Archive for August 2012

A Prayer for Our Country at the Republican National Convention

Let us pray: Almighty God, father of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jesus, we beg your continued blessings on this sanctuary of freedom, and on all of those who proudly call it home. We ask your benediction on those yet to be born, and on those who are about to see you at the end of... Read more »

How to Defend the Faith Without Raising Your Voice: A Book by Austen Ivereigh

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I need to read this book. ¬†ūüėČ

Before You Step Out Into the World Today

O God, who cause the minds of the faithful to unite in a single purpose, grant your people to love what you command and to desire what you promise, that, amid the uncertainties of this world, our hearts may be fixed on that place where true gladness is found. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your... Read more »

The Martyrdom of John the Baptist

The task set before the Baptist as he lay in prison was to become blessed by this unquestioning acceptance of God’s obscure will; to reach the point of asking no further for external, visible, unequivocal clarity, but, instead, of discovering God precisely in the darkness of this world and of his own life, and thus... Read more »

Blessed Mother Teresa Novena Starts Today¬†is starting a novena to Blessed Mother Teresa today! ¬†Mother Teresa was called home September 5, 1997 after a lifetime of service to Our Lord.   Blessed Mother Teresa Novena (Click here for Spanish) Mother Teresa was called from this world on September 5, 1997. As we approach the anniversary of her death, we invite... Read more »

The Power of a Mother's Prayers

When my kids were younger, and they had done something wrong, I would tell them, “NEVER underestimate the power of my prayers!” ¬†They would give me these very quizzical looks with just a bit of fear in their eyes. ¬†I don’t think they really understood what that meant, but I always had St. Monica in... Read more »

Reflections on Today's Readings

Faith is a choice. ¬†We make a personal choice to believe in something or not. ¬†As Catholics, we still make choices within our faith. In the last four weeks, the Gospel has focused on the Eucharist. ¬†Even the songs we have chosen to sing at Mass have revolved around that. ¬†The Eucharist is “a daily... Read more »

Prayers for Our Shepherd

Please pray for Cardinal George and the people of the Archdiocese of Chicago. ¬†You can read Cardinal George’s column for this weekend¬†here. Today’s Collect: O God, who brought Saint Louis from the cares of earthly rule to the glory of a heavenly realm, grant, we pray, through his intercession, that, by fulfilling our duties on... Read more »

The World Over - Mitt Romney interviewed by Raymond Arroyo

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I turned on the TV yesterday and an old Bonanza episode was about Mormons! ¬†Later in the evening, I caught a few minutes of Rock Center (which was about … Mormons). ¬†I was really impressed by their “food pantry/grocery store.” This is Raymond Arroyo’s interview with Mitt Romney. ¬†I would love to see Obama interviewed... Read more »

An Internet Prayer About Pornography

  Dear God, I ask Your help divine whenever I must go online. ¬†I tell myself that I love “art,” their sculpted forms, my heavy heart. As I get lost in cyberspace and go from face to nameless face, behind each image, there’s a life, there’s someone’s husband, someone’s wife. Perhaps a son or daughter,... Read more »