An update on Vinnie

You’ll remember I was asking folks to pray for Bill Ditewig’s grandson, Vinnie. From Bill’s Facebook page late yesterday: The VinMan did great! He’ll be sedated for quite a while. Looks like Christmas in the hospital, but so far, so good. Thanks to EVERYONE for the prayers!!! Bill also attached a pre-surgery picture: [Read more…]

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Prayers for Vinnie

A lot of folks around here know Deacon Bill Ditewig. Tonight, he’s flying to Iowa for a trip no one ever wants to make, especially around the holidays. His four-year-old grandson, Vincent Hurd, has a mass on his brain. He’s undergoing the first of two surgeries tonight, and another on Thursday. I don’t usually rattle [Read More…]

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Today, stand for someone who can’t

That would be Thomas Peters. As you probably know, he’s facing a long road back from the debilitating accident that crippled him this summer. He’s written about it himself with pathos and poignancy—and a beautiful clarity.  Now, his friends are rallying to help. Pray. Donate. Spread the word. Visit this website to learn how.   [Read More…]

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For the Philippines: Pope John Paul’s Stella Maris Prayer

O Mary, Star of the Sea, light of every ocean, guide seafarers across all dark and stormy seas that they may reach the haven of peace and light prepared in Him who calmed the sea. As we set forth upon the oceans of the world and cross the deserts of our time, show us, O [Read More…]

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Lost in translation: French make adjustment to Lord’s Prayer

And you thought translating the Roman Missal into English was problematic. Details: France‘s Catholic Church has finally corrected a “blasphemous” error that crept into the Gallic version of The Lord’s prayer half a century ago. After a 17-year debate, theologians and writers concluded that the French equivalent of “And lead us not into temptation” implied [Read More…]

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Two popes, one mother and the rosary

In 2005, the monthly magazine 30 Days invited 20 cardinals from around the world to share their remembrances of the just-deceased Pope John Paul II. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio—now, of course, Pope Francis—wrote the following: If I remember well it was 1985. One evening I went to recite the Holy Rosary that was being led by [Read More…]

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“How many of you pray for Christians who are persecuted?”

This was very much on the pope’s mind this morning—along with some other challenging thoughts on unity, gossip and the “privatized” Church. From CNS:  Backstabbing and gossip hurt people and harm God’s desire for a united human family, Pope Francis said. Unity is a gift from God, “but often we struggle to live it out,” [Read More…]

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Let there be light: the story behind Benedict’s candle at Ground Zero

At CNS’s blog, Carol Glatz has this intriguing story about meeting Martin Marklin, the man who designed the candle for Pope Benedict’s visit to Ground Zero in 2008, and the light that nearly wasn’t: When the candle safely arrived, Martin was then concerned about how it would be lit. It was Pope Benedict’s desire to light [Read More…]

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For 9/11: Mychal’s Prayer

Lord, take me where You want me to go; Let me meet who You want me to meet; Tell me what You want me to say; And keep me out of Your way. — Fr. Mychal F. Judge, O.F.M. FDNY Chaplain 5/11/33  —  9/11/01 Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light [Read More…]

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The power of prayer? Syria announces support of plan to surrender chemical weapons

It’s not a done deal yet, but this sounds promising.  From CNN:  The Syrian government supports a proposal to put its chemical weapons under international control as a way to avert a Western military strike, Syria’s prime minister said Tuesday. The Russian plan “aims to stop the Syrian bloodshed and prevent a war,” Wael Nader [Read More…]

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