When prayers are a waste of time

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke 18:10-14 Once again, as an old friend or perhaps an enemy, we encounter the parable of the Pharisee and the publican.  This reading comes to us each and every year as a harbinger, a warning that Lent is around the corner. The Church is a […]

Does praying always bring us closer to God?

The Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke 18:10-14 Christianity is not a philosophy or merely an intellectual practice. Knowing the right stuff isn’t enough to make you a Christian. Even knowing that Jesus is the Son of God and savior of the world isn’t enough to save you (despite what some might […]