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Start a Gratitude Journal

Fr. Joel Life on Planet Earth

I was talking to a priest friend about issues in our parishes. The more we talked about our problems, the more frustrated we both became. Our challenges grew bigger and our abilities shrunk. Then my friend said he’d read an article about a pastor who was incredibly successful. His Masses were well attended and his collections were overflowing. “What was …

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Prayer: Consolation and Desolation

Fr. Joel God & Faith

I was on retreat a few years ago and discovered how wonderful prayer could be. For the first time in my life I was looking forward to my daily prayers. Within a few weeks after I got home, I had stopped daily meditation. My prayer had gotten dry and fruitless. It was hard to put the time in only to …

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Prayer: Dealing with Distractions

Fr. Joel God & Faith

Anyone who has invested time and energy in prayer has discovered that it’s difficult. Prayer requires work, and it is often fraught with distractions. One of my most frequently asked questions is how to deal with distractions. Since I have mastered the art of praying without distractions, I will LOOK A SQUIRREL! Where was I? It seems to me that …