“God most provident, we join all creation in raising to you a hymn of thanksgiving…”

From the Book of Blessings, a beautiful way to begin your Thanksgiving meal: + All make the sign of the cross as the leader says: Blessed be the name of the Lord. All reply: Now and forever. One of those present reads the following Scripture text from I Cor 1:3-9 Brothers and sisters, listen to [Read More...]

Traveling today? Pray!

It’s the busiest travel day of the year and, like a lot of people, the Deacons’ Wife and I will be on the road.  We’re flying to Maryland this afternoon.  Which means, of course, getting to the airport this morning. Below is a prayer for travelers from the Orthodox that I like a lot: Lord [Read More...]

A Thanksgiving prayer in time of loss

From the Concord Pastor: Dear God, there’s an empty chair at our table, an ache in our hearts and tears upon our faces… We try to shield one another from our grief but we cannot hide it from you… We pray for… (name your loved one) whose presence we miss in these homecoming days… Open [Read More...]

On the horizon: revised Liturgy of the Hours

But don’t give away your old set just yet. A new translation is years away. From Catholic News Service: Just a year after U.S. Catholics began using the new English translation of the Roman Missal at Masses, the bishops agreed Nov. 13 to have work begin on a revision of the Liturgy of the Hours. [Read More...]

“Whether we have won or lost, Lord, keep us faithful…”

What’s the best thing to do the Morning After?  As we do every morning: pray. Rebecca Hamilton has this great prayer from the USCCB.  And the Concord Pastor offer this:  (This reflection was written on Tuesday afternoon, 11/6, before the results of the election were known.) Lots of people are very happy today, Lord, and almost [Read More...]

A prayer before voting

From the great Concord Pastor, Fr. Austin Fleming: The election is tomorrow, Lord, and I was wondering: if you were a candidate – would you be elected? I know if you were running for office, Lord, you’d campaign with open and transparent honesty: no need for fact-checking your statements and press releases! Your campaign promises [Read More...]

After Sandy: we rise, and we kneel

I have one word for my experience today: jaw-dropping. My parish in Queens seats about a thousand people.  At the 12:05 daily Mass today, we had all that and more.  They were standing in the back, and some in the aisles.  We went through four full ciboriums of hosts, which is almost unprecedented. The Mass [Read More...]

“Within our darkest nights, you kindle a fire that never dies away…”

A priest friend who works at a college on Long Island posted this on his Facebook page this morning: It’s another cloudy day here on Long Island. It’s dark with out power and hard to get around with so many trees down. Dark, no energy and cut off. For many it seems bleak. What lies [Read More...]

The coming storm didn’t worry me until I saw this

Tape on the windows in the lobby of our building. From James Martin, S.J. at America: God of the Universe, at the dawn of creation, your Spirit breathed on the waters, making them the wellspring of all holiness. You created the oceans and rivers, and all that dwell within them, and at your word the [Read More...]

For the month of the rosary, let your fingers do the praying

Patheos is launching a special project for the Year of Faith—details to come—and I’m helping to get the ball rolling with a short reflection on the rosary:  I still have my first set. Do you? It was given to me as a first communion gift: simple black beads with a plain plastic cross. They’re small, [Read More...]


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