In memory of Father Walker…

From the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter:  The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter mourns the death of Rev. Kenneth Walker, FSSP, who was murdered on June 11, 2014 at the Rectory of Mater Misericordiae Parish in Phoenix, Arizona, where he served as assistant priest. He was dearly loved by the faithful he served and his [Read More...]

Happy feast of St. Ephrem!

Lord and Master of my life, keep from me the spirit of indifference and discouragement, lust of power and idle chatter. Instead, grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humble-mindedness, patience, and love. O Lord and King, grant me the grace to be aware of my sins and not to judge [Read More...]

A prayer on D-Day

The following press release was sent out this morning by the Archdiocese for Military Services:  Auxiliary Bishop F. Richard Spencer delivered the invocation at today’s internationally televised ceremony in Normandy marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when U.S.-led Western Allied forces landed to liberate mainland Europe from Nazi occupation. In the ceremony, attended by U.S. [Read More...]

One of the most important sentences a newly ordained clergyman needs to know

Since it’s ordination season, here’s a valuable phrase that every newly ordained priest and deacon needs to know: May this rosary and the one who uses it be blessed, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, + and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.  You’ll use that more often than you realize. Last [Read More...]

BREAKING: SCOTUS rules prayers at council meetings are constitutional

Details:  The Supreme Court said Monday that prayers that open town council meetings do not violate the Constitution even if they routinely stress Christianity. The court said in 5-4 decision that the content of the prayers is not significant as long as officials make a good-faith effort at inclusion. The ruling was a victory for [Read More...]

“Hateful rant”: Congresswoman storms out of prayer event over speaker’s anti-abortion comments

Details:  Harbor Area Rep. Janice Hahn stormed out of Thursday’s National Day of Prayer gathering on Capitol Hill, saying she was outraged by what she later characterized as a “hateful political rant” by one of the speakers. Evangelical Christian radio host James Dobson delivered strong words to President Barack Obama, who was not in attendance, [Read More...]

“Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II were not afraid to look upon the wounds of Jesus…”

From Pope Francis’s homily at the canonizations: The wounds of Jesus are a scandal, a stumbling block for faith, yet they are also the test of faith. That is why on the body of the risen Christ the wounds never pass away: they remain, for those wounds are the enduring sign of God’s love for [Read More...]

Report: Church officials “extremely interested” in adding prayer at end of Mass for persecuted Christians

From The National Catholic Register:  A concerted effort is under way in Rome and in dioceses around the world to have Pope Francis introduce a prayer for the poor, persecuted and oppressed at the end of every Sunday Mass. The Register has learned that Church officials at the highest levels are “extremely interested” in having [Read More...]

Obama praises pope at Easter prayer breakfast

From CNS:  President Barack Obama praised Francis during an Easter prayer breakfast at the White House, April 14. In his remarks, the president said he felt the spirit of the hope of the Resurrection and of following Jesus when he met Pope Francis on Mar. 27 at the Vatican. “Those of us of the Christian [Read More...]

The deacon who wrote “Everyone’s Way of the Cross”

The modern version of an ancient devotion remains perennially popular, and now Mark Zimmerman at the Catholic Standard in Washington has the story behind it: About 45 years ago, amid the happy chaos of his large Bethesda home as his 13 children were coming and going in all directions, Deacon Clarence Enzler would settle onto [Read More...]