Helping hands: translating the Mass for those who can’t hear

A diocesan paper in Arkansas looks at the particular challenges of deaf Catholics – and how the church is trying to help them: When Catholics who are deaf make a joyful noise to the Lord, they do it with a flourish of fingers. Every day they face isolation in a hearing world, even when it [Read More...]

Married couple will write about family for this year’s Way of the Cross in Rome

The Vatican announced yesterday that Pope Benedict had selected, for the first time, a married couple to write the reflections for the Good Friday Way of the Cross — and Vatican Radio has a brief interview with the couple: Pope Benedict XVI’s choice of theme for the Way of the Cross this Good Friday – [Read More...]

Taking the leap: a prayer for Leap Day

From a woman deacon in the Church of England website comes this pithy prayer for this special day, geared to those who have decided to take the leap and get married: On hearing of an engagement God of love, please bless N and N as they prepare for the commitment of marriage. May the plans [Read More...]

Following Mary to Calvary

Every year, my wife and I have the privilege of leading our parish’s Stations of the Cross during Lent, using a version that drives home the humanity of the experience in a profoundly moving way. It’s called “Mary’s Way of the Cross,” by Richard Furey (you can read it all here) and it’s become an [Read More...]

The Catholic-turned-atheist teen who’s waging a war on prayer

She’s caused a firestorm of controversy and protest in Rhode Island.  Who is she? Details: She is 16, the daughter of a firefighter and a nurse, a self-proclaimed nerd who loves Harry Potter and Facebook. But Jessica Ahlquist is also an outspoken atheist who has incensed this heavily Roman Catholic city with a successful lawsuit to get a [Read More...]

Airline discontinues prayer cards on some flights

As if air travel weren’t stressful enough already, now some travelers will be flying on a wing, but not a prayer.  An airline tradition is coming to an end: Alaska Airlines’ prayer cards always offended Gordon Bowker, not because the Seattle businessman cared what religion they represented, but because they suggested in-flight prayer was a [Read More...]

What are you praying for next year?

This year is only a few days old, but Pope Benedict has already posted his prayer intentions for 2013. Two that strike me as especially interesting: September General: That people today, often overwhelmed by noise, may rediscover the value of silence and listen to the voice of God and their brothers and sisters. October General: [Read More...]

“Around the world, someone is always saying the Liturgy of the Hours”

You can now pray the office on your computer, on your cell phone, on your iPad — or, the old fashioned way, from a book with colorful silk ribbons.  Catholic San Francisco takes a look at this great prayer of the Church, and why more people are embracing it: Each morning at St. Anthony Church [Read More...]

A prayer to St. Nicholas — UPDATED

Good St Nicholas, Help us prepare for the miracle of the coming of Jesus. Help us not to be blind to the gifts of getting ready. Help us be sincere in the greetings we send and receive, with love and prayer. Kind St. Nicholas, protect us from shoppers’ fatigue, stress, overspending, yet help us to [Read More...]

Another reason to get the Kindle Fire: the Divine Office app

Well, here’s an answered prayer. After weeks of waiting and wondering, I’m delighted to report that the folks behind the excellent Liturgy of the Hours app, Divine Office, have just released a version for the Kindle Fire. It’s been available for iPad and Android phones for a while; I have it on my EVO smartphone, [Read More...]


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