Some Final Thoughts About Praying For Our Loved Ones

St. Francis Cabrini wrote this to one of her friends:  “Why, dearest daughter, do you waste time in sadness when time is so precious for the salvation of poor sinners?  Get rid of your melancholy immediately!”   As a priest who does exorcisms said in a recent interview on Women of Grace,  “Say a prayer […]

Desiring Christ’s Light

“It seems to me that recollection is especially lacking in this generation.  To meditate presupposes intellectual strength, a profound insight into spiritual things, of which this generation is, for the most part, incapable.”  Elisabeth Leseur writes this early in the twentieth century, when the telephone and television, let alone the deluge of computers, e-mail, and […]

Deepening the Roots of Love

Praying for our loved ones with patience and perseverance becomes, over the years, a transformative exercise for us who are doing the praying.  This is because we almost inevitably become sensitive to the ways in which we ourselves might hinder the very movements of the Spirit in our loved ones’ lives in our relationships with […]

Prayer and Respectful Relationships

Most of the time, we are in active relationship with those for whom we pray regularly, so we are always faced with the question,  “Am I myself hindering in some way the working of God’s Spirit in this person’s life?  Am I coming across as anxious or unfaithful or judgmental or controlling or, worst of all, unloving and […]

Struggling to Pray Well

In this blog, as I share with you thoughts and encouragement concerning praying for our loved ones, I am drawing upon the great treasures of our Church.  One of those treasures is our present Archbishop of Seattle, Peter Sartain, whose gift of communicating well brings to us glimpses into the very heart of Jesus, and […]

All Saints, All Souls and Intercession

This excerpt from Ivan Turgenev’s novel, Fathers and Sons, was Magnificat’s Meditation for All Souls day, this past Sunday: “There is a small village graveyard in one of the remote corners of Russia.  Like almost all of our graveyards, it presents a wretched appearance;  the ditches surrounding it have long been overgrown;  the grey wooden […]

Jesus anguishes with us

There is a famous and troubling scripture passage in Luke 12 in which Jesus tells His followers that becoming part of all that His coming to earth is destined to accomplish means some real pain in relationships, especially with those whom we love most dearly.  He speaks about it as though it were inevitable, and […]

God’s Hand Holds You

A passage from a 17th century spiritual director, Fenelon, will begin this series of blog posts concerning praying for our loved ones.  This passage speaks to our own hearts and minds as we are tempted to become anxious about the circumstances in which we live, especially in relation to those we love.  My suggestion is […]