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St. Paul exhorts us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Here are some sites to help us learn how to do that — even when we're online.

A good place to start is with Part 4 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Vatican site. It's the definitive statement on Christian prayer. Go to vatican. va/archive/ccc/index.htm.

Perhaps you prefer the old Q&A format of the Baltimore Catechism? If so, go to echism/3/l28.html.

Brother Craig here at the monastery, who has a licentiate from the Angelicum in Rome in spiritual theology, has an article on contemplative prayer on our community's website. You'll find it at

One of the degrees of contemplation is called the Prayer of Quiet, which you can learn more about in the online 1911 version of the Catholic Encyclopedia at htm.

The Christian's Prayer, sponsored by the Vincentian Community at, is part of a longer series that is well worth reading.

It's always good to see what St. Thomas Aquinas has to say on prayer in his Summa Theologiae. Go to

EWTN has a page of devotional prayers at ewtn. com/devotionals/prayers/prayers.htm.

For more sites — many more — click on my links at

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito says of discerning one’s college choice, ‘There has to be something that tugs at you and makes you want to investigate it further. And then the personal encounter comes in the form of a visit or a chat with a student or alumnus who communicates with the same enthusiasm or energy about the place. And then that love of a place can be a seed which germinates in your own heart through prayer.’

Choose a College With a Discerning Mind and Heart

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito, assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas (UD) and subprior (and former vocations director) of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Dallas, drew from his experience as both a student and now monastic religious to help those discerning understand the parallels between religious and college discernment.