Tag Archives: Prayer

The Test of the Angels

It is easier to grasp the mystery of evil if we focus on the angelic world mentioned in the Bible. It is worth remembering that it wasn’t just the Queen of Angels who was subjected to a radical spiritual choice … Continue reading

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Bishops call for prayers for victims on World Day Against Human Trafficking

Jul 30, 2020, CNA: The U.S. bishops have urged Catholics to pray for the victims of human trafficking Thursday, as the United Nations again designated July 30 as World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.  “Today we take a moment to … Continue reading

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Bishop Schneider: Lockdown is a trial that can bring about great ‘spiritual benefit’

May 22, 2020, LifeSiteNews: Bishop Athanasius Schneider said Catholics should accept the situation brought about by the pandemic as a trial, suggesting that such acceptance will produce great spiritual benefit for the Church, “a greater spiritual benefit as if we … Continue reading

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How I Found True Contrition at the Site of My Sins

By Bettine di Fiore at OnePeterFive: Sunday was my thirteenth day in coronavirus quarantine. I must confess that although I have done some liturgical sewing and have spent more time than usual exercising, cooking, and praying, most of this precious … Continue reading

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To the Most High Trinity

The Holy Trinity by Ann Chapin The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in Himself. It is therefore the source of all the other mysteries … Continue reading

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Help of the Hopeless

The Litany of St Jude Thaddeus (For private use) Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us. God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us. … Continue reading

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Ss Thomas More and John Fisher

Today is the memorial of St Thomas More and St John Fisher. For an excellent piece about these two great English martyrs click here and scroll down. O God, who in martyrdom have brought true faith to its highest expression, … Continue reading

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St Agatha

Although we have evidence that Agatha was venerated at least as far back as the sixth century, the only facts we have about her are that she was born in Sicily and died there a martyr. In the legend of … Continue reading

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Bishop Mark Davies’ Advent pastoral letter on the New Evangelisation

The following address was read in churches and chapels of the Diocese of Shrewsbury on the first Sunday of Advent, 2nd December 2o12: My dear brothers and sisters, The Christmas celebration reminds us that Christianity lies at the foundation of … Continue reading

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Spiritual aridity

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Portiuncula reminder

The Portiuncula Plenary indulgence reminder comes from Rorate Caeli: On August 2, the “Portiuncula indulgence“: under the usual conditions, recite the Credo and the Pater in any Minor Basilica (33, § 2, c), Cathedral (33, § 3, e), or Parish Church (33, § 5, b). (Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, 4th edition, al. … Continue reading

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Saint Simon Stock and the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

May 16 – Feast of Saint Simon Stock Saint Simon Stock was born to a very illustrious family in Kent County, England (c. 1165), of which his father was governor. His mother was devoted to the Virgin Mary, and Simon … Continue reading

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Pope Benedict: Prayer should always include praise

Benedict XVI looks at a traditional Mexican Nativity scene donated by the state of Puebla (Photo: CNS) (CatholicHerald.co.uk) Prayer should not centre just on asking God to fulfil one’s hopes and desires, but must include praise, thanks and trust in … Continue reading

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The savage beast

I have always been impressed by those people that have a facility for prayer. I am afraid that I am one of those silly people that just can’t stop their over-active minds from chattering and burbling on: no sooner do … Continue reading

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In the shallows of the night

One naked star has waded through The purple shallows of the night, And faltering as falls the dew It drips its misty light. James Whitcomb Riley—The Beetle. Forgive this piece of sheer indulgence: it is late, I am alone with … Continue reading

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