Could You Say a Little Prayer?

R.J. and Jennifer Grigaitis

A friend shared this story with me today.Blogger R.J. Grigaitis, O.F.S. has begun a novena today for his wife Jennifer, who is seriously ill.  Russell has a special devotion to Blessed John Duns Scotus, a Franciscan theologian who was born a few years before the death of St. Thomas Aquinas and died on November 8, 1308.  Russell asks that you join with him in a novena to Blessed John from October 4-12 for Jennifer’s healing.Here is the link to Grigaitis’ blog, which explains the story … [Read more...]

For the Feast of St. Francis

St. Francis of Assisi - our yard

Here's Francis, standing in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in Washington DC.And here he is, standing in my backyard.And here is his famous prayer.  … [Read more...]

The Council of Cardinals Is Off and Running!

Council of Cardinals with Pope Francis

The first three-day meeting of Pope Francis’ new, eight-member Council of Cardinals has drawn to a close; and it appears the group will recommend big changes in the way the Vatican is run.Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesperson, told reporters on October 3 that the Council would not simply update Pope John Paul II’s 1988 Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus, which governs how the Roman Curia operates; instead, they will work to draft an entirely new constitution, with significant new as … [Read more...]