Reflections on life, spirituality, religion and more by various Carmelite and Catholic authors.

Prayer at Appointed Hours

Christ Crucified - Crypt of The Cathedral of Christ the LightLet us always desire the happy life from the Lord God and always pray for it. But for this very reason we turn our mind to the task of prayer at appointed hours, since that desire grows lukewarm, so to speak, from our involvement in other concerns and occupations. We remind ourselves through the words of prayer to focus our attention on the object of our desire; otherwise, the desire that began to grow lukewarm may grow chill altogether and may be totally extinguished unless it is repeatedly stirred into flame.

The Cross of Christ Gives Life to the Human Race

Christ is our bridge from death to lifeThe cross of Christ spanned the jaws of death like a bridge by which souls might pass from the region of the dead to the land of the living. Let us offer our Lord the great and all-embracing sacrifice of our love, pouring out our treasury of hymns and prayers before him who offered his cross in sacrifice to God for the enrichment of us all.
[Excerpt from a sermon by St. Ephrem, deacon]