"O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep Your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart…"

Now seems an especially apt moment to recall this prayer below. I first discovered it this spring, in St. John the Evangelist Church, on the ground floor of the building where I work in Manhattan.  They had several yellow cards on a table, with this prayer printed on it.  I took one home, folded in [Read More...]

Catholic valedictorian joins fight to pray at her graduation

A judge has ruled that even words like “Amen” and “benediction” cannot be a part of a public high school graduation ceremony, and now the class valedictorian is filing a motion to change that. Details: The valedictorian of Medina Valley High School wants to pray during her speech at Saturday’s graduation and has joined the [Read More...]

What's it like to give the opening prayer at the Indy 500?

Well, Indianapolis Auxiliary Bishop Christopher Coyne shares that and more in his blog.   He seems smitten by both Kelly Clarkson and Florence Henderson.  (Picture below!) The bishop’s prayer: “Good and gracious God, we give you thanks for the gift of this marvelous day and for all blessings in our lives as we gather on [Read More...]

"Love our Lady…"

I’m working my way through St. Josemaria Escriva’s “The Way,” and this jumped out at me this morning — apt thoughts for a deacon, and for this month devoted to Mary: “Love our Lady.  And she will obtain abundant grace to help you conquer in your daily struggle.  And the enemy will gain nothing by [Read More...]

Good Friday 2011: The Way of the Cross at the Colosseum

The Vatican has posted online the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum, composed by Sr. Maria Rita Piccione, to be led tonight by Pope Benedict. TWELFTH STATION Jesus dies on the cross Jesus experiences his death as a gift of love V/. We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you. R/. Because by [Read More...]

Deacon creates Stations of the Cross for Florida parish

And it’s one of several interpretations of this popular devotion now thriving in Orlando — and around the world. From Florida Catholic: History traces rudimentary elements of the Way of the Cross to the second century and the devotion as celebrated today to the Middle Ages. There are many expressions with varying stations, but all [Read More...]

A Royal Wedding Prayer: "May your love unite them throughout their lives…"

I’m sure you’ve been asking yourself: “When will we get the official prayers for the Royal Wedding???” Relax.  There’s a story about it right here.  And the Catholic prayer is below. Heavenly Father, we ask your blessing upon his Royal Highness, Prince William and Catherine as they pledge their love for each other in marriage. [Read More...]

And now, a few words from St. Ephrem

Hunting for an Orthodox prayer for the next issue of the magazine, my Associate Editor stumbled upon these wise and especially timely words from the saint who was also a deacon: Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem O Lord and Master of my life! Take from me the spirit of sloth, faint-heartedness, lust of power, and [Read More...]

Save the date: Oct 27 for Assisi meeting for world peace

The Vatican has released some details of the event — which, significantly, will not include an interfaith prayer service. From CNA: Pope Benedict XVI will call people of goodwill to join him in working for peace during a “day of reflection, dialogue and prayer for peace and justice in the world” to be held in [Read More...]

What hath God wrought? The talking rosary

A Florida newspaper has details, and a video: The so-called Freedom Rosary, developed by a Vero Beach couple, talks a devotee through the prayers with a tiny speaker in its cross. Like the Confession app, the device is meant to aid Catholic tradition rather than replace it. “People are confused about how to say [the [Read More...]