The vast majority of Americans have prayed for the healing of others and more than 1 in 4 have practiced the laying on of hands, a Baylor University expert reports.
Appreciation: The soul of Fr. Ed Hays took form in his drawings, paintings and writings.
Young Voices: In uncertain times, the labyrinth prayer practice allows me to connect with God, process my desires and honor the inevitable meandering in prayer.
Young Voices: Recognizing that he had unhealthy obsession with politics, the author's friend gave up politics for Lent -- during the 2008 presidential primary election season.
Pope Francis told Catholic priests and religious to resist the temptation of resignation, during a public Mass Feb. 16 in Morelia, a central Mexican city notorious for drug-related violence.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has not always lived life in a wheelchair. He was on his morning jog 31 years ago when a falling tree broke his spinal cord, leaving him partially paralyzed.
Abbott, a Catholic, noted at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, held Thursday in Washington, there are times when "our prayers are answered differently than the way we expect."
He said he can recall, "I spent months praying and hoping for the best possible outcome" after the accident. God, instead, "responded by giving me challenges that made me even stronger."
Pope's quotes: Some of our favorite quotes from Pope Francis.
When Americans aren't busy praying for themselves or their own needs -- and most of them are -- many are seeking divine intervention on behalf of a favorite sports team or the golden ticket in the lottery, according to a new survey.
About 13 percent of Americans who pray say they pray for sports teams, compared with about one in five (21 percent) who say they have prayed to win the lottery, the new survey from LifeWay Research suggests.
A Winston-Salem, N.C., diner will no longer dish out discounts along with dinner to praying customers.
Mary's Gourmet Diner had been offering a 15 percent discount for customers seen offering grace before meals during the past four years.
The practice went under the radar until a Christian music radio station in Orlando, Fla., uploaded a photo of a receipt with the discount to Facebook on July 30. Then it went viral.
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Monday that public meetings can be opened with Christian prayers. As long as one does not denigrate another's faith or proselytize, such prayer is in keeping with long-standing tradition, the court ruled. I made my feelings clear in an earlier post, so I will not repeat what I said then.