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Give up your cell phone for Lent
How to Pray

Why You Should Give Up Your Cellphone for Lent

In those phone-less hours you may find more ways to see God in the everydayness of life.

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Senior woman doing a crossword puzzle
How to Pray

Prayers for an Elderly Mom

When it comes to death, an aging parent requests that it be a “direct flight.”

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What Ash Wednesday Means to Me
Prayer Stories

What Ash Wednesday Means to Me

A personal reflection on the beginning of 40 days of Lent

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How to Pray Quietly with a Friend
How to Pray

How to Pray Quietly with a Friend

To know someone well is to know that you can be silent with them.

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Funeral flowers
Prayer Stories

What a Funeral Can Teach Us

How witnessing a life well lived led to an unexpected reunion.

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Praying away distractions
How to Pray

How to Pray Past Distractions

A zillion interruptions can foil an intent to pray. Here’s how to let go of them.

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More one-word prayers
How to Pray

7 More One-Word Prayers

In prayer, less can be more. Here are a few tips for simplifying your prayers.  

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How to pray like Thomas Merton
How to Pray

How To Pray Like Thomas Merton

A Trappist monk leaves a legacy of finding God’s presence in the beauty of inner silence.

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Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph Abernathy (far right) and unidentified men sing in a Selma, Alabama church.
Stories of Faith

Martin Luther King’s Favorite Hymn

Singing words of comfort for those who suffer

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How to fight winter blues
Stories of Hope

3 Tips for Beating the January Blues

Despite the fact that Christmas is over and the days are cold and short, there are ways to feel gratitude and pleasure.

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