Tag Archives: Lent

Day of Prayer|A Student Reflection

College is tough. Between classes, clubs, sports, relationships, and missing family, it gets very stressful. Trying to actively keep the faith and pray, fast, abstain from certain activities, and go to church regularly adds to the struggle. Many times a semester I’ll find myself worn down from all of these things and needing a break. […]

Making Time to Pray

I hope you’ll all forgive me, but today I’m going to share a bit of personal experience in response to a student question. How do we balance academic studies with prayer time? As I thought about this question and how to answer it, I couldn’t help thinking about my own college experience and my life […]

Time for Your Physical

Well… it is cough and cold season again in America and the steady hacking of the afflicted provides a staccato soundtrack to daily life in schools, offices, and public places. I wouldn’t have imagined it possible to become so easily brought low by the so-called “common cold” in this place (Arizona) of palm trees and […]

Why We Fast: Thy Will Be Done

As we discussed last week, one of the principal benefits of fasting is because of the physiological and psychological benefits that a substantial and committed approach to fasting generally has upon one’s actual efforts to pray seriously. I suggested then, however, that there are other benefits of fasting that are available even for those of […]

Why We Fast: Purifying our Prayer

Like many other “second-order” virtues, fasting is spiritually beneficial principally because of what it enables us to do, or learn, or achieve, rather than intrinsically, in its own right. Fasting assists us in prayer by a) clearing the mind, b) by removing certain common physiological and psychological shackles to concentrated and sustained prayer, and c) by putting us […]