Obama at prayer breakfast: “Religion strengthens America”—UPDATED

From The New York Daily News:   President Obama and the First Lady joined thousands from the Washington elite early Thursday for the National Prayer Breakfast, an event that hit a decidedly more spiritual tone in 2014 than the highly politicized spirit at the 2013 occasion. The first couple was joined by Vice President Joe Biden [Read More…]

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Getting ready for Lent? There’s an app for that

Believe it or not, Lent starts just a month from now, on March 5. And the folks at CRS Rice Bowl are already on top of it. They’ve got an app for Lent—available for both Android and iPhone—to help make Lent more meaningful. According to their publicist, the app includes: Prayerful reflection for each day [Read More…]

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Everybody knows: you don’t eat until you say grace

And that includes our friends in the animal kingdom. Watch. [Read more…]

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Hail Mary pass: half of football fans believe God is a force in football

Details:  Two weeks ahead of the Super Bowl, half of American sports fans say they believe God or a supernatural force is at play in the games they watch, according to a new survey. That percentage includes Americans who pray for God to help their team (26 percent), think their team has been cursed (25 [Read More…]

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Thomas Peters, six months on

For those who have been following his story, and remembering him in prayer, an update: After focusing on his right hand for a few weeks, his right thumb and pinky are starting to move very slowly.  His therapist is optimistic that they can get more of the fingers to follow suit, it will just take [Read More…]

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Why Pope Francis is a model CEO

Here’s a different take on Pope Francis, from a business perspective, via a retired university professor and dean: Leaving aside for the moment judgments about faith and doctrine that are beyond the scope of the financial pages, let’s just look at how successful Francis has been in his first year as CEO of one of [Read More…]

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Devotion to St. Pio

My parish has undertaken a novena to St. Pio—popularly known as “Padre Pio.” We’ve moved a large statue of the saint from its place in a side chapel, to a prominent position in the sanctuary. A number of people were drawn to him after Mass today. Oh blessed Saint Padre Pio, you were a priest [Read More…]

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From the pope, a prayer to the Holy Family

From Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis on Sunday invited the faithful to join him sprititually in prayer for the upcoming Concistory and for the next Synod of Bishops which will focus on the theme of the Family. Celebrating the Feast of the Holy Family on this first Sunday after Christmas, the Pope entrusted the work of [Read More…]

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A Prayer for Those Who Grieve at Christmas

We all know someone for whom the holidays are not times of cheer. Fr. Austin Fleming has composed this for them and is encouraging people to share it with those who are hurting.  +++ Dear God, There is an empty chair near the tree, an ache in our hearts and tears on our faces. We [Read More…]

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“Thanks for all the prayers!”

From Deacon Bill Ditewig:  Happy to report healing on all fronts, thanks to the amazing outpouring of prayer and concern of so many people. First, our four-year old grandson, Vinny, is recovering from successful brain surgery, during which the surgeon removed a tumor the size of the surgeon’s fist.  Vinny is in for a long [Read More…]

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