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Prayer for Spiritual Protection

Fr. Joel God & Faith 4 Comments

This past summer I attended a youth trip where the organizers had decided to pray a prayer for spiritual protection every day. There exist real forces of evil. Our Catholic faith clearly teaches that there are spirits that are opposed to God’s work in the world and that try to keep us from doing God’s will. A prayer for spiritual …

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Easter 2016 “The Kingdom Has Come”

Fr. Joel God & Faith

For generations Israel waited and hoped for a new King. He would be a son of David anointed by God (‘the Christ’) to establish a new Kingdom on earth (Isaiah 11:1-10). For three years Jesus had been preaching and teaching. Angels had sung at his birth and wise men traveled far to honor him. He healed the sick and even raised the dead. Was he the …

There are so many different religions in the world, how do you know which is the right one? (Part 1)

Fr. Joel Church meets World, God & Faith

I will save you the trouble of reading the whole article: the right answer is the Catholic Church. What were you expecting from a Catholic priest? But please don’t take my word for it. This isn’t an answer you just Google, take the first article that pops up, and consider yourself done. You have to do your own work. Keep …

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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 …

Prayer: Is It Really God?

Fr. Joel God & Faith

You’ve started to pray. You talk to God and listen to Him. When you do, thoughts and images come to mind. And you start to wonder: How do I know this is really God speaking to me? We know that God is active in our lives and in the world, but there is another spirt, who scripture calls a liar and the …

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Prayer: A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

Fr. Joel God & Faith

Meditation engages thought, imagination, emotion, and desire. This mobilization of faculties is necessary in order to deepen our convictions of faith, prompt the conversion of our heart, and strengthen our will to follow Christ. Christian prayer tries above all to meditate on the mysteries of Christ, as in lectio divina or the rosary. This form of prayerful reflection is of …