"O Jesus, Eternal Priest, keep Your priests within the shelter of Your Sacred Heart…"

Now seems an especially apt moment to recall this prayer below. I first discovered it this spring, in St. John the Evangelist Church, on the ground floor of the building where I work in Manhattan.  They had several yellow cards on a table, with this prayer printed on it.  I took one home, folded in [Read More…]

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Catholic valedictorian joins fight to pray at her graduation

A judge has ruled that even words like “Amen” and “benediction” cannot be a part of a public high school graduation ceremony, and now the class valedictorian is filing a motion to change that. Details: The valedictorian of Medina Valley High School wants to pray during her speech at Saturday’s graduation and has joined the [Read More…]

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Bless this house, O Lord we pray…

The day after Easter, I stopped by a parishioner’s apartment to perform a favorite ritual, a house blessing.  That simple blessing, and all that it means, is the subject of this week’s “All Things New”: Whatever compels people to ask for these blessings, there is in every case a strong desire to make something old [Read More…]

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A Royal Wedding Prayer: "May your love unite them throughout their lives…"

I’m sure you’ve been asking yourself: “When will we get the official prayers for the Royal Wedding???” Relax.  There’s a story about it right here.  And the Catholic prayer is below. Heavenly Father, we ask your blessing upon his Royal Highness, Prince William and Catherine as they pledge their love for each other in marriage. [Read More…]

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And now, a few words from St. Ephrem

Hunting for an Orthodox prayer for the next issue of the magazine, my Associate Editor stumbled upon these wise and especially timely words from the saint who was also a deacon: Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem O Lord and Master of my life! Take from me the spirit of sloth, faint-heartedness, lust of power, and [Read More…]

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What hath God wrought? The talking rosary

A Florida newspaper has details, and a video: The so-called Freedom Rosary, developed by a Vero Beach couple, talks a devotee through the prayers with a tiny speaker in its cross. Like the Confession app, the device is meant to aid Catholic tradition rather than replace it. “People are confused about how to say [the [Read More…]

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Pray. Hope. Give.

A prayer for the quake victims, from the Catholic Medical Mission Board: God our Father, In faith we acknowledge your care over us, your sons, daughters and children. In hope we trust in your divine providence of giving us wisdom and courage as we face challenges in life. We invoke your help and guidance during [Read More…]

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Do you hate meetings? This prayer may help

Are too many of your work meetings like this? A friend sent me the prayer below.  I like it Prayer to St. Raphael, Angel of Happy Meetings O Raphael, lead us towards those we are waiting for, those who are waiting for us! Raphael, Angel of Happy Meetings, lead us by the hand towards those [Read More…]

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How meditation may change the brain

I have to think a lot of this may apply, as well, to the practice of contemplative prayer. From the New York Times: Over the December holidays, my husband went on a 10-day silent meditation retreat. Not my idea of fun, but he came back rejuvenated and energetic. He said the experience was so transformational [Read More…]

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A prayer for Epiphany

Let us pray… Father of light, unchanging God, today you reveal to men of faith the resplendent fact of the Word made flesh. Your light is strong, Your love is near; draw us beyond the limits which this world imposes, to the life where Your Spirit makes all life complete. We ask this through Christ [Read More…]

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