"We invoke the divine blessing on these animals…"

“The animals of God’s creation inhabit the skies, the earth, and the sea.  They share in the fortunes of human existence and have a part in human life.  god, who confers his gifts on all living things, has often used the service of animals or made them symbolic reminders of the gifts of salvation.  Animals [Read More...]

A miracle for Fulton Sheen?

An investigation has begun, according to CNS: That James Fulton Engstrom celebrated his first birthday Sept. 16 is amazing. In fact, some would call his life a miracle. Considered stillborn one year ago after his mother’s healthy pregnancy and “a beautiful, short labor,” James was without a pulse for the first 61 minutes of his [Read More...]

A prayer at summer's end

Why, Lord, must the good days come to an end? Why are memories not enough? Why is the fall-filtered beauty of light and leaves not enough today to help me let go summer’s warmth and pace and peace? Of seasons there are four, they say, but yet a hundred seasons more just in my one [Read More...]

A Prayer for Hurricane Season

O God, Master of this passing world, hear the humble voices of your children. The Sea of Galilee obeyed your order and returned to its former quietude; you are still the Master of land and sea. We live in the shadow of a danger over which we have no control. The sea, like a provoked [Read More...]

NYC mayor: no prayer at 9/11 memorial service

Incredible, but true: The atheists aren’t the only ones making a stink about the goings-on at Ground Zero; the former Deputy Mayor under Rudy Giuliani is lambasting Mayor Bloomberg for excluding religion from the upcoming 10th anniversary ceremony at the World Trade Center. “This is America, and to have a memorial service where there’s no [Read More...]

Prayer in Time of Economic Trouble

Father, times are hard. They say many people will lose their jobs. No one can tell how long this crisis shall last. No assurance can be given to all who grope in the dark. But we believe, dear Father that this too, shall pass, and there is no trial we cannot be able to conquer [Read More...]

A prayer for summer

From the poetic pen of Fr. Austin Fleming… If I don’t believe in summer, Lord, how will I believe in you or in heaven where summer’s joy surely never ends, where summer’s timeless stillness calms with peace all other seasons’ grief? I offer you these months, my heart’s July and August days: come summer with [Read More...]

iBreviary, over easy

A priest friend posted this image on his Facebook page, from the good folks who produce the invaluable (but, evidently, spelling-challenged) iBreviary: [Read more...]

Veterans say "Jesus" and "God" banned from cemetery prayers

Just in time for the Independence Day holiday weekend, some disturbing allegations out of Texas. Details: Veterans in Houston say the Department of Veterans Affairs is consistently censoring their prayers by banning them from saying the words “God” and “Jesus” during funeral services at Houston National Cemetery. Three organizations — the Veterans of Foreign Wars, [Read More...]

Praying for some tasty waves

A popular ritual on the West Coast is moving east, with the blessing of surf boards for the summer season. Details, from CNN: Some New York surfboards and boogie boards got a splash of holy water before hitting the waves Sunday. St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Montauk held its first ever blessing of [Read More...]


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