Posts Tagged ‘Prayer’

What’s So Special About the Rosary?

Most canonized Saints since the fifteen century prayed the Rosary in one form or another. The many papal approvals and many private revelations by the Blessed Virgin at least suggest there is something very deep about this form of prayer. We Catholics do not simply say it; we meditate, contemplate and pray through it.

Unfortunately, many only rush through it or think it is only monotonous prayers to the Blessed Mother. Many young...

After the Fortnight: A Reflection and a Call to Prayer

We recently completed our second nationwide observance of the “Fortnight for Freedom” — a very beautiful two-week period of prayer, education, and advocacy, initiated by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. It began on the vigil of the Feasts of the martyrs St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, and concluded on Independence Day.

During this time, Catholics, along with our many brothers and sisters in Christ and people of good will throughout...

Beyond the Fortnight

The Catholic Church in the United States has asked the faithful to pray and to act during its second annual Fortnight for Freedom, which began on June 21 and concludes on July 4. The purpose of the Fortnight is “to address many current challenges to religious liberty, including the August 1, 2013 deadline for religious organizations to comply with the HHS mandate, Supreme Court rulings that could attempt to redefine...

Celebrating the Gospel of Life

In connection with the year of Faith, thousands of Catholics will celebrate the legacy of Blessed John Paul II and The Gospel of Life June 15-16 in Rome. The faithful from around the world will gather with the Holy Father in order to “witness to the sacred value of all life and to celebrate, affirm, and encourage all those who tend to those who are aged, disabled, ill, unborn, homebound, dying...

A Gift From Above

On a Wednesday afternoon, I went into labor with my third child. I called my husband, my midwife, and my mom to tell them. Then I did everything I could to make the labor progress, from scrubbing the bathtub to repeatedly climbing the stairs in my house. After much prayer, we had decided on having another homebirth and I was ready to go.

My midwife and her birth assistant arrived at our home and began...

The Pope’s Prayer Group

Have you ever heard about the pope’s prayer group? It’s the largest prayer group in the world, involving tens of millions of people who pray every day for the pope and for his two monthly prayer intentions. It’s called the Apostleship of Prayer.

Years ago many people were familiar with the Apostleship, primarily through Sacred Heart badges, leaflets that publicized the pope’s monthly intentions, and the practice of starting one’s...

Be Not Afraid: Catholic Families and the Prophecies of St. Malachy

The announcement of the renunciation of Pope Benedict and the preparations for the conclave have once again brought to light the so-called “Prophecy of the Popes,” sometimes attributed to St. Malachy.

At every papal election, these “prophecies” are trotted out, with the attendant tortured explanations about how their trite, nebulous descriptions fit whoever the pope in question is.  During this election some have been especially alarmed that the prophecies end with the next pontificate....

Fish, But No Chips Please

The people of God, who go to confession after a major fall, do their penance and rightly feel forgiven. They are at peace with God having been reconciled by confession of their sins to a priest.

If they have done their penance (usually a few prayers, perhaps a Mass or any other good work imposed on them by the confessor), why should they spend forty days doing more penance for their already forgiven...