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Talking to God

Pope Francis' universal prayer intention for May is "Respect for Women." One innovative way to pray with the Pope this month is to invite women into prayer. Author Julie Dortch Cragon can help, with her unique and refreshing new book from Franciscan Media, Talking to God: Prayers for Catholic Women

Please join me at Praying with Grace for an excerpt!
Pope Francis carries a prayer intention close to his heart: African Christians. In the month of April, he asks all Christians around the world to unite in prayer for followers of Christ on the world's second-largest continent. Here are the words to his April evangelization prayer: That Christians in Africa may give witness to love and faith in Jesus Christ amid political-religious conflicts Earlier this year, the Christian charity Open Doors produced a report called Freedom of Religion and the Persecution of Christians. Though the report confirms North Korea as the most difficult place in the world to be a Christian (for 14 years running), many African countries are downright lethal. The report's six most dangerous countries for Christians are in Africa: Nigeria, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, and Cameroon. Nigeria, at the top of the list, has more than 80 million Christians--the highest Christian population in Africa, according to the Pew…

Pray with Me, during Holy Week and Easter

Brilliantly simple! A letter from Seattle contains practical wisdom for praying through Holy Week and the Easter Season.

Click over to Praying with Grace to read the letter.

How to Explain Mercy (and Good Friday) to Children

Working with children (and raising a batch with my husband), I've picked up a few critical pieces of information about how children learn. For example, children require simple explanations in terms they can understand instinctively. Children also have little patience for information or activities that seem irrelevant to their concerns; they learn new concepts best when they can relate to the topic personally.

Pope Francis knows this well, which is why he hopes families, in this Year of Mercy, will provide children with an experience of mercy.

In his book-length interview, The Name of God Is Mercy, Pope Francis helps us all understand mercy by defining it in theological terms and then also giving us concrete, practical examples of what mercy feels like in daily life. Parents, grandparents, and teachers who want to share the Year of Mercy with children in their lives will find a wealth of wisdom in Pope Francis.

Join me at Praying with Gracefor the rest of the story. . . .

Click To Pray: the Prayer App for REAL LIFE!

Feel like praying? We have an app for that!

At long last, the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network has a totally unique app that connects people around the world to the Pope's prayer intentions--and to one another.

Read all about it at Praying with Grace!

Lenten Exercise for Children

How's Lent going?

We're coming up to the Fourth Sunday of Lent: Laetare ("Be joyful!") Sunday. Just a bit past the halfway mark in Lent, this rose-colored celebration encourages us to stay faithful to our fasting, almsgiving, and prayer.

Here at the Apostleship of Prayer, of course, our favorite part of that Lenten trifecta is prayer. Our mission is to encourage children to cultivate vibrant, personal prayer lives of their own. The spiritual giant Romano Guardini warned against "empty reciting" in prayer, so the Apostleship of Prayer encourages ways of praying that will grow with young people as they mature.


One of my favorite resources for children in 3rd through 7th grade is our "3 for 3 Prayer Experiment." It challenges students to observe three deliberate times of prayer each day for three days, and then reflect on the results. Perfect for a middle-of-Lent prayer boost!

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Lord, Have Mercy on My Lent

Have you READ this little gem yet?

My Lent will never be the same. Join me at Praying with Grace to hear why this book can transform Lent. Also, free printable!

Prayerful Thoughts from St. Ignatius of Loyola

I wanted to pray "for families" today. Then I looked in my little book of Ignatian thoughts and realized that's too vague. His words challenge me to become a better wife and mother myself--THAT is an important step in praying for families!

Open this booklet with me at Praying with Grace!

What I Found in Some Boxes

You need a few minutes to pray. That's what St. Ignatius thinks, anyway.

I've got just what you need. Join me at Praying with Grace!

The Only Internet Video You Need to See (hint: it's not Grumpy Cat)

noun epiph·a·ny \i-ˈpi-fə-nē\
a Christian festival held on January 6 in honor of the coming of the three kings to the infant Jesus Christa moment in which you suddenly see or understand something in a new or very clear wayin 2016, the date POPE FRANCIS unveils his first monthly intention VIDEO!Starting with Leo XIII in 1890, every Pope has entrusted his own personal prayer intentions to the Apostleship of Prayer. Our job is to make sure everyone who wants to pray with the Pope knows exactly what is on his heart.

Pope Francis has just made our job easier by going on camera with the Apostleship of Prayer!!

Join me at Praying with Grace for the Vatican press release and all the juicy details!

Pope Francis's Prayer Intentions for December 2015

Young Jew as Christ, Rembrandt, c.1648
Staatliche Museen, Berlin [Web Gallery of Art]
Jesus Christ is the face of the Father's mercy. (Pope Francis)

That all may experience the mercy of God, who never tires of forgiving.

The Holy Family with Angels, Rembrandt, 1645
The Hermitage, St Petersburg [Web Gallery of Art]

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

Evangelization: FAMILIES
That families, especially those who suffer, may find in the birth of Jesus a sign of certain hope.
Intentions and videos from the website of the Apostleship of Prayer.

Get Yout Advent On!

Today's post features Advent ideas from lots of great places: Catholic Mom, USCCB, Our Sunday Visitor, Holy Heroes, Loyola Press, and much more. If you've ever wanted an easily-accessible collection of great family resources, this is it!

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Oops, Your Vocation Is Showing!

November 1-7, 2015 is National Vocation Awareness Week. I'm not sure local bakeries are stocking up on vocation-themed pastries, but that won't stop us from praying!

The USCCB has a page dedicated to National Vocation Awareness Week, complete with a news release, homily helps, and prayers from several dozen dioceses to get us going.

This is how the USCCB describes the vocation-awareness phenomenon:

“National Vocation Awareness Week (NVAW) is an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations.”

But is the USCCB leaving something OUT? Join me at Praying with Grace!

100 Posts!

We're celebrating 100Praying with Grace posts!
I began this blog for the Apostleship of Prayer in October 2013. Through it, I have encountered many gracious, thoughtful, and prayerful people. I take a month off from the blog each summer, but otherwise here we have been together, every Tuesday morning, for two years. I am grateful.
Thank you for praying with me.

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Join the Pope's Official Prayer Group!

The Pope has a prayer group, and it's called the Apostleship of Prayer.

The international Apostleship of Prayer website has a map of the prayer group's offices around the world:

These offices serve the Church by uniting people in prayer for the Pope's personal intentions. I love clicking on the links to Apostleship of Prayer sites from various countries. Just a few minutes on these sites helps me work on my foreign language skills and provides a glimpse into the vibrant prayer lives of our brothers and sisters around the globe.

When Pope Francis visited the US last month, he asked at every stop for people to pray for him. The worldwide Apostleship of Prayer gives us a concrete way to do exactly that.

Find out how to become a member of the prayer group St. Therese of Lisieux joined at Praying with Grace!

Here's Why Prayer Matters

Prayer works.

But how? When? To what extent? 

These are the questions parents and teachers ask me at every talk I give for the Apostleship of Prayer.

And so I tell a story.

Join me at Praying with Grace, please!

6 Family-Friendly Tips for Memorizing Prayers

One of my godchildren lives in Illinois. The school her family attends vehemently opposes memorization. At a back-to-school meeting, the school principal told parents, "We are a proud part of the digital age. Our students never memorize anything they can look up on a device. In a world powered by search engines, memorization is a complete waste of time."
How do YOU feel about memorizing prayers? I'm kind of a huge fan. Read why at Praying with Grace.

The Only Crabby Lady in Philadelphia

I found her! The only crabby lady in Philadelphia! And Jesus loves her like crazy.

Read all about it at Praying with Grace.

WMOF Trivia for Your Dinner Table

A variety of wholesome vegetables are steaming in their matching crockery. Tall glasses of cool, filtered water reflect the light streaming in from the bay window. The smiling children are not only washed, but dressed in clean, properly sized clothing. The angels are singing. Just another typical mealtime at your house. Because you are a stock photo.
No one started the dishwasher, so the tableware is an adventurous collection of paper plates
and "probably clean" dishes.
The three-year old is screaming because her Dino-Nugget head is burnt. Ketchup is the vegetable. Again. Oh, and does anyone know where the baby is?
Whichever scenario looks more like your family, have I got a dinner game for you!
World Meeting of Families: The Trivia Game
Let the trivia begin at Praying with Grace!