Category: Spirituality

New Feature: Now You Can Ask for Prayers

We are launching a new feature: you can ask us to pray for you.  From the beginning of creation, religious people have prayed for each other.  From the earliest days of Christianity, the words of Saint Paul in his first letter to the Thessalonians invited Christians to pray unceasingly.  “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thess. 5:16-18)

Anxiety: Memorial of Saint Martha, July 29, 2017

To listen to the entire homily, click here.

Readings for Today

I can readily identify with Martha.  Anxious.  Worried.  Will everything turn out ok? What if it doesn’t? Her mind likely runs a mile a minute.  Everything little and not so little thing produces the same anxiety.  How she must envy her sister Mary.  Calm.  Able to relax.  Able to listen to Jesus without the worry and anxiety of making sure every little thing is perfect.

Anxiety arises when we do not have control.  Faith arises when we recognize God is in control.  Today we celebrate Martha’s holiness even as she is anxious.  She comes to believe in Jesus.  She becomes holy by trusting God.  She comes to believe that Jesus is the resurrection and the life.  Pray that in spite of our anxiety, we too may come to believe more in God.

Bishops’ Call To Prayer For Life, Marriage And Religious Liberty

The U.S. bishops invite the faithful to join a movement of prayer and sacrifice for the protection of life, marriage, and religious liberty in our country. Serious threats to each of these have raised unprecedented challenges to the Church and the nation. When confronted with challenges, our Lord calls us to sacrifice and pray. Follow the links below to learn more about how you can answer the Call.

Daily Prayer for Sunday, July 2, 2017

O gracious Lord Jesus Christ, though I, who am a sinner, in no ways presume on any merits of my own, and put all my trust in Thy goodness and mercy, yet do I fear and tremble in drawing near to the Table on which is spread Thy banquet of all delights.

Daily prayer for Saturday, July 1, 2017

Father, I dedicate this new day to you;
as I go about my work.
I ask you to bless those with whom I come in contact.

Lord, I pray for all men and women
who work to earn their living;
give them satisfaction in what they do.

Spirit of God,
comfort the unemployed and their families;
they are your children and my brothers and sisters.
I ask you to help them find work soon.

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