Did you miss the pope’s prayer vigil Saturday? No problem. Here it is.

I was otherwise engaged this weekend—attending a family baptism in Virginia. If you missed it, too, pull up a chair, break out the rosary, and just click the PLAY arrow below. And, for added measure, here’s the text of the pope’s homily—which, at the very least, should be required reading: “And God saw that it [Read More…]

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Our Lady, Queen of Peace, pray for us

Longtime FOB Deacon Charles Rohrbacher in Alaska—a very gifted iconographer—sent me the image above with a note: It is the icon of Our Lady, Queen of Peace. I completed late last night. We’ll be praying with it tomorrow at the Cathedral as part of the Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace in Syria. Our [Read More…]

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“Almighty eternal God, hear the cries of the people of Syria…”

A Prayer for the People of Syria Almighty eternal God, source of all compassion, the promise of your mercy and saving help fills our hearts with hope. Hear the cries of the people of Syria; bring healing to those suffering from the violence, and comfort to those mourning the dead. Empower and encourage Syria’s neighbors [Read More…]

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A prayer for today—and every day

I needed this. From the Orthodox, via Leah Libresco: “Lord Jesus Christ, Who didst command us to love our enemies, and those who defame and injure us, and to pray for them and forgive them; Who Thyself didst pray for Thine enemies, who crucified thee: grant us, we pray, the spirit of Christian reconciliation and [Read More…]

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Rest in peace, Msgr. Joseph Funaro

Yesterday, I asked for prayers for my pastor emeritus, Msgr. Joseph Funaro. Early this morning, his earthly journey came to an end.  He was 76. O God, Thou didst raise Thy servant, Joseph, to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ, according to the Order of Melchisedech, giving him the sublime power to offer the Eternal [Read More…]

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The Assumption and the “Wedding of the Sea”

Thursday marks the Solemnity of the Assumption—n.b., a holy day of obligation—and an occasion for some memorable traditions, most notably the blessing of sea water. This is a custom we started at my parish several years ago (even though we are a long subway ride from the Atlantic Ocean). One of the priests collects some [Read More…]

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Prayers for the Thom Peters—UPDATED

If you’ve been following the Thomas Peters updates on the web or on Facebook, you probably know he was scheduled for surgery this morning. Latest reports indicate it has been postponed because of an infection. Here’s yesterday’s update:  Thomas had another great day yesterday. In the morning he had 1.5 hours of Physical Therapy. His [Read More…]

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Meet World Youth Day’s “Fashionista Priest”

Details, from Aleteia:   Father Andrew O’Connor is perhaps almost as well known in New York’s fashion scene as in the Bronx parish he pastors. Taking a retreat in Guatemala years ago, he was impacted by the grinding poverty and hopelessness he saw. He found a way to get New Yorkers to share their wealth [Read More…]

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New Website Offers Updates on Thomas Peters

I knew this was in the works, and my blog neighbor Lisa Hendey got the scoop: You can now follow Thomas Peters’ recovery at a new website that just launched this afternoon. First entry: The halo has been installed but we are in one of the waiting rooms waiting to be allowed to go back in. [Read More…]

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A Prayer for Mental Health

The following e-mail arrived today from a priest: Hello Deacon Greg. We do not know each other, but I stumbled upon your website today. I am asking, please, that you pray for me and give my name to others who have a ministry of prayer. I am a 51-year-old priest and have terrible terrible mental [Read More…]

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