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THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD

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Beads of prayer
Chris McDonnell CT December 20 2019

Prayer is never easy. Thomas Merton, whose 51st anniversary we marked on December 10th, wrote that “Prayer and love are learned in the hour when prayer has become impossible and hearts have turned to stone”. There is a struggle implicit in those words, a struggle that each one of us experiences as we seek to pray. In an Advent journal entry for December 5th 1964, he writes of his early days in the hermitage. “In the hermitage, one must pray or go to seed. The pretence of prayer will not suffice. Just sitting will not suffice. It has to be real. Yet, what can one do? Solitude puts you with your back to the wall, or your face to it, and this is good. So you pray to learn how to pray!”

Holy Spirit

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THE HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH

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MIDNIGHT MASS

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