Why Pray?: The Truth about Prayer

Does prayer really do anything?

If God cared about us, why would He need us to ask for anything before He gave it to us?

The only think prayer does is make you feel good about yourself.

Do you ever find yourself thinking this way about prayer? Or have your heard others question prayer in this way? That’s totally normal . . . you are not a freak or a “terrible Christian.” It shows that you are taking prayer seriously and not just kind of “going through the motions.” If prayer is going to “mean something,” then it should “do something.”

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I Started Praying with Mary and This is What Happened

For a long time I faked having a relationship with Mary. Even after I had a relationship with God, and leadership roles at my parish I just didn’t give it much thought. I didn’t even know how to correctly say the rosary until I did summer missions in college. So […]

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Letters to God: 5 Reasons to Keep a Journal

Journaling isn’t a magic trick. It’s a style of prayer that brings us closer to an intimate friendship with the divine.

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How Liturgy of the Hours Became a Part of My Life

Liturgy of the Hours: a Catholic, ancient form of prayer that used to intimidate the heck out of me. I walked into our campus’ chapel once to find our priests and FOCUS missionaries praying morning prayer, one of the parts of Liturgy of the Hours. I optimistically tried to follow […]

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9 Journal Prompts for Holy Week

I hope that these journal prompts help you to draw closer to Jesus during Holy Week, as we prepare our hearts for the holiest day of the year.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Adoration

The first time I went to adoration I was a sophomore in college and it was unintentional. Really.

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7 Tips to Pray More This Year

But, what we miss out on, when we only view God as the man who could grant our every Christmas wish is a relationship.

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The One-Minute Challenge

My challenge to you is to begin today with one minute of silence.

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The Rosary is the Greatest Prayer for Peace

Far from offering an escape from the problems of the world, the Rosary obliges us to see them with responsible and generous eyes, and obtains for us the strength to face them with the certainty of God’s help and the firm intention of bearing witness in every situation to 'love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony' (Colossians 3:14).

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How to Make a Rosary

Our friends at RosaryArmy.com have some great instructions for how to make your own rope rosary. Do something meaningful (and super Catholic) with some of your free time and get together with your friends or youth group to make a bunch of rosaries for yourselves, or to give away. You could even make small rosaries that are just one decade and wear it on your wrist as a witness and reminder to pray

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