The Sacrifice of Prayer

“I want to instruct you on how you are to rescue souls through sacrifice and prayer. You will save more souls through prayer and suffering than will a missionary through his teachings and sermons alone.. great will be your power for whomever you intercede. Outwardly,...

Mysteries of Hope

The holy Rosary is a very adaptable prayer, a prayer suitable for every need and occasion, as the Saints and the Popes tell us over and over. And they are right, as I was reminded this evening. This has been a difficult day for all of us here in Scotland and in the...

The Need To Pray

As Christmas approached, we may have found ourselves filled with thoughts of the Baby Jesus lying in His manger, the Blessed Virgin and Saint Joseph looking on adoringly. Not surprisingly, our emotions might have risen to lofty heights – those heights are...

The Challenge of the Rosary

Our Holy Father Pope Francis tells us that “If prayer isn’t courageous, it isn’t Christian,” and he reminds us that “if prayer does not gather the joys and sorrows, the hopes and the anxieties of humanity, it becomes a...

Pope Francis on the Psalms

Prayer is the connection between God and man, the channel of communication and the bridge which allows and facilitates that communication. It is in prayer, where we come before the Lord in all our littleness, that we truly open ourselves to Him and to the action of...

A Joyful Meditation

Sometimes when we use the same prayer over and over, we can sometimes feel a little ‘stuck’ – it can be difficult to find a new meditation for something with which we are already very familiar. With this in mind, and aimed particularly at those who...

Stepping Into Prayer

The thought of praying – of beginning to pray – can sometimes seem intimidating. What is prayer and how do I pray? What do I need in order to do it? How will I know if I am doing it right? And what if I do it wrong? The reality of prayer is, perhaps not...

A Little Blue Lamp

There is something soothing about those final hours of the day. The world has become hushed, cares have dwindled – at least for a while – and the earth seems still and silent. It is in those last hours of each evening, just before bed, that I offer my...

The Habit of Prayer

As Christians, we are aware that the Scriptures ask us to ‘pray without ceasing’ (cf. 1 Thes.5:17), but this can often seem like an insurmountable task. In fact, sometimes the very thought of praying at all seems alien to us. For many, prayer is simply something that...