prayer groups to reflect on the weekly Sunday Scriptures. My hope would be at some point in the future we will be able to provide more resources to help form...

How the Rosary Can Be a More Meaningful Prayer

Posted Oct 01, 2017

The USCCB catechism has a description of what are referred to as the three “modes” of prayer. These modes are important in understanding how we can pray better. The modes are vocal prayer, meditation, and contemplation. All three are potentially present any time we place ourselves...

Staff Reductions

Posted Sep 24, 2017

Many of you may already be aware of this but it is with sadness that would like to inform you that we have had to reduce our staff here at St. Monica. You may have noticed that we had a collection shortfall that totaled over 50,000 dollars by the end of August. We budgeted to be able to collect...

The St. Monica Year of Prayer: What is God saying to me?

Posted Sep 17, 2017

One of the reasons we pray is to discover what God is saying to us about our lives. Next year when our focus is on our vocation we will spend more time with this idea but for now we can acknowledge that we don’t need to feel lost and alone. God loves you and has a plan for your life. So...

Why pray at all? Does it make any difference?

Posted Sep 10, 2017

The son of St. Monica, St. Augustine, wrote one line about God in his in his famous work, Confessions  that seems to make sense to a lot of people who pray: “You have made us for yourself O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” I think a lot of us, especially...

A summary of last week’s homily and parish prayer challenge:

Posted Sep 02, 2017

The celebration of a parish feast day is a good day to think what the life of our patroness can teach us. When I reflect on the life of St. Monica I see that she was exceedingly prayerful and that she embraced a vocation as a wife and a mother and that she evangelized. I would like these three...

Prayer – Don’t Give Up!

Posted Aug 28, 2017

The most familiar type of prayer to most of us is the petition. In fact, outside of memorized prayers, probably the first thing we learned to do was to ask God for something. However our petitions often seem to go unanswered. We pray for peace in the world, an end to abortion, to be...

Unite in a Spirit of Hope

Posted Aug 20, 2017

In case there is any confusion about the Catholic position on the events of last week, below is a statement issued by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, the President of the United States Conferenceof Catholic Bishops the day after it happened: "As we learn more about the...

How do I hear God when I pray?

Posted Aug 13, 2017

Understanding how to hear God in prayer is one of the great struggles that many of us have in our personal prayer. We are often told that in addition to talking it is important to listen and that periods of long silence are not only fruitful but necessary in order to hear what God is...

What is the point of prayer?

Posted Aug 06, 2017

In a culture that often is focused on what we can gain for ourselves it can be difficult to understand what the point of prayer might be. In other words, if prayer doesn’t produce something for us we can often reject it or feel as if God doesn’t listen or understand. Living...

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