prayer

DEAR FATHER | Father knows best: Trusting God when it comes to prayer

St. Augustine, in his writings on the Sermon on the Mount — one of the places in Scripture Jesus encourages us to ask, seek and knock for the Father's answer to our needs in prayer — comments on why God doesn't seem to answer our prayers. He lists four reasons.

Acts of love, courage are signs of God’s grace in the U.S., Trump says

WASHINGTON — Acts of love, courage and sacrifice by first responders, parents and children alike are hallmarks of a country that is rooted in prayer and deep faith in God, President Donald Trump told attendees at the National Prayer Breakfast.

The president held up as "American heroes" people from many walks of life who strive to help others as part of their daily routines and in emergencies. He said they are signs of God's grace during a 14-minute speech Feb. 8 at the Washington Hilton Hotel.

DEAR FATHER | Jesus Prayer is an opportunity to pray without ceasing

Recently, I was teaching third-graders at the parish school. One of the students asked if the Sign of the Cross was the shortest prayer there was. I responded that I knew a shorter one: the name Jesus.

The power of Jesus' name is apparent from St. Paul's writings, where he tells the Philippians that every knee shall bend and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord (Philippians 2:11). The confession that Jesus is Lord also forms the most basic and one of the earliest confessions of faith (1 Corinthians 12:3).

How can a name, though, be a 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.

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.

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