What does "pray without ceasing" mean to you?

By Paul Dion, STL

The title line of this blog post is the source of the burning question for the week.

This sentence comes from Saint Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians, Chapter 5, verse 17: "Pray without ceasing." The Catechism of the Catholic Church has 350 paragraphs on the topic of prayer.

What does "pray without ceasing" mean to you?

Let us know what you think. Give us your comment. We will meditate on your answers and post your answers to this blog.

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"Why did the lepers have to follow simple directions before being cured?"

By Paul Dion, STL

This week - the 28th Sunday in ordinary time - we are going to hear two impressive stories about lepers who get cured. One story comes from the Old Testament, the Second Book of Kings and the other is in the Gospel according to Saint Luke. Click here to view the Sunday Readings.

As it turns out, the one in the Old Testament was Persian and of the the ten in the gospel story, the one who came back to express his gratitude was a Samaritan. One of those nasty people from the West Bank.

The Burning Question is not about gratitude and it is not about reaching out to strangers and those who are "different" than we. The Burning question is more demanding than that, this week. I am going to give you the Bible references here so that you can read both stories in their full context.

Naaman the Leper; 2 Kings, Chapter 5, verses 1 to 19.
The Ten Lepers: Luke, chapter 17, verses 11 to 19.

Notice that in both stories, both the prophet of the Old Testament and Jesus of the Gospel give the persons about to be healed something to do. In both situations, the action is not difficult, but it has great meaning.

Think about it a while and when the light goes on, send us your opinion about the answer to the question:

"Why did the lepers have to follow simple directions before being cured?"

Yes, there is a reason. Yes, it is connected to a question about Catholics that all of you have heard at least once, if not once a month. Go on, give it a try and we'll swap ideas along the way.

You can leave your comment on the burning question or to see what others are saying below.

CLICK HERE to see the answer to this Burning Question.