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)
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.
You may not have noticed, but today’s celebration of Saint Mary Magdalene was different than it was in the past. It is now celebrated as a feast. Perhaps today, then, is a good day to read the decree making her celebration a feast.
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.
On the Dominican Calendar, today is the day we celebrate Blessed Ceslaus, OP.
O God, we praise Thee, and acknowledge Thee to be the supreme Lord. Everlasting Father, all the earth worships Thee. All the Angels, the heavens and all angelic powers, All the Cherubim and Seraphim, continuously cry to Thee: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts! Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of Thy […]
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.
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.
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.
O My God,
I place my trust and confidence in You,
who will reward the good and punish the wicked.
I believe in You and accept everything
You have taught and revealed.