Let My Prayer Rise Like Incense….

St. Peters Basilica - French entering w incense 4-29-13

Let my prayer rise before you like incense,  And my hands like an evening offering. --Psalm 141:2This morning in Rome, French Catholics processed into St. Peter’s for the morning Mass, smoldering incense rising like our prayers toward heaven.  Friend Monsignor Richard Soseman—a priest from the Diocese of Peoria who is an official in the Congregation for the Clergy in the Vatican—was on hand to capture this inspiring photograph. But why do Catholics use incense, anyway? In the ancient worl … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ Prayer Intentions for May

Pope Francis - waving

Each month, the Holy Father names two prayer intentions:  a general intention, and a mission intention.  Catholics and all the faithful are invited to unite our voices in prayer to the Father for these heartfelt needs.The Pope's general prayer intention for May is: "That administrators of justice may act always with integrity and right conscience." His mission intention is: “That seminaries, especially those of mission Churches, may form pastors after the Heart of Christ, fully dedicated t … [Read more...]

Just in Time! The National Day of Prayer

National Day of Prayer

If ever there was a time when the citizens of our nation needed to bow in prayer before the throne of God, isn’t this it?  The daily news reveals that our nation’s soul is wounded.I mean, Kermit Gosnell snips babies’ necks, and abortion continues unabated across our land.  Our own government has taken a stand against religious liberty, attempting to force Christian employers to violate their consciences by enacting the HHS Mandate.  The Boston Marathon bombings and the Benghazi terrorist atta … [Read more...]