Pray for Christians in Iraq and Syria Today?

A bit of a mess this week reminds me again how little we in America are doing when we have such tremendous power. Families, individuals, campus groups, parishes, friends, co-workers, couples … pray for Iraqi and Syrian Christians. Here’s a prayer the Knights of Columbus have circulated: Prayer for those Persecuted in Iraq O God [Read More...]

An Atrocity Happens. We Remain Silent?

This is no ordinary opening of an academic year, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., said toward the end of Mass for my alma mater’s academic year. “Atrocities happen because there are people who commit them and because there are people who simply choose to remain silent,” he said at the Basilica of the National [Read More...]

What Are You Doing with that Wine?

Friday’s gospel is about new wine and old wineskins. Fr. James Bradley (whose Twitter feed — @FrJamesBradley — is a source of social-media spiritual nourishment) reflects: fervent and yet silent interior renewal, that makes us ready to receive the graces of this endeavour and to act on them, as we seek to bring the gospel [Read More...]