Was Your Prayer a Failure?

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This was one of the questions a journalist asked Pope Francis on the plane ride back to Rome from Korea: Given what has happened in Gaza, was the Prayer for Peace held in the Vatican on June 8 a failure? Pope Francis answered, in part (according to the English transcript reporter Gerald O’Connell wrote up, [Read More...]

Robin Williams and Divine Mercy

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From a 2007 interview, you get the sense he may have had a sense of it – all the more reason to remember to pray for people we know and are aware of. Could the grace from those prayers push them through to see the loving and forgiving and strengthening face of God here? To [Read More...]

Praying on the Hill

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Dominican Father Andrew Hofer opened the House one day this week (while we were still in shutdown mode) and it’s surely a prayer for legislating, but one for every day: We have been wrong, and we have sinned. Give us all a share of your wisdom and your mercy. Enlighten us so that we can [Read More...]

Why Does God Allow an Eight-Year-Old Boy to be Killed Waiting for His Dad at the Finish Line?

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From a summary of a conversation on The Good Catholic Life, a Boston-area radio program yesterday: God never wants evil to happen in the world. When a modern Cain kills his brother, God grieves. We can’t imagine what it’s like to lose one child like three families did yesterday. God lost three children. The only [Read More...]

Best of B16: Knowing the Meaning of Life

Also from May 2011: The human being of all times prays because he cannot fail to wonder about the meaning of his life, which remains obscure and discomforting of it is not put in relations to the mystery of God and if his plan for the world. Human life is a fabric woven of good [Read More...]

Best of B16: On the ‘Good Fight of Faith’

From May 2011: Our entire lives are like this long night of struggle and prayer, spent in desiring and asking for God’s blessing, which cannot be grabbed or won through our own strength but must be received with humility from him as a gratuitous gift that ultimately allows us to recognize the Lord’s face. And [Read More...]

Coffee Talk with God

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I was going to send some friends the beautiful text on serving the poor in Monday’s Magnificat, but I never wound up sending that. Subscribe to Magnifcat! You won’t be disappointed with what you find there. I wasn’t trying to be stingy though, that wasn’t my reason for holding back. It’s that I found what [Read More...]

Pray for the Church!

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One of my favorite responses to the pope’s news Monday came from the Knights of Columbus. It was a prayer. O Lord Jesus Christ, Supreme Pastor of Your Church, we thank you for the ministry of Pope Benedict XVI and the selfless care with which he has led us as Successor of Peter, and Your [Read More...]


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