Bringing the Divine Office Down to Earth

It was more than 25 years ago that I began to pray the Divine Office or The Liturgy of the Hours.  I couldn’t tell you now what made me start praying this way, but I can tell you what a difference it has made to me over these many years.  Here are just a few of the things I value about this prayer: It...

Birds of the Air, Bless the Lord

I’m not usually a big fan of birds.  I’ve had a few too many incidents in my life of birds leaving “a deposit” on my head for me to have any great fondness for things flying directly overhead.  But this weekend I had a couple of “bird encounters” that surprised me. On Saturday I armed myself...

Rejoicing When You Don’t Feel Joyful

Last week we celebrated the greatest of Christian feasts, the resurrection of Christ from the dead, and we are well into 50 days of celebrating this joyful event. Alleluias ring out in the liturgy and in every song, expressing the joy of God’s victory over sin and death. Unfortunately for me, in the midst...

The Catholic Prayer Book

Back in 1986 Servant Books first published a United States edition of The Catholic Prayer Book. It was designed to be an all-purpose prayer book for every situation. It included prayers for Mass and the sacraments, prayers for good times and bad, and prayers for families, for the Church, for work and for...

Feel the Fire

Maybe it’s because it’s a cold, lazy, snowy (and somewhat miserable) February day in Michigan. Or maybe it’s because the 40 days of Lent are upon us. Or maybe I just needed some quick inspiration near the end of a long day where I spent five hours in phone meetings. Whatever it was I found myself drawn...

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