Prayer & Faith

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5 Powerful Scriptural Songs of Praise During Trials

July 21, 2021

Job, Tobit, the Hebrews in the furnace… Throughout Scripture we find examples of of people who also experienced times of great distress, loss, or persecution, but who rose immediately to remind themselves (and, across the centuries, us) that God is still in His heaven.

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Litany of the Undiagnosed: A Prayer of Surrender in Uncertainty

March 19, 2021

Facing a chronic illness with no diagnosis can be a challenging spiritual trial. Use this prayer to ask for Jesus’ accompaniment, as you abandon yourself to his (twisty, winding, difficult) plans for you.

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Why Jesus Coming in Weakness Matters to Special Needs Families

December 14, 2020

The Israelites expected the a triumphant king who would cast off their oppression and who could not be defeated. But what they got was a helpless infant, hidden in obscurity, requiring total care.

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My Rosary Story: Muscle Memory

October 21, 2020

During our family rosary, we unite ourselves by offering ourselves, pouring what is in our hearts out into the little community of our family. We gather our minds and bodies back from our fragmented daily existence to the heart of family unity, if only for a few brief minutes.

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4 tips for fighting back against acedia

August 22, 2020

Acedia is a near-constant spiritual battle that is uniquely pertinent to the days we are living through … even if you donโ€™t happen to be a third-century hermit.

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Spiritual Communion for Social Distancing

March 14, 2020

In preparation for our first Sunday watching Mass via livestream from the couch, I created some printable Spiritual Communion prayers. Feel free to download and share!

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What your grandma meant by “offer it up,” and how to make your life a gift to the world

May 7, 2019

You’ve probably heard the phrase “offer it up” as a super-Catholic, sometimes flippant response to life’s problems. If you’ve ever wondered what it actually means, this is the post for you.

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St. Oscar Romero

What’s in a name? How our kids got their Catholic saint names and why it matters

March 7, 2019

Where did the Wilkens kids get those weirdo names, and why? All your questions answered here…

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It is finished

July 3, 2018

I’m sitting in Panera and 14 seconds after I typed the last word of this book about my pilgrimage to Lourdes, I hear singing in Latin. It sounds like the rosary being sung in Lourdes. I mean, it sounds EXACTLY like the rosary being sung in Lourdes.

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#7QT: That time I went to Lourdes and got marching orders. (Twice.)

June 1, 2018

Sometimes discernment is hard. But sometimes, God just throws up his hands and does it for you. (Twice, if necessary.)

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Christy Wilkens

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Iโ€™m a Catholic wife, mother of six, and writer who wrestles with the problem of pain. What does faith look like in times of adversity and struggle? Iโ€™m so glad to have you here, joining the conversation. Learn more about meย ๐Ÿ –

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