A Prayer for Hurricane Season

O God, Master of this passing world, hear the humble voices of your children. The Sea of Galilee obeyed your order and returned to its former quietude; you are still the Master of land and sea. We live in the shadow of a danger over which we have no control. The sea, like a provoked [Read More...]

NYC mayor: no prayer at 9/11 memorial service

Incredible, but true: The atheists aren’t the only ones making a stink about the goings-on at Ground Zero; the former Deputy Mayor under Rudy Giuliani is lambasting Mayor Bloomberg for excluding religion from the upcoming 10th anniversary ceremony at the World Trade Center. “This is America, and to have a memorial service where there’s no [Read More...]

Prayer in Time of Economic Trouble

Father, times are hard. They say many people will lose their jobs. No one can tell how long this crisis shall last. No assurance can be given to all who grope in the dark. But we believe, dear Father that this too, shall pass, and there is no trial we cannot be able to conquer [Read More...]

Gov. Rick Perry: "We give it all to You…"

If anyone missed it…below is a minute or so from Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s prayer at “The Response” rally yesterday in Houston. Is this the next President of the United States? [Read more...]

What's the secret of a successful parish?

New York’s Archbishop Timothy Dolan has the answer. From his blog: “What makes this place tick?”  I quizzed the exuberant pastor as he showed me around the parish, renowned for its high rate of Sunday Mass attendance; first-rate school; excellent religious education for kids, teenagers, young adults, and adults; remarkably effective stewardship; and successful initiatives [Read More...]

"Respect one another, and let no man judge his neighbor…"

“Be zealous to do all things in harmony with God, with the bishop presiding in the place of God, and the presbyters in the place of the Council of the Apostles, and the deacons, who are most dear to me, entrusted with the service of Jesus Christ, who was from eternity with the Father and [Read More...]

Fr. William Doyle's prayer for priests: "I am no longer myself, I am Jesus crucified…"

A reader posted this in the comments, and I thought it too good not to share. It’s a prayer for priests by Fr. Willie Doyle, heroic priest of World War I: O my God, pour out in abundance Thy spirit of sacrifice upon Thy priests. It is both their glory and their duty to become [Read More...]

A prayer for summer

From the poetic pen of Fr. Austin Fleming… If I don’t believe in summer, Lord, how will I believe in you or in heaven where summer’s joy surely never ends, where summer’s timeless stillness calms with peace all other seasons’ grief? I offer you these months, my heart’s July and August days: come summer with [Read More...]

iBreviary, over easy

A priest friend posted this image on his Facebook page, from the good folks who produce the invaluable (but, evidently, spelling-challenged) iBreviary: [Read more...]

Veterans say "Jesus" and "God" banned from cemetery prayers

Just in time for the Independence Day holiday weekend, some disturbing allegations out of Texas. Details: Veterans in Houston say the Department of Veterans Affairs is consistently censoring their prayers by banning them from saying the words “God” and “Jesus” during funeral services at Houston National Cemetery. Three organizations — the Veterans of Foreign Wars, [Read More...]


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