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The truth is, sometimes we just don’t feel like praying. Maybe we don’t believe that our prayers are being answered. Maybe something has happened that has shaken our faith. Maybe we just don’t know what to say…or do.How can you get your prayer life back on track? Use short prayers. God really just wants you to talk to him. Maybe you’re putting it off because you don’t have a lot of time to spend. Try talking to God as if he were standing right beside you...

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Midsummer is officially in June, at the summer solstice, though that is actually the start of summer. Real midsummer is now, as we’re about halfway through the season. Another month before we’re doing the back-to-school thing, still time to reflect. Midlife is a similar time of reflection, halfway through a standard allotment of years on earth. It’s appropriate to think of both summer and life in terms of seasons, and here are a few tips to help: Do it now. If there’s som...

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It’s a wide world out there, filled with people who are very different from us. There are a couple of ways of dealing with our differences, ranging from friendship on one end to war on the other. But what does Jesus call us to do? He tells us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. And St. Paul in his letter to the Church in Rome writes, “If your enemy is hungry, give him something to eat; if thirsty, something to drink. By this, you will be heaping red-hot...

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We know that seasons change, and just as natural seasons change, we can also see the changing of seasons in our lives. The book of Ecclesiastes tells us that there is a season for everything, and adds, “God has made everything beautiful for its own time.”If you are going through a difficult season in your life, here are some ways to cope with it: The dry season: You feel uninspired, and your prayer life seems empty. Remind yourself that you’re not the first person to feel this ...

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Saint Theresa, often called the Little Flower, was born in Normandy, France, in 1873. She was the youngest of the five daughters born to Louis and Zelie Martin. Theresa was a very lively, lovable little girl. Her father called her his "little queen." Yet she could be too sensitive and irritable. In the story she wrote of her life, she tells how the Infant Jesus helped her overcome this weakness.It was Theresa's great desire to enter the Carmelite convent where two of her siste...

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Sometimes it’s easy to wonder! Things can go terribly wrong in our lives, often through events or circumstances outside of our control. The world can feel like an unfriendly place. Where is God in it all? How do I know he loves me? Look around you. We generally see what we want to see. If you expect to see bad things, you will. But if you expect to look around yourself and see God’s presence and love, even in small things, then you will see that, too. The gift of such a crazy be...

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These days, many people feel as if the world were spinning out of control. We’re assaulted by news that isn’t just bad, but is particularly horrible, every time we turn on the radio or consult the internet. Some days it feels completely overwhelming. How can God allow things to get so far out of hand?When you’re feeling like nothing is making sense anymore, here are three things you can try: Pray about it. Prayer changes things. Prayer changes us. God has arranged his world so ...

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If you’re like a lot of Catholics, you probably don’t go to confession regularly—or often. But Lent is coming, and starting the season with confession is a good way to begin; if you don’t know what to “work on” this Lent, confession might help you zero in on something in your life you’d like to see changed.Still, if you haven’t been to confession for a long time, it’s easy to feel intimidated by the whole process. Here are a few tips to get y...

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Set between Epiphany and Lent, on February 2, there’s a holiday that’s easy to overlook. It’s the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus and the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, but it’s also known as Candlemas, a Christian holiday adopted from a pagan one, marking the halfway point between the shortest day of the year and the beginning of spring, when traditionally candles were brought into churches to be blessed. Candle...

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What is life all about?Why do relationships, sex, and members of the opposite sex leave me feeling hurt or confused?These are questions teens and young people are asking whenever they look in the mirror. David Hadjuk has a message of hope for them. He says to young people: Don't give up hope on the deepest desire of the human heart--authentic love!Dare to imagine what it means to be created in the image of God. Discover God’s amazing plan for you!  In...