Podcast: Father James Martin’s prayer information (for everybody)

Whether you’re an agnostic curious about all of “prayer” or a seasoned Catholic looking to deepen your relationship with God, James Martin, SJ has a book for you – and everyone else. In his new book “Learning to Pray: A Guide for All”, Father Martin not only answers the question “Why pray?”. and introduces readers to various types of prayers; He goes into what he sees as “one of the most confusing parts of spiritual life”: What happens when you pray? That is, what should you hear or feel when you close your eyes?

We talk to Father Martin about the most common obstacles to prayer, how to recognize what comes from God in prayer, and whether we are thinking properly about “comfort and desolation”. We also bring him the questions that you, dear listeners, asked the Jesuit Facebook group.

Whether you’re an agnostic curious about all of “prayer” or a seasoned Catholic looking to deepen your relationship with God, James Martin, SJ has a book for you – and everyone else.

In Signs of the Times we have two stories from Pope Francis. First, in a meeting with Italian catechists, the Pope made it clear that the Second Vatican Council is part of the Church’s teaching and said: “If you do not follow the Council or interpret it in your own way as you wish, you are not with the church. “Why is his legacy still up for debate more than 50 years after the Second Vatican Council? Next, Pope Francis declared the fourth Sunday in July (the feasts of St. Joachim and Anne) to be the world day of grandparents and the elderly Coronavirus pandemic has shown about the treatment of the elderly in our society – and what lessons the Pope can expect from us.

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Pope Francis: Vatican II must be taught in the context of ecclesiastical teaching, or “You are not in the Church”.
Pope Francis establishes World Grandparents and Elderly Day
God’s voice or mine? 7 tips what to hear in prayer
Learning to Pray: A Guide for All, by James Martin, SJ

What’s on tap?

Sazerac sweatpants (from The New Yorkers “Seasonal Cocktails for Your Seasonal Depression”)

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