Learning to Pray As We Ought 12

I think we can all relate

I think we can all relate

Father! The first word Jesus teaches us to say when we talk to God.

As St Teresa of Avila observes, prayer is “nothing else than a close sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with him who we know loves us.” Fundamentally, prayer consists in cultivating our personal relationship with God. From there, everything else follows.

To illustrate his point, in today’s Gospel Jesus uses a parable of a man pestering his neighbor for bread. Imagine if Jesus’ parable were told differently. More…

Biltrix Discovers “puzzling” New Planet and Is Nominated for Most Influential Blogger Award 29

We’re calling it Planet Biltrix and we will be offering Space Shuttle tours starting Wednesday, once gravity is installed. More details later.

But first…

Thank you Teresa at Catholibertarian

Thank you Teresa at Catholibertarian

Thank you Teresa at Catholiberarian for nominating Biltrix for the Most Influential Blogger Award!

And now for… More…

Life As a Pilgrimage: What Can We Learn from St James? 5

Biltrix:

Reblogging my own stuff today, because, Hey, He’s my Patron…

Originally posted on Biltrix:

July 25, Feast of St James the Apostle

El Greco – Apostle St James the Greater

To follow the path God set before you all your life. Imagine only doing that. What would that be like?

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Activism and the Battle of Prayer 1

Gospel then: In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells Martha that she’s anxious and worried about many things and seems to imply that she’s stressed out because in the midst of her activity she’s forgotten the one important thing.

Gospel now: Everyone is too busy nowadays. When it comes to prayer, we constantly hear the typical objections – No time. Even when we make the time, the prayer itself can be “too busy,” mechanical, and routine. Our prayer reflects our busy lifestyle and vice versa, because we typically live as we pray and pray as we live. To live a better life, we must learn to pray. More…

Anxious and Worried about Many Things 16

“I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.” — John 15:5

  • Christ reminded us at the Last Supper, when he told his Apostles that he was the vine and they were the branches, that we should always stay united to him.
  • His encounter with Mary and Martha in this Sunday’s Gospel teaches us the same lesson, a lesson that Martha really needed to learn.

Martha needed to learn that what we do for Christ has to flow out of what we are for him: true and devoted friends. More…

Mary or Martha 12

Following up on yesterday’s post in preparation for this Sunday’s Gospel. You can find the source here at ePriest.

Every day we are faced with the choice to be more like Martha or more like Mary.

This is one of the most amazing things about Christianity. More…

The One Thing Needed 5

The Gospel for this upcoming Sunday (Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time) is short and simple, yet packs an important lesson for all of us — Marys and Marthas — in today’s over-active, result-oriented culture. This week I want to share some reflections on this passage (Luke 10:38:42), taken  from a project I am working on. I hope it will help you foster a deeper friendship with Christ — truly, the one thing neededMore…