Prayer

FRENTE A LA CRUZ | “Orando siempre” significa hacer todo en la presencia de Dios

Quah-kah-ka-num-ad. Es el nombre que los indios Potawatomi dieron a Santa Rosa Filipina Duchesne: "Mujer que ora siempre"

Celebramos la fiesta de Santa Rosa Filipina esta semana (el 18 de noviembre). También leeremos secuencialmente a través del Evangelio de San Lucas, y el pasaje que justamente corresponde en el día de su fiesta, habla de Jesús instruyendo a los discípulos "acerca de la necesidad de que oraran siempre" (San Lucas 18:1). ¡Esta notable coincidencia puede ser la manera de Dios para atraer nuestra atención!

BEFORE THE CROSS | ‘Praying always’ means doing everything in the presence of God

Quah-kah-ka-num-ad. That's the name the Potawatomi Indians gave to St. Rose Philippine Duchesne: "Woman Who Prays Always."

We celebrate St. Rose Philippine's feast day this week (Nov. 18). We're also reading sequentially through the Gospel of Luke, and the passage that just happens to come up on her feast day tells of Jesus instructing the disciples "about the necessity for them to pray always" (Luke 18:1). Maybe this remarkable coincidence is God's way of trying to get our attention!

Eureka school grabs attention with message of peace

Students, faculty and staff from Most Sacred Heart School pose with pinwheels used to create a giant cross outside the church as part of the Pinwheels for Peace prayer service held at the parish in Eureka, Mo., Sept. 21.

Students at Most Sacred Heart School in Eureka scurried along the hillside next to Interstate 44 and stuck a few hundred pinwheels in the ground to make a symbol of peace.

Instead of the peace symbol, dove or olive branch, the students made a cross on that hill Sept. 21. It came as a pleasant surprise to the parish pastor, Father Joe Kempf, and principal, Monica Wilson. Father Kempf took one look at the cross and remarked, "That's our path to peace."

Opportunity to grow prayer life gains in popularity

Map courtesy of John Schwob, Director of Pastoral Planning

An opportunity to grow in prayer and relationship with Christ is expanding in the archdiocese due to the program's popularity.

About 50 people participated at four parish locations in 2014 when Oremus was offered to the first cohort of the archdiocesan Lay Formation Program. Now, with the eight-week Catholic prayer study course offered around the archdiocese, participation and number of sites have mushroomed.

Prayer Resources

The following is a 6-part series on prayer as communication as published in Catholic St. Louis magazine in 2017. Not a subscriber? Email Theresa Orozco (theresaorozco@archstl.org) to subscribe to the free magazine of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

DEAR FATHER | We must commit ourselves to prayer for loved ones who have died

Thank you for asking this difficult question. It's a question that I believe is on the heart of many after a funeral. Unfortunately, it isn't brought up very often. After all, we don't want to say or think anything negative about our loved one, nor do we want to doubt the power of God's merciful love for anyone. This question remains something nagging our mind that we rarely address.

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