Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

If you asked me to choose my “favorite” station of the Cross, it would be the 6th station: Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus.  For many years I’ve been drawn to this station because I see in this scene what actually happens to us when we meditate on the life of Jesus.

The name Veronica means “true image.”  Tradition tells us that this faithful woman approached Christ in compassion and tenderly wiped the blood, sweat, and tears from His face as He carried the Cross to Calvary.  In return, He left the image of his beautiful face upon her veil.

Veronica’s veil is symbolic of our interior life.  As we meditate on the mysteries of Christ’s life, His image is perfected in us.  The more we contemplate Jesus, the more we become like Him.

During this Holy Week, may each of us commit to spending extra time with Jesus.  If we do, He will give to us what He gave to Veronica: the stain of sin will be washed away, and His image will be perfected in us.

A blessed Holy Week to each of you!

The Path of Prayer

There’s a path you can walk that leads to peace
A path that leads to joy
There’s a path you can walk that leads to faith
A path that leads to hope
There’s a path you can walk that leads to love
A path that leads to God

It’s the path of prayer

On the path of prayer you will find peace
You will find lasting joy
On the path of prayer you will find faith
You will find shining hope
On the path of prayer you will find love
Safe in the arms of God

How to Pray: Honesty With God

 

“Let’s be honest.”

“I’ll be honest with you.”

“Honestly…”

“Honest to goodness.”

These are all phrases we’ve either heard or spoken numerous times.  As children, we were taught that telling the truth is the right thing to do.  And yet how many of us got into trouble–or maybe even still do!–for lying?

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How to Pray: Be Aware

It is important that we have the proper focus when we pray.  Christian prayer is not about introspection; Christian prayer is Christ-centered.  And so our awareness as we begin to pray is crucial.

When we quiet our minds and hearts by relaxing and focusing on our breath, we are not preparing to naval-gaze; we are preparing to enter into a prayerful awareness of God’s loving presence in and around us.

A Common Mistake
Many people mistakenly focus on themselves at the beginning of prayer.  I still fall into this trap at times.  It’s easy to do, because when we pray we want to pour our hearts out to God.  But authentic prayer is meant to lead us to deeper communion with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Yes, we should still pour out our hearts to God in prayer, but first our awareness ought to be on the Lord’s love for us. Read more »

How to Pray: Be Still

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Let’s go deeper into the subject of how to pray.  In my last post I suggested four steps to help us enter into prayer.  I’d like to explore each of these in more detail in the next few posts. As we enter into prayer, we first choose to be still.  “Be still and know that […]

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How to Pray

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“Master, teach us how to pray” (Luke 11:1).  After being in the company of Jesus, listening to His words, witnessing His healings, and seeing His deep relationship with His Heavenly Father, the Apostles longed to know how to pray as Jesus prayed.  They were attracted by His holiness and His peace. We, too, long to […]

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The Rosary and Meditation: The Beads

There’s a renewed interest in spirituality these days, especially the practice of meditation.  For the next several posts I’d like to reflect upon a great Catholic tradition that I believe is one of the best ways to practice meditation and to progress in contemplative prayer: the Rosary. Let’s start with the most obvious fact about […]

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Praying with the Bible

Praying with the Bible is one of the best ways to have a deeper relationship with the Lord.  In this vlog, I give some tips on how to pray with Scripture.  Enjoy! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFDL3zJQtuo] Here’s the link to the Sacred Space book Follow me on Facebook or Twitter If you enjoyed this vlog, please share it:

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The Essence of Prayer

I love you with my heart.  I seek you with my heart. After Christmas, I spent a couple of days on quiet retreat.  One evening, as I sat in silence before the Eucharist, I found myself praying these words to Jesus: (Breathing in) I love you with my heart; (breathing out) I seek you with […]

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Overcoming Fear

What are you afraid of? We all have fears.  Fear of the future.  Fear of rejection.  Fear of being vulnerable.  Fear of failure.  Some of us live in a constant state of fear.  It’s no wonder then that the most frequent words in the Bible are, “Do not be afraid.” “Do not be afraid.”  These […]

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Unanswered Prayer?

“Why doesn’t God answer my prayer?”  Let’s be honest: most of us have probably had this thought; many of us have probably even expressed it vocally.  Why are there times when it seems that God is distant, that He just doesn’t seem to hear my request, that He doesn’t answer?  Well, the truth is that […]

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A Prayerful Dialogue

“God is love” (1 John 4:8) A troubled Soul: Lord, sometimes I have a hard time believing that you love me unconditionally. Jesus: Why? Soul: Because I have so many imperfections.  I feel weighed down by weaknesses.  I commit the same sins over and over. Jesus: Your saying “I” a lot. Sounds like you’re focused […]

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How to Begin Your Prayer

“For me prayer is a surge of the heart, it is a simple look towards Heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy” – St. Therese of Lisieux My first assignment was at St. Philip’s parish in Greenville, RI.  St. Philip’s is a vibrant parish comprised of about […]

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A Simple but Powerful New Year’s Resolution

Please note that I’ll be on retreat and then a little vacation until January 9.  On my retreat I will pray for all of you who read my blog.  I may not be posting again until mid-January.  My new post is right below this disclaimer! ___________________________________________________________________________________________ “Make yourself a capacity and I will make myself […]

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Why God Became a Baby

“A God who became so small could only be mercy and love” (St. Therese of Lisieux). Last Monday evening I was blessed to visit Amy and Paul and their newborn baby boy, Joseph, at the hospital.  It was last April when I celebrated Amy and Paul’s wedding, and it’s been a joy seeing them eagerly […]

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