Why is a Catholic fasting during Ramadan?

Rudy Lopez explains:  As someone once told me; “Fasting without prayer is just going hungry.” How true! Many Muslims pray fives times a day, and especially during Ramadan. Prayer feeds the soul and helps sustain the meaning behind the fast. Several years ago, I was walking through the Minneapolis airport and saw a young airport [Read More...]

From the encyclical: Pope Francis’ prayers for our earth

View image | gettyimages.com The following appears at the end of the pope’s new encyclical:   At the conclusion of this lengthy reflection which has been both joyful and troubling, I propose that we offer two prayers. The first we can share with all who believe in a God who is the all-powerful Creator, while in [Read More...]

The Jubilee Year of Mercy now has a website—and a logo

The website, unveiled today, is here.  The logo:   A description of the image and its meaning: The logo and the motto together provide a fitting summary of what the Jubilee Year is all about. The motto Merciful Like the Father (taken from the Gospel of Luke, 6:36) serves as an invitation to follow the merciful example of the Father who [Read More...]

Prayers for Baltimore

View image | gettyimages.com From the Archdiocese of Baltimore website:  Archbishop William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore, [Monday] issued the following statement in response to this weekend’s protests and the tragic death of Freddie Gray: Today, many in our City are trying to come to grips with the aftermath of an emotional and sometimes-violent weekend that [Read More...]

“Why I, a Protestant, pray the ‘Hail Mary’ and use a rosary”

Compelling testimony from another Patheos blogger, Christian Piatt: I practice the “Hail Mary.” Not only that, but I use a rosary to go through my prayers. I’ve shared this with some folks, and inevitably someone is surprised by this. I’ll get something like, “I didn’t know you’re Catholic,” or “Why pray to Mary? After all, [Read More...]

A prayer to Mary for vocations

Hail Mary, full of grace; all generations call you blessed. Hail Mother of God; when asked by the angel to bear the Son of the Most High, filled with faith, you responded: “Let it be done unto me.” Holy Mother of Jesus, at the wedding feast at Cana, you prompted your Son to perform his [Read More...]

A Blessing for Travelers

View image | gettyimages.com From my friend, Deacon Bill McNamara: All-Powerful and Merciful God, You led the children of Israel on dry land, parting the waters of the sea; You guided the Magi to your son by a star. Help our brother Greg and give him a safe journey. Under Your protection let him reach [Read More...]

For Good Friday…

Some resources: The Way of the Cross with Pope Francis for this year The Way of the Cross with Pope Francis from 2014 Forgiveness and Mercy: A reflection on The Seven Last Words Homily for April 3, 2015: Good Friday [Read more...]

“My earthly journey is now at at an end…”

“My earthly journey is now at an end. When I was born, my Mother laid me in a manger. I lived almost my whole life in Nazareth. I immersed myself in the history of the Chosen People. On my journey as the One sent by the Father, I preached the breadth of his love, which overlooks [Read More...]

Stations of the Cross and Benediction together?

Reading about how my parish follows the Stations of the Cross with Benediction, a couple readers have wondered if this is liturgically correct or appropriate. A deacon candidate noted: “I’m being taught in diaconal formation that Benediction is not a closing to another devotion. Must be linked to the Eucharist.”  Far as I know—and from [Read More...]