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…]

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“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…]

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Did you pray today?

This is the National Day of Prayer—every day, for some of us, is a day of prayer!—and there’s some interesting background on this day, from the folks at the Pew Center: Today is the National Day of Prayer, on which presidents annually proclaim that “the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation [Read More…]

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“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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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“St. Joseph, be my guide, my father, my model through life…”

Image: by Aristides Artal Today is the great saint’s feast. From the Novena to St. Joseph:  Saint Joseph, you are the faithful protector and intercessor of all who love and venerate you. You know that I have confidence in you and that, after Jesus and Mary, I come to you as an example for holiness, [Read More…]

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On Ash Wednesday, pray for Ukraine

From CNS:  U.S. Catholics stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine as their country struggles with political tensions, said a statement from the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., said in the March 4 statement that the U.S. bishops, “together with tens of millions of [Read More…]

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“Pope Mary and Pope Martha”

My blog neighbor Fr. Dwight Longenecker has a great insight into the two men in white now living at the Vatican:  Together, Mary and Martha represent prayer and action, and both are needed for the Gospel to move forward. Now at this crucial time in human history, the Church offers in these two living popes [Read More…]

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