Think Mass Is Too Long? Pope Francis Has A Solution.

The answer is joy! From this morning’s homily:  The Holy Spirit is the “author” of Christian joy and to proclaim the Gospel we need to have joy in our hearts gifted us by the Spirit of God. There is a certain understanding of Christian life that is marked by sadness, but long faces cannot proclaim [Read More...]

The Wheel Presence: Oregon Prepares for the Blessing of the Bikes

Details:  The Catholic Archdiocese of Portland and the parish of St. Mary’s Cathedral will hold their annual blessing of the bikes at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 9, in the cathedral courtyard. The 30-minute rite is open to the bicycling community and the public at large. “Portland is a platinum cycling city,” says Deacon Thomas Gornick, director of evangelization for [Read More...]

What does Jorge Bergoglio keep in his breviary?

An excerpt from “Francis: Pope of  New World” by Andrea Tornielli: When he traveled, Jorge Mario—who likes to be described as “a priest who is happy to be a priest”—was inseparable from his date book, in which were written by hand the telephone numbers of his friends and acquaintances. And he always carried with him his [Read More...]

Praying for Syria in Brooklyn

Further proof that God never ceases to surprise us. Tonight, I found myself continually surprised—and moved, uplifted and inspired at an interfaith prayer service for Syria and the Middle East at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Cathedral in Brooklyn.   There, clergy and laity representing Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim traditions, prayed a variation of [Read More...]

Praying the Stations of the “L”: one man’s unique journey through Chicago

The Chicago Tribune follows one young man’s unusual pilgrimage: There’s nothing extraordinary about Aidan Gillespie’s daily commute on the No. 50 bus down Damen Avenue. Perhaps that’s why the Roman Catholic schoolteacher chose the train Tuesday for a more spiritual journey. Setting out before dawn, Gillespie, 25, rode every line of Chicago’s “L” from end [Read More...]

Vatican releases text for Pope Francis’ Way of the Cross

The text, to be prayed at the Col0sseum on Good Friday, was supervised by a newly created cardinal, Maronite Patriarch Béchara Boutros Raï, and written by Lebanese young people with a special emphasis on the struggles of people in the Middle East. CNS notes:  A group of Lebanese young people wrote the meditations at the [Read More...]

Speaking of Joseph: another timely prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours

From today’s Morning Prayer, Psalm 79: Lord, tend Your vine… Shepherd of Israel, listen – you who take Joseph as your flock. Shine out before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh – you who are enthroned upon the cherubim. Awaken your power and come to us, come to us and save us. Bring us back, O [Read More...]

Archbishop Lori pens “Prayer for the Church in Time of Transition”

This is an initiative launched by the Knights of Columbus.  A press release sent out tonight reads: The Knights of Columbus – the world’s largest Catholic fraternal group – is asking its members and all Catholics to pray daily for the pope and the church in anticipation of Pope Benedict XVI’s retirement and the election of a [Read More...]

Leo Burnett ad agency travels to Spain to have new website blessed

This may be a first.  The Brussels office of one of the largest and most famous ad agencies in the world took the unusual step of going to Seville to have its new website (on a mobile server) blessed by the archbishop, and to ask the intercession of St. Isidore, the patron of the Internet. [Read More...]

Obama at prayer breakfast: “We place our faith in the nail-scarred hands of Jesus Christ…”

Details: For his fifth year, President Barack Obama attended the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning in at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C. Yet even though Obama has taken strong positions in the last year on issues of concern to religious communities, such as same-sex marriage, immigration reform and the contraception mandate in his healthcare [Read More...]


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