From the archives: a prayer about Mary and Martha

Originally posted July 2007.  July 29 is the feast of St. Martha. Trolling the web, I stumbled on this great little prayer, via Amy Cunningham over at Beliefnet: “Warm all the kitchen with Thy love, and light it with Thy peace. Forgive me all my worrying and make my grumbling cease. Thou who didst love [Read More...]

“We do not lose heart…”

“We do not lose heart, because our inner being is renewed each day even though our body is being destroyed at the same time. The present burden of our trial is light enough, and earns for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. We do not fix our gaze on what is seen [Read More...]

Prayers in Colorado: “What kind of people are we becoming?”

Details, from the Los Angeles Times:  At Queen of Peace Catholic Church, about 20 minutes from the Century 16 theater, service-goers on Sunday almost completely filled the 1,500-seat building at a morning Mass to remember parishioner A.J. Boik and to pray for at least two other church members injured in Friday’s tragic theater shooting. Some [Read More...]

Judge bans the “distinctly Christian” Lord’s Prayer

Details: A U.S. district court judge in Delaware ruled last week that members of a local city council who had been reciting the Lord’s Prayer at every meeting for six years must stop the “Christian” practice because it violates the Constitution. The decision by Judge Leonard P. Stark comes in response to a lawsuit filed [Read More...]

The Living Rosary

How did you spend Sunday afternoon?  At my parish, we did this: It’s the “Living Rosary,” an unusual devotion that we practice twice a year — during Mary’s month of May, and during the rosary’s month, October. The pray the rosary in the front plaza of our church, one person representing one bead, singing verses [Read More...]

“A Prayer Before Making Love”

Admit it: prayer may not be the first thing that pops into your mind when the mood strikes.  But — proving once again that there is a prayer for everything — the wife of a deacon (!) has just the right words for the occasion, thanks to a book called “Prayer Book for Spouses.” Let [Read More...]

The Prayer of Blessing for a Child in the Womb

From the rite just published by the USCCB. Read it all here. [For the unborn child]: God, author of all life,bless, we pray, this unborn child; give constant protection and grant a healthy birth that is the sign of our rebirth one day into the eternal rejoicing of heaven. [For the mother]: Lord, who have [Read More...]

A Prayer to St. Joseph the Worker

O Glorious St. Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations, to work with gratitude and joy, in a spirit of penance for the remission of my sins, considering it an honor to employ and develop [Read More...]

Catholic University students build a hermitage in downtown Washington

If any place could use a little peace and quiet, it’s the nation’s capital. Details: Architecture students at The Catholic University of America are seeing their design efforts come to life through a project to build a modern-day hermitage in the middle of Washington, D.C. William Jelen, director of the collaborative project, called the experience [Read More...]

Catholic chaplain delivers politically-charged prayer before Kansas legislature

Details: It was just supposed to be a normal non-political prayer delivered by a guest invited by Republican Rep. Mike Kiegerl, but it didn’t turn out that way at all. When Father James Gordon of St. John Vianney Catholic school stood in front of the Kansas House of Representatives, he gave a highly political prayer [Read More...]


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