Prayer

POPE’S MESSAGE | Pray with courage, conviction, not mindlessly like a parrot

Pope Francis burned incense as he celebrated Mass marking the World Day of Migrants and Refugees Jan. 14 in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. See story, page 26.

VATICAN CITY — Prayer is a "high stakes" endeavor, requiring courage, perseverance and patience, Pope Francis said.

Courage is needed to stick one's neck out and "challenge the Lord," pursuing and confronting Him with one's appeals, the pope said Jan. 12 in the homily at Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae.

"If prayer isn't courageous, it isn't Christian," he said.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Sunday has lost its sense as day of rest, renewal in Christ

Pope Francis prayed at a prayer service held in front of a statue of Mary near the Spanish Steps in Rome Dec. 8. The brief prayer service was a celebration of the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

VATICAN CITY — Just like a plant needs sun and nourishment to survive, every Christian needs the light of Sunday and the sustenance of the Eucharist to truly live, Pope Francis said.

"How can we carry out the Gospel without drawing the energy needed to do it, one Sunday after another, from the limitless source of the Eucharist," he said Dec. 13 at his weekly general audience.

Fatima community grows out of God’s will

Father Joeseph Diep, has started a new religious group, Congregation Messengers of Fatima, which will minister to the rural poor around St. Clair. He stood next to an image of Our Lady of Fatima in the Congregation’s home.

When a group of Vietnamese seminarians and brothers of different religious communities asked for Father Joseph Diep's help in finding different seminaries or orders, he obliged and showed them around.

Several found new homes as a result. However, the others concluded that a completely new community was needed and that Father Diep should lead it. He responded with an emphatic, "No."

"I told them, 'You're crazy. I'm an old man!'" Father Diep said, with a laugh.

National Night of Prayer for Life to be observed in parishes Dec. 8 and 9

Twenty parishes in the archdiocese will participate in the National Night of Prayer for Life, a time for eucharistic adoration and prayer for the unborn, an end to abortion and protection of the sanctity of human life. Local parishes will join others across the country to ask for the intercession of the Blessed Mother to establish a culture of life.

The evening prayer spans the feast of the Immaculate Conception on Friday, Dec. 8, and the anniversary of Our Lady of Guadalupe's first apparition to St. Juan Diego on Saturday, Dec. 9.

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!

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