Then I shall have nothing to fear When we have a sense that Jesus has drawn near to us in our prayer it is natural to believe that he is approving us. If indeed he has drawn near, we can be sure only of his concern for us. Approval or disapproval have nothing to do…

The temple of the Lord is a heart that is pure One thing I ask of the Lord; this I seek: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, that I may gaze on the loveliness of the Lord and contemplate his temple” (Ps 27). The temple of the…

A day which has begun with prayer People who pray a great deal are sometime accused of running away from the world. Most of us have had the experience that when we begin our day with quiet reflection in the presence of the Lord, our work is much more productive for ourselves and others. Other…

When our prayer turns spontaneously to gratitude When our prayer turns spontaneously to gratitude, that is a good sign. A grateful person is aware of having received a valuable gift. First, we show that we understand that what we have been given is indeed a gift. We acknowledge that our deliverance or other favor came…

Being persons of love and peace Perhaps it is enough on some days to merely “be” peaceful souls in a very unpeaceful world. “Shakers and movers” may seem to change the face of the world. Yet when they are done the world is pretty much the same. Jesus was remarkable in that all he shook…

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