Growing up Catholic it was definitely implied we shouldn’t necessarily pray for small things. Prayers were to be siphoned out intentionally for major requests. A sick parent, financial hardship, or other types of significant anguish. Especially the suffering of others. This was the mindset I grew up with. There were rules when it came to…

In church last week the priest spoke of suffering. He cautioned us – Do not become armchair Catholics – suffering is intuitive to this thing we call living. There is no question my faith has gotten me through this difficult divorce and every other hard time before it. I am a proud Catholic and hold fast to…

I remember at the very worst of my divorce stopping for a red light. Now, when I say the worst. I mean the War of the Roses, worst celebrity divorce, beleaguered, I don’t know how I will get out of bed this morning – DIVORCE. As I sat at that light, I thought “What a…

There has always been a significant difference between spiritual and ritualistic Catholics. The gap; however, is widening. In large part, due to the excellent shepherding example of Pope Francis. Pope Francis continues to dispel the notion of the so-called ‘Ritualistic’ Catholic, in favor of the ‘Spiritual’ Catholic. The difference? A ritualistic Catholic may go to…

More from Beliefnet and our partners
More from Beliefnet and our partners