“Pray for mercy, pray for healing”

That was the consistent message of this afternoon’s Holy Hour in the Archdiocese of New York, held at the beautiful Church and Priory of St. Vincent Ferrer.  This placid house of prayer on Lexington Ave., staffed by the Dominicans, proved the perfect setting for an hour devoted to contemplation and adoration—and its staggering beauty easily [Read More...]

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I’ll be there. Will you?

As luck (or the Holy Spirit) would have it, my office closes early tomorrow and I’ll be able to take the short walk from my desk to this beautiful church for a special Holy Hour. Won’t you join me? If not with your presence, with your prayers? From Kathryn Jean Lopez: We must pray unceasingly [Read More...]

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Cardinal O’Malley speaks out on Planned Parenthood and “the throwaway culture”

The USCCB has just released this statement from Cardinal O’Malley regarding recent news about Planned Parenthood: WASHINGTON—Cardinal Seán O’Malley, OFM Cap., archbishop of Boston and chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), responded, July 29, to recent videos showing leaders from Planned Parenthood discussing the provision of [Read More...]

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Why does mercy matter?

View image | gettyimages.com A timely reminder from today’s Office of Readings. This comes from a sermon by Saint Caesarius of Arles: Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. My brothers and sisters, sweet is the thought of mercy, but even more so is mercy itself. It is what all men hope for, but [Read More...]

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Sign of hope

Flying out of New York’s LaGuardia Airport yesterday, this sign caught my eye: It’s a reminder of the invaluable airport chaplaincy that serves so many faithful travelers shuttling around the world. (That sign dissolved into another message: “God Bless Our Troops,” which made me wonder how much longer such a shockingly religious message will be [Read More...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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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...]

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“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...]

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