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"SaintlySages" Blog and Twitter offers the words of saints and sages for meditation and reflection. "SaintlyLives" is a blog concerning the lives of saints. "ScripturalPostscript" offers reflections on selected passages of Sacred Scripture. "SacredHymns" is a collection of sacred hymns for prayer and meditation.

Praying on Particular Occasions

Father Girardey continues his discussion of when one ought to pray. Here he mentions particular occasions which call for prayer. He writes: “There are circumstances in which we would be bound at once to pray, and even to pray many … Continue reading

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Praying Daily

The Redemptorist Father Ferreol Girardey addresses the question of when one ought to pray. There is daily prayer, prayer on particular occasions, morning and night prayer, and constant prayer. In this post, we shall review his thoughts on daily prayer. … Continue reading

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The Necessity of Kind Listening

Father Faber observes: “Many persons whose manners will stand the test of speaking, break down under the trial of listening. But all these things ought to be brought under the sweet influences of religion. Kind listening is often an act … Continue reading

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The Difficulties of Kind Listening

Father Faber speaks of the grace of kind listening: “Some men listen with an abstracted air, which shows that their thoughts are elsewhere. Or they seem to listen, but by wide answers and irrelevant questions show that they have been … Continue reading

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How Kind Words Are Rewarding to Oneself

Kind words benefit not only the receiver but also the giver, as Father Faber explains: “Kind words make us happy in ourselves. They soothe our own irritation, they charm our cares away, they draw us nearer to God, they raise … Continue reading

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How Kind Words Are Rewarding to Others

Father Faber states: “Unkindness is very much a mental habit, almost as much mental as moral; observation has confirmed me in this idea, because I have met so many men with unkind heads, and have been fortunate enough never to … Continue reading

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How Kind Words Are Productive

Father Faber explains: “Kind words produce happiness. How often have we ourselves been made happy by kind words, in a manner and to an extent which we are quite unable to explain?” Furthermore, “Happiness is a great power of holiness. … Continue reading

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