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On praying with the Scriptures

On praying with the Scriptures The words of Sacred Scripture were not written to remain imprisoned on papyrus, parchment or paper, but to be received by a person who prays, making them blossom in his or her heart. The Word of God goes to the heart. The Catechism affirms that: “prayer should accompany the reading […]

The Pulse Prayer

Once, during a retreat, a person I was accompanying plonked himself in the chair opposite me and exclaimed, with some degree of frustration, “I can’t pray!” “Do you want to pray?” I asked. “Of course,” he replied. “Do you know why you want to?” I enquired. This brought some time of silence and quiet reflection. […]

Pope Francis and the Pandemic

This issue’s cover shows Jesus alone in his agony in the garden. It is a striking image of the Lord’s pain and sorrow, and also a stark symbol of the agony, pain and sorrow of each and every one of us. Jesus embodies our pain, our pain is his, and his is ours, because as […]

Friday 20 November

Apocalypse 10:8-11; Psalm 119:129-136; Luke 19:45-48 Habit of prayer A house of prayer can be a consecrated place where the world expects sacred things like prayer to go on. Our homes can be places of prayer too. We perhaps experienced this during lockdown. Keeping a time for family prayer is easier if adults also pray […]

The Interior Castle of 
St Teresa of Jesus of Ávila

Part 1 of 7 Introduction The Interior Castle is St Teresa’s masterpiece and one of the greatest books ever written about prayer. It is her most ordered and mature work, written in 1577 and taking six months to complete. It was said that those who observed her during this time saw a glowing radiance about […]

A Simple Way to Pray Always

Cardinal Nguyễn Văn Thuận (+ 2002) was imprisoned by the Vietnamese government for thirteen years. After my liberation, many people said to me: “Father in prison you must have had a lot of time to pray”. It was not as simple as one might think. The Lord permitted me to experience all my weakness, my […]

St Teresa of Ávila and The Way of Perfection

Its teaching on prayer — Part 2 of 2 The second major teaching in this spiritual classic, The Way of Perfection, is found in St Teresa’s commentary on the Lord’s Prayer, the Our Father, in Chapters 27-42. Imagine the honour and privilege of being able to address God as our Father. How close we are […]

A reflection on the prayer of Jacob

An edited version of the Pope’s catechesis One day Jacob hears the call of home. He sets out, undertaking a long journey until he reaches the final step, the Jabbok stream. Here the Book of Genesis (32: 23-33) describes that the patriarch Jacob, after having all of his people and all the livestock cross the […]


Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. Aesop, 6th Century BC, Androcles If the only prayer you ever said in your entire life was ‘Thank you’, that would suffice. Meister Eckhardt, 14th century priest, mystic, and theologian Gratitude in my life started out as an expression of good manners. Ever since I was a young […]


The Month of May 3 : 57th World Day of Prayer for Vocations3 – 10 : Vocations Awareness Week16 – 24 : Laudato Si’ Week24 : Ascension Day; World Communications Day25 – 31 : Week of Prayer for Christian Unity31 : Pentecost Sunday Pope Francis’ Prayer for Vocations Lord of the Harvest,bless young people with […]