Prayer of Intercession

“Intercession is a prayer of petition which leads us to pray as Jesus did.”Catechism, para.2634   One of the things about reading Catholic social media is that there are a great many requests for prayer. Now, that is a good thing – it is always good...

Return To The Hours

“Christian prayer is primarily the prayer of the entire community of mankind joined to Christ Himself.”  – Pope St Paul VI   I have written previously about my attempts at praying the Liturgy of the Hours, also known as the Divine Office. Those...

Newman On Prayer

I am presently reading some of the writings of Saint John Henry Newman, our most recent British Saint. He writes on various subjects and the book I am reading just now is his work ‘Meditations And Devotions’ – this offers reflections on various subjects;...

The Final Diary

I seem to have settled on a way to use the spiritual diary which is best suited to my needs. As mentioned previously, I didn’t think the notes section would really be of much use to me; so instead, I’ve settled on keeping the ‘diary’ as a...

Novena to St Joseph

In this holy year dedicated to Saint Joseph, the Marriage and Family Life Office of the Diocese of Motherwell has produced a wonderful and very beautiful little book dedicated to the Saint. The intention of the book is specifically for the praying of a novena in...

Meditation On The Crucifix

A Meditation On The Crucifixion of Jesus by Ignatius Cardinal Kung    “My dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Our Lord Jesus is on the Cross. His whole body is covered with wounds, His hands and feet are nailed to the Cross; His head is crowned with...

The Point of Prayer

Two particular intentions have featured quite heavily in my prayers over the last several days. Both have now reached a conclusion. In the case of the first, a story which has been in the news here in the UK a great deal over the past week, the eventual outcome was...

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...