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DEAR FATHER | Father knows best: Trusting God when it comes to prayer

I often pray to God, but he never seems to answer my prayers. What am I doing wrong? 

St. Augustine, in his writings on the Sermon on the Mount — one of the places in Scripture Jesus encourages us to ask, seek and knock for the Father's answer to our needs in prayer — comments on why God does not seem to answer our prayers. He lists four reasons.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | God desires our intimacy

Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over."

If Easter is about anything at all, it is about God's radical desire to be intimate with each of us.

To take on mankind's sinful nature and then to suffer crucifixion at the hands of His creatures is indeed a mind-boggling demonstration of God's desire to remove sin as the barrier to the intimacy He longs to share with us.

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | Visualize the life of glory that God calls us to

On the second Sunday of Lent, the Church gives us the scene of Jesus, up on the mountain, being transfigured before Peter, James and John. The Church wants to lift our eyes to the beauty of our calling in Christ. Keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus' Transfiguration lifts our eyes above our present period of purification to allow Jesus to have a new freedom in our hearts. This prepares us for the glory as pre-figured in the Transfiguration.

‘We will be protected by God,’ Trump declares in inaugural address

New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan delivered the invocation before U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s swearing-in as the country’s 45th president at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

WASHINGTON — President Donald J. Trump told the nation in his inaugural address that it need not fear in the days ahead.

"There should not be fear," Trump said Jan. 20. "We are protected and we will always be protected. We will be protected by the great men and women of our military and law enforcement, and, most important, we will be protected by God."

National Parks offer spiritual refuge

A view of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona is seen from the south rim Sept. 12.

WASHINGTON — From the dramatic vistas of the Grand Canyon in Arizona to the glistening waters of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, national parks have stood as places of wonder, history and culture.

John Muir, considered the father of our national parks, petitioned U.S. lawmakers to set aside such places for preservation, play and prayer.

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike," wrote the 19th-century naturalist and philosopher in his book "Yosemite."

POPE'S MESSAGE | Look at your own sins before judging others

Pope Francis ordained 11 priests at a Mass April 17 in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. Nine were ordained for the Diocese of Rome and two for the Rogationist religious order.

VATICAN CITY — Christians must look to their own sins and failings and not fall into the temptation of hypocrisy that causes them to believe they are better than others, Pope Francis said.

"The relationship of salvation" with God cannot move forward if people justify themselves and look at the mistakes of others instead of fixing their gaze on the Lord, he said at his weekly general audience April 20.

"This is the line of salvation, the relationship between me — the sinner, and the Lord," he told tens of thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square.

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