Category Archives: Prayer
Pope Francis has made an historic announcement.
On Sunday, June 2—the Feast of Corpus Christi—at 5:00 PM Rome time, the Pope will lead an hour of simultaneous Eucharistic Adoration. Millions of Catholics throughout the world—from the Vatican, to the Pacific Islands, and throughout the Americas—will join him for this solemn hour, regardless of the time. It’ll be two in the morning some places. Here in Washington, DC, it’ll be 11:00 AM.
Archbishop Rino Fisichella, who leads the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, says:
||“I am proud to say that this is a historical moment for the history of the Church because for one hour all the churches in the world will be united. … We are united because the Eucharist makes us all one body and one spirit, so we enter into the deepest meaning of the Eucharist.”
This particular Holy Hour will be dedicated to two intentions: the Church throughout the world and people throughout the world who are suffering.
We hope you’ll set time aside this Sunday to join in prayer with Pope Francis and your brothers and sisters of faith.
Today is Ascension Thursday. On this day, the risen Christ, in the sight of His apostles, ascended bodily into Heaven. (Luke 24:51; Mark 16:19; Acts 1:9-11).
Most dioceses in the United States will celebrate this feast day on Sunday, which this year happens to also be Mother’s Day. This is incredibly appropriate; as every loving mother yearns to witness her child reach his or her true potential. Though I imagine Jesus’ ascension was bittersweet for Mary, we’re sure she found joy in knowing her Son was fulfilling the mission He was called to do.
So today and Sunday, when we reflect upon Jesus’ Ascension into Heaven and honor or mothers, we offer you this prayer:
Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God,
that we who believe
Thine only-begotten Son our Redeemer,
to have ascended this day into heaven,
may ourselves dwell in spirit amid heavenly things.
There has been extensive commentary, outside the mainstream media, about New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision not to feature clergy or official prayer at the memorial service commemorating the 10th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. The event will also dedicate the 9/11 Memorial in lower Manhattan. This writer fully concurs with those who find this decision an affront to the survivors of the thousands of victims who were and are religious. (more…)
Below is a copy of the prayer Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix, Arizona offered at today’s convening of Arizona’s 50th Legislative Session. In the prayer Bishop Olmsted prays for Judge Roll and all who died in this weekend’s senseless attack as well as for Congresswoman Giffords and all who were injured as well as their loved ones and all who care for them. (more…)
One of the great stories of U.S. History is the account of George Washington in prayer at Valley Forge. It was during a cold, long winter that our first President sought out God’s wisdom for the challenges he, his men, and our young country faced. (more…)