journey-header

Prayer

prayer charles borromeo nov 4
Prayer Must Come First – Charles Borromeo

Charles Borromeo, the bishop apostle of Northern Italy during the Catholic Reformation, on the primacy of prayer, read on his feast day, November 4. Though he is here addressing priests, his advice on meditation, distractions and recollection is valuable for all Christians....

god refuge ambrose thirst waters
God is Our Refuge – Ambrose

Here St. Ambrose comments on the biblical theme of God as Our Refuge (Pslam 45) and emphasizes God's incomparable goodness for which we must thirst as if deer longing for fountains of water....

christian prayer power sacrifices tertullian
Power of Christian Prayer – Tertullian

Tertullian, in the late second century, writes of the power of Christian prayer, which replaces the sacrifices of old and makes us priests who are worshipers in spirit and in truth. Prayer is one of the three traditional tools for spiritual growth in Lent...

ratzinger benedict XVI contemplation of beauty art
Contemplation of Beauty – Joseph Ratzinger

This Lenten and Holy Week meditation on Psalm 45 and the contemplation of beauty represents a message that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) sent to a meeting of the ecclesial movement Communion and Liberation in August 2002. The group was meeting in...

widows mite icon
Prayer, Fasting and Mercy

The key penitential practices of Lent-prayer, fasting, and almsgiving or mercy are here explained by one of the greatest preachers of the early Church. Saint Peter Chrysologus shows how Lenten prayer, mercy and fasting are one, and they give life to each other....

prayer god joy light
Prayer as Conversation with God – John Chrysostom

Saint John Chrysostom here speaks of the gift of prayer as continual conversation with God that proceeds from longing for God that lifts the soul into the heavens where it embraces God and brings great joy and light to the soul....

lent5
Fear of the Lord – St. Hilary

“The Fear of the Lord" is a biblical expression that has often been a cause of misunderstanding. "Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who walk in his ways." Here an Early Church Father and Doctor of the Church, St. Hilary of Poitiers comments...

Holy Week Triduum devotions readings thanksgiving prayers
Holy Week Readings and Thanksgiving Prayers

Excerpts from two ancient Holy Week homilies followed by a special Holy Week thanksgiving prayer appropriate for either personal or corporate use. Super devotions for the sacred Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday....

Lord's prayer Christ teaches us to pray Our Father
Christ Teaches Us to Pray – Cyprian

This post on the Lord's Prayer comes from one of the earliest treatises on the Our Father, written around AD 240 by Cyprian of Carthage. It discusses one of the three pillars of Lenten penance, namely, the importance and power of prayer....

paschal feast festal athanius easter
Celebrating Easter the Paschal Feast

This excerpt from a Easter letter by St. Athanasius was written around 340 AD to prepare the people of Alexandria, Egypt for the celebration of the Paschal Feast of Easter. It clearly demonstrates the sacramental and liturgical nature of worship in the early church....