To Pray For Michael Schumacher’s Recovery UPDATE

Photo Credit: Gunnar Richter

UPDATE

It’s been 91 days since Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident. Put into an induced coma for a craniectomy, Michael has not regained consciousness.  Please continue to pray for his recovery.

 

I found out early this morning that Michael Schumacher, the 7-time Formula One Champion (1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002,2003, 2004) who retired for a second time last year, sustained a head injury while skiing a few days ago.

Please say a quick prayer for his full recovery, ok? I’ll provide you with more details on his accident and condition in a moment, but let me, the resident gearhead at the Patheos Catholic channel, beg you your prayers. [Read more...]

Faith In The Midst Of Devastation (Worth A Thousand Words)

Tolosa, Leyte, The Philippines. Nov. 18, 2013.
Photo Credit: Philippe Lopez, AFP/Getty Images

Head over to TIME for the rest of their picks for the Top 10 Photos of 2013.

Bishop Paprocki’s Homily for Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage

Earlier this evening, in Springfield, Illinois, Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki followed through with his plan of prayers and the rite of exorcism in response to the Governor of Illinois signing a same-sex marriage bill into law. The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, as you can see, was not empty. [Read more...]

To Pray For the Victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

Today we pray especially for those killed or injured in the devastating storm named Typhoon Haiyan.  Reports are that as many as 10,000 people have died, and widespread damage has occurred with thousands of homes, businesses, and buildings completely destroyed. Have a look at the before and after photographs of one city to get a sense of the destructive power of this storm. We’ve even sent some Marines in to help. [Read more...]

Because Our Neighbors Include the Dead

And that is why we pray for them. Sure, I could knock you around with scriptural references galore for why Catholic Christians pray for the dead, from both the Old Testament and the New. [Read more...]

So You Want To Cause A Ruckus, And Pray For “Marriage Equality” In The Cathedral? Bishop Paprocki Has A Message For You…

Let me exercise my teaching office…

Think again. And if you’re a Catholic who happens to belong to the Rainbow Sash Movement? Roll tape, [Read more...]

Pope Francis Identifies The Elephant In The Room: Confusing Ideology With The Faith

“In ideologies there is not Jesus”

A month or so ago, I noted that Pope Francis and I agree about politics. You should be involved. But I also agree with what he said in his homily today. [Read more...]

What Can You Personally Do About The Priest Sex Abuse Scandal? UPDATED

Our Lady, Untier of Knots

This message is for most of us who aren’t directly involved in any of the ongoing scandals that continue to percolate to the surface these days, like in Newark, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and the latest scandalous news coming out of Cleveland, but who understand that we need to do something.

It’s time to break out the big guns of prayer and fasting, is all I can figure. How to do that? Check this out. [Read more...]

Andrea Doria, Lepanto, and the Power of the Rosary

When I was a kid, I really enjoyed reading history. Usually, I wasn’t reading the history that I was supposed to be reading in the classroom.  I really didn’t do that well in school until I served two hitches in the Marines and then decided to get out and go to college. Grade school and high school? Homework, schmomework! [Read more...]

Because Even Superman Needs To Pray

Hi. It’s just me.

Have you seen the quiz that’s going around the interwebs? The one where you answer 10 questions and presto, the literary character your answers best line up with is produced?

I usually avoid these sorts of things, but a friend of mine took it and posted his results on his Facebook wall (Samwise Gamgee), and then another friend did (Sherlock Holmes), and another (Romeo), and so on (Hermione), and so on (Achilles). [Read more...]


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