Pray for Benedict during the Mass—just not out loud

It happened at my parish this weekend — and no doubt, at countless others around the world: the priest, out of habit, accidentally mentioned the name of Benedict during the Eucharistic Prayer. It’s one small change to the liturgy that takes place during the “sede vacante” period.  CNS has more:  The resignation of the pope, [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...]

From Catholic to Buddhist and back again

Some insight on prayer from author and professor Susan Stabile, and I can’t help but think some of her ideas here would not be unfamiliar to Thomas Merton: Becoming a Tibetan Buddhist nun is not a typical life choice for a child of an Italian Catholic police officer from Brooklyn, New York. Nevertheless, in February [Read More...]

“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...]

“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...]

At the Democratic Convention, a “Benediction for the Nation”

Below is the prayer recited last night at the Democratic National Convention by Jena Lee Nardella, of the Blood Water Mission: God, I stand before You and ask that the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing unto You. I pray for our President, Barack Obama. May he know Your [Read More...]

In the e-mail: on vesting a deacon for his funeral

The following e-mail arrived Tuesday afternoon: On July 31, 2012 one of our deacons, Deacon Thomas Bates died of cancer after a brief illness. Deacon Bates was 63 years old and was ordained on May 24, 2007. I had recently purchased “Ordained to Serve”, Prayers and Blessings for Permanent Deacons, edited by Denis Robinson, OSB. [Read More...]


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