Your Will, Lord


When we talk with the Lord, how do we speak? Do we use language of the mid-1500s? If not, then why do we still use archaic language in our traditional prayers?

ACTA Publications just released a revised edition of The Rosary Prayer by Prayer. I was asked to use contemporary language for all the prayers. For example, instead of:

  • Our Father, Who art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

The prayer now reads:

  • Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Honestly, I was hesitant at first. I wasn’t certain it was correct or respectful to change the words. But I now believe this is how we should be teaching our children to pray. These aren’t just words that are memorized. We are saying some very important things here. We are glorifying our Father and declaring our trust in Him.

We want to teach our children to talk to God all day long in words they are comfortable using, to speak from the heart. We don’t need to worry about how we say things. The Lord knows our hearts, our hopes, and fears. We only need to build on our relationship and put everything in God’s hands.

The revised version of The Rosary Prayer by Prayer has the same layout as the original with illustrations and reflections for every mystery and a picture of the rosary with the current bead circled. All the same prayers and resources are also included in the back.

The book is available from ACTA Publications, my website, and of course,

©2015, Mary K. Doyle

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Faith Shines Through

One of Saint Theodora’s most common mantras was to lean on Providence. Here is a letter from Maria Shriver on Reflecting on The Power of Faith.

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Your Life’s Purpose

We are created in the image and likeness of God, with unique gifts that we are called to share. “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord;  and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone” (1 Corinthians 12:4-6).

Studies repeatedly show that people who have a reason to get up in the morning live healthier, happier lives. Passions that drive us to make this world more loving and beautiful give us great joy.

But determining those gifts are often difficult to realize. St. Theodora encouraged her sisters to pray for direction. She said, “Let us beg our Lord to choose for us that which will unite us more closely to Him; and beseech Him for the light, the grace, and the strength we need to do in all things His adorable Will” (Letter to the sisters, March 8, 1846).

This is what St. Theodora did when she was a child. At the age of 10 years old, she dedicated herself to God. On the day of her First Holy Communion, she promised to do whatever God asked of her. Daily, St. Theodora prayed for God to direct her, to lead her where God wanted her to go. She prayed, listened, and trusted God to show her the way as well provide all that was needed to accomplish God’s plan.

At only fifteen years of age, St. Theodora prayed for God to show here how to care for her bedridden mother and her little sister. As a young woman, she prayed how she could serve the Lord best. Once she determined that God wanted her to become a religious woman, she prayed in which order to serve.

One of the major decisions of her life was if God wanted her to lead a group of women to the American wilderness to build schools for children and young women. Once here, her life’s purpose was to be determined in an even greater way. No matter how dismal a situation appeared, she trusted in Providence. She trusted everything to the Lord.

St. Theodora allowed God to work through her from her childhood to her deathbed fully knowing, when doing God’s work, God leads and provides us with everything we need.

If you want to know God’s purpose for your life, ask the Lord. Then be quiet. Listen. We can’t hear when we are doing all the talking and planning.

©2015, Mary K. Doyle

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God in Full View

There’s no need to look for God because God is right here – everywhere and in all things. But are we treating the world around us with that in mind? See my review of the book, The Divine Dynamic by Father John Surette.

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The Book of Isaiah

How much do you know about the Book of Isaiah? See my review of Isaiah and The Kingdom of Peace for a fun way to understand the prophet Isaiah and his teachings.

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Friend and Mentor

DSCN0372 - CopyAfter years of writing profiles on successful people for newspapers including the Chicago Tribune, I learned early on of the importance of mentors. Mentors truly are heroes who share the best of their experiences, education, and wisdom with someone else who will take it all in and soar.

On June 26th I lost one of my mentors and spiritual advisers, Sister Alexa Suelzer, SP. She was 97 years old. Sister Alexa was a powerful role model–a woman of courage, intellect, and practicality. No doubt she was much like the matriarch of her religious order, Saint Theodora/Mother Theodore Guerin.

Sister Alexa was my first instructor at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College for my Master’s degree in Pastoral Theology. Sister was a tall, regal, highly intellectual woman who originally appeared formidable. I soon found her otherwise. Throughout that course in Old Testament studies, I dealt with my father’s diagnosis of cancer and death. Sister reached out to me, and never stopped sending emails and notes of kindness, encouragement, and witty humor. Her last note, which I received a couple of weeks ago, I had yet to answer. I hope she knew how much she meant to me.

Sister Alexa entered the religious community of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana on February 14, 1938 following her two older sisters, Sister Mary Josephine and Sister David. She became a Professed Sister on August 15, 1946. Her education included a Bachelor’s degree in English from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a Master’s degree in English from Marquette University. She also studied at the Regina Mundi Institute in Rome.

Sister Alexa received her Doctorate degree in Sacred Doctrine from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Her dissertation was published by Herder and Herder as “The Pentateuch: A Study in Salvation History.” Her most cited work was her essay, “Modern Old Testament Criticism” in the The New Jerome Biblical Commentary.

Sister taught well into her eighties and contributed to the Sisters of Providence publications regularly into her nineties.

©2015, Mary K. Doyle


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Women of Courage

Three of the most noted women saints–Genevieve, Catherine of Siena, and Teresa of Avila–are remembered for their courage and strength in difficult times. Author Joan Williams tells their stories in her book Three Saints. Women Who Changed History. See the review of this book on Doyle’s Delights.

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