A person looking out over mountains
Pause and Pray

Living with Clenched Fists

Sep 27, 2022 Pause+Pray
The sin of greed arises from the belief that God cannot be trusted to take care of my needs and so I horde and hide the essentials of daily living. Greed’s antidote is trust in God and charity toward others.

Disturbed by Distances

Sep 26, 2022 Pause+Pray
Many of those I love are far away. Our paths have led us to live apart—across borders, even oceans. When I sense this absence, my heart aches.

Return to Life

Sep 25, 2022 Pause+Pray
In the Book of Ezekiel, God commands the prophet to prophesy and command dry bones to come back to life. The same voice that spoke to Ezekiel compels our bones to rise into the light of God.

Count Your Blessings

Sep 24, 2022 Pause+Pray
God sends us blessings throughout the day, though we don’t always recognize or appreciate them. In order to cultivate a gracious heart, let's first pray for openness.

The Sweetness of Doing Nothing

Sep 23, 2022 Pause+Pray
Italians—and other southern Europeans—practice "the sweetness of doing nothing" with much of their lifestyle. They emphasize our God-given gift of rest.

From Darkness to Light

Sep 22, 2022 Pause+Pray
After losing his family, St. Alphonsus Rodriguez could have become bitter and angry with God. Instead he became a Jesuit lay brother and served the community as a doorkeeper.

Lead Me, Guide Me

Sep 21, 2022 Pause+Pray
Knowing the right thing to do isn’t necessarily easy. Yet when we find there are many good options or only bad ones, we can always turn to the Holy Spirit for guidance.

There Is No Planet ‘B’

Sep 20, 2022 Pause+Pray
Some don’t want to hear that the material world is sacred, because they’d rather exploit it. Lord, give each of us the courage to do whatever we can to protect our earth--the only home we have.

Letting Children Lead

Sep 19, 2022 Pause+Pray
Think of the children you regularly encounter in your family, neighborhood, parish, or workplace. They have much to teach us about the ways of God.