You and I have bodies as well as souls. For that reason, to communicate God's life in the sacraments, we use visible, material substances: water and oil, bread and wine, man and woman. The Church also has sacramentals - physical objects related to the sacraments: holy water, candles, statues, medals, holy cards, scapulars and so on. All sacramentals can help us pray, but I would like recommend two...
Tu y yo tenemos no solamente almas, sino cuerpos. Por eso, para comunicar la vida de Dios en los sacramentos, usamos sustancias materiales: agua y aceita, pan y vino, hombre y mujer. La iglesia tambien tiene sacramentales - objetos fisicos relacionados a los sacramentos: agua bendita, velas, estatuas, medallas, tarjetas, escapularios, etc. Todo sacramental puede ayudarnos a rezar, pero quisiera recomendar dos...
(Presentation given for Generations of Faith, March 26, 2014)
Prayer and Spiritual Combat Week 3: This Lent I am speaking about prayer. The first week I spoke about discernment - how prayer enables one to know God's plan and avoid the devil's designs. Last week we saw how to use one's imagination to enter the Bible mysteries. This week I address distractions - what they mean and how to deal with them.
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