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Christian Meditation engages the mind, does not empty the mind
by sexrespect on 

As mentioned on today's show:

Christian Meditation: 
A Beginner's Guide to 
Catholic Mental Prayer


Christian meditation "engages thought, imagination, emotion, and desire" in prayer. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2708)

It is also known as mental prayer.

Not your everyday "meditation"

Don't let the word "meditation" fool you. Mental prayer is very different from Eastern meditation practices.

ē  Non-Christian meditation practices aim at emptying the mind.

ē  Christian meditation engages the mind in prayer.


Catholic meditation seeks use the faculties of the mind to know the Lord, understand his love for us, and to move into deep union with him. Use of the mind "is necessary in order to deepen our convictions of faith, prompt the conversion of our heart, and strengthen our will to follow Christ." (Catechism, 2708)

Put simply, our goal is to to answer the basic human question: "Lord, what do you want me to do?" (Catechism, 2706)

Christian meditation must immerse us in the Trinity: we surrender ourselves to the Holy Spirit, the master of prayer, so that he can unite us to Christ and perfect our prayer to the Father.

Every Christian needs to practice mental prayer. Every day.

Your faith cannot live without prayer, the "vital and personal relationship with the living and true God." (Catechism, 2744 & 2558)

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Growing Up Program
by Marti on 

I heard you mention the Growing Up Program on your show.  Is this something I could purchase for my 8 year old?  She's beginning to ask questions such as" I don't get it.  How does baby get in the mom's stomach?"    (I downloaded the 6Ms for my 10 year old.)

Is the Love and Life Parents Guide something which would help with the 8 year old at this time?  I don't want to give too much information too early!

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Hidden Kindness...
by Nadia on 

On Monday, April 7, 2014, I was listening to your radio show at work and you mentioned a book, "Hidden Kindness" - not sure of the exact title and didn't catch the author name, Father ?. Can you tell me the correct information? I am interested in the book.

Thank you and God bless.


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Anger Management that works
by Respect on 

On today's show opening the book I brought up was "The Emotions God Gave" by Art and Laraine Bennett, and I read excerpts from the section "Compassion Counteracts Anger" in which she describes the methods of Psychologist Steven Stosny that have been successful with over 6,000 clients in turning around their anger problems. The website with his information is

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Catholic To Do List
by Sharon on 

 Good Morning!  I was trying to find a "To Do List" that you mentioned on your show quite a while ago.  If I remember correctly, it was from an elderly woman and she had it posted on her refrigerator, and it contained items such as:  make someone smile; pay someone a sincere compliment.  Thanks for your help and God Bless!

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Prayer on St. Patrick's Breastplate
by Respect on 


St. Patrick's Breastplate is a popular prayer attributed to one of Irelandís most beloved patron saints. According to tradition, St. Patrick wrote it in 433 A.D. for divine protection before successfully converting the Irish
King Leoghaire and his subjects from paganism to Christianity. (The term breastplate refers to a piece of armor worn in battle.)

More recent scholarship suggests its author was anonymous. In any case, this prayer certainly reflects the spirit with which St. Patrick brought our faith to Ireland! St. Patrick's Breastplate, also known as The Lorica (the cry of the deer), was popular enough to inspire a hymn based on this text as well.

I arise today 
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.

I arise today
Through the strength of Christ's birth with His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion with His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection with His ascension,
Through the strength of His descent for the judgment of doom.

I arise today
Through the strength of the love of cherubim,
In the obedience of angels,
In the service of archangels,
In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In the prayers of patriarchs,
In the predictions of prophets,
In the preaching of apostles,
In the faith of confessors,
In the innocence of holy virgins,
In the deeds of righteous men.

I arise today, through
The strength of heaven,
The light of the sun,
The radiance of the moon,
The splendor of fire,
The speed of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of the sea,
The stability of the earth,
The firmness of rock.

I arise today, through
God's strength to pilot me,
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's shield to protect me,
God's host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptation of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
afar and near.

I summon today
All these powers between me and those evils,
Against every cruel and merciless power
that may oppose my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom,
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man's body and soul;
Christ to shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that there may come to me an abundance of reward.

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

[Note that people sometimes pray a shorter version of this prayer just with these 15 lines about Christ above. The conclusion follows below.]

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.


When St. Paul referred to putting on the ďArmor of GodĒ in his letter to the Ephesians (6:11) to fight sin and evil inclinations, he could have been thinking of prayers just like this one! We may not wear combat gear in our daily lives, but St. Patrick's Breastplate can function as divine armor for protection against spiritual adversity.

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Story of Forgiveness - The Builder
by Respect on 
Read on the air Friday March 14

The Builder Ė A Story of Forgiveness


Once upon a time two brothers who lived on adjoining farms fell into conflict. It was the first serious rift in 40 years of farming side by side, sharing machinery, and trading labor and goods as needed without a hitch.

Then the long collaboration fell apart. It began with a small misunderstanding and it grew into a major difference, and finally it exploded into an exchange of bitter words followed by weeks of silence.

One morning there was a knock on John's door. He opened it to find a man with a carpenter's toolbox. "I'm looking for a few days work" he said.

"Perhaps you would have a few small jobs here and there. Could I help you?"
"Yes," said the older brother. "I do have a job for you. Look across the creek at that farm. That's my neighbor, in fact, it's my younger brother. Last week there was a meadow between us and he took his bulldozer to the river levee and now there is a creek between us. Well, he may have done this to spite me, but I'll go him one better. See that pile of lumber curing by the barn? I want you to build me a fence - an 8-foot fence - so I won't need to see his place anymore. Cool him down, anyhow."

The carpenter said, "I think I understand the situation. Show me the nails and the post-hole digger and I'll be able to do a job that pleases you."

The older brother had to go to town for supplies, so he helped the carpenter get the materials ready and then he was off for the day.

The carpenter worked hard all that day measuring, sawing, nailing.

About sunset when the farmer returned, the carpenter had just finished his job. The farmer's eyes opened wide, his jaw dropped.

There was no fence there at all. It was a bridge... a bridge stretching from one side of the creek to the other! A fine piece of work handrails and all - and the neighbor, his younger brother, was coming across, his hand outstretched.

"You are quite a fellow to build this bridge after all I've said and done."
The two brothers stood at each end of the bridge, and then they met in the middle, taking each other's hand. They turned to see the carpenter hoist his toolbox on his shoulder. "No, wait! Stay a few days. I've a lot of other projects for you," said the older brother.

"I'd love to stay on," the carpenter said, "but, I have many more bridges to build."

Author Unknown

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Story about Angry Son & Dad's Remedy
by Respect on 
Similar to the story read on the air Friday March 14:

The Nails in the Fence: A Story about Anger.

The next time you are tempted to say something hurtful to someone just because youíre angry, you might want to stop and remember this story. 

There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence.

The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.

Finally the day came when the boy didnít lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.

The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, ďYou have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It wonít matter how many times you say Iím sorry, the wound is still there.Ē

The little boy then understood how powerful his words were. He looked up at his father and said ďI hope you can forgive me father for the holes I put in you.Ē

ďOf course I can,Ē said the father.

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13 things to do to stay mentally strong
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mentally strong
by Jody on 
I was wondering if u could post your version of the 13 things to do to stay mentally strong as mentioned on your show yesterday Feb. 26th. This was so good and I didn't get it all jotted down. Thanks and God bless you for all you do to help people!
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