Seven ways to do morning prayer

When you wake up, offer your day to God in one of the following ways: ► Morning Offering. Say the traditional Morning Offering prayer (see A Handful of Catholic Prayers). ► Invocations. Not a morning person? Keep it short by … Read More

Ways to practice gratitude and thanksgiving

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Gratitude for God’s goodness is the foundation of Christian prayer. In fact, the word Eucharist is Greek for “thanksgiving.” Here are some ideas for praying with gratitude: ► Gratitude journal. Practice gratitude by keeping a list or journal of all … Read More

Memorize the Creed—and name what you believe

You know the Nicene Creed, right? That’s the prayer that Catholics recite at Mass every Sunday. Its official name is the Nicene-Constantinople Creed, for the two major church councils that put it together. You know: “I believe in one God, … Read More

How to Say the Rosary

You don’t need an actual string of rosary beads to pray the rosary, but it is traditional; the beads add a tactile dimension to the prayer that reflects the sacramental, incarnational sensibility of Catholic faith. The prayers listed in bold … Read More

Prayer Journals: A Space for Teens to Reflect on Their Spiritual Health

Encourage your teen to keep a prayer journal as a way to develop and enrich her prayer life. Sometimes, the process of writing thoughts down leads to new insights and clarity (see Write Your Prayer). Teens can use their prayer … Read More

Introducing Kids to Contemplative Prayer

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Contemplation may not seem suited to wiggly, squirmy, eye-rolling, “Are-we-done-yet?” kids. But this intimate basking in Christ’s love is something kids deserve to know about. This article is adapted from the book 77 Ways to Pray with Your Kids. Contemplative … Read More

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