Prayer

At prayer breakfast, Abp. Naumann warns of ‘God crisis’ in nation

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kan., spoke at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast May 24 in Washington. Archbishop Naumann warned that the nation’s most serious crisis is “a God-crisis — a crisis of faith.”

WASHINGTON — This year's National Catholic Prayer breakfast took on a decidedly Kansas flavor, as Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City and Sam Brownback, a former House and Senate member and governor of Kansas, addressed nearly 1,000 at a Washington hotel May 24.

Also speaking was outgoing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, who was a staffer for Brownback in the latter's early days in Congress.

Contemplative Leaders in Action gives young adults chance to develop leadership through an Ignatian lens

Third-grade students ended the day with the Examen prayer at Incarnate Word School in Chesterfield on May 21. Teacher Mary Staten began using the technique, a prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and discern His direction, twice a week in her class as part of her participation in the Contemplative Leaders in Action program.

At the end of the day, when students are ready to clean off their desks and pack their bags, third graders at Incarnate Word School in Chesterfield take a few minutes to reflect on their day.

During Lent, teacher Mary Staten introduced to her students the Examen, a prayer method developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola to review a person's day in the presence of God. The five-step method includes asking for God's grace to see His presence, giving Him thanks, reviewing the day's events, seeking forgiveness for wrongdoing and making a resolution for the next day.

Pray.com offers social network for prayer, community-building

VATICAN CITY — Convinced that faith communities would want to share prayer requests, announcements and service opportunities without going to multiple platforms and without being awash in advertising, a group of friends created an app just for that.

With $2 million in seed money, Pray.com was beta tested with 100 churches in 2016. Today, 6,000 faith communities and thousands of other groups use the app to host their members' need for prayer and offers of support, as well as to recruit volunteers for local service projects and to collect donations, said two of the co-founders.

In ‘historic’ move, pope names three laywomen to doctrinal congregation

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis appointed three women as consultors to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. It marks the first time women and laypersons were named as active contributors — not support staff.

The Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, called the decision to appoint the women "historic." The Vatican announced the appointments April 21.

The new female consultors are:

DEAR FATHER | Focused techniques enhance Rosary prayer experience

Once we get past the basic logistics of praying the Rosary and learn the order of the mysteries, we might ask: "OK, so now I am doing this. What am I supposed to be getting out of it?" To help, there are many aids to help us to pray the Rosary.

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

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 doesn't seem to answer our prayers. He lists four reasons.

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