Apart from God is nothingness

Thinking about prayer, my desire to pray and the priest’s duty to be man of prayer, I found this reflection on prayer, dependence on God helpful. I think Dom Augustin’s essay is quite good at getting the heart of reality. Perhaps it be helpful for you, too.

The reasons for
praying are as numerous as they are imperative. They correspond to all our
needs without exception, and to all occasions. They are

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9 stages of the spiritual life according to Jean-Baptiste Chautard

I recommend to your consideration the stages of the spiritual life outlined by Jean-Baptiste Chautard in his book The Soul of the Apostolate. The 9 stages are listed by Capuchin Friar Charles on his blog, a minor friar.

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Saint Matthias

St Matthias.jpgYou have not chosen me; I have chosen you. Go and bear fruit that will last, alleluia.

O God, Who did associate blessed Matthias to the company of Thine Apostles, grant, we beseech Thee, that by his intercession we may ever experience Thy tender mercy towards us.
A brief biography of the Apostle Matthias.

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Our Lady of Fatima

JP II & OL Fatima.jpgBlessed are you, holy Virgin Mary and worthy of all praise. For the sun of justice, Christ our God, was born of you.


Lord, take away the sins of your people. May the prayers of Mary the mother of your Son help us, for alone and unaided we cannot hope to please you.

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The posture by which we enter into the work of Ecumenism

French Dominican theologian Cardinal Yves-Marie Congar once said: “We
can
pass through the doors of ecumenism only on our knees.”

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Indulgence given for the Year of the Priest

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Today, James
Cardinal Stafford, the Major Apostolic Penitentiary (or visit this link) announced that during the Year for Priests, June 19, 2009 –
June 19, 2010, the Pope Benedict will grant plenary indulgences to priests and
the faithful.

The year will
begin on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart

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About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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