When I was in the Seminary 1977-1981, during the Summers, I would live in parish rectories. Occasionally, someone would come to the Rectory door asking for assistance. Normally their request was met. However, some people church hopped. Panhandlers do the same. Enable or ignore? Hard choice for me.
Many do not have jobs r/t circumstances beyond their control. Some do not have a job by choice. For those of us that do have jobs, I pray: Lord May we be thankful for the job we have; no matter how menial. May we be joy and peace to others that they may have a good day and may our days be peaceful.
In the sequence before today’s Gospel, we are told that Christ is Risen! He is truly Risen! That event is the culmination of the Sacred Triduum in which Christ shares His Last Supper with His disciples, is arrested, convicted, condemned, and crucified; on the third day resurrected. Blessed Easter...
I was blessed to receive my second COVID-19 vaccination today. I pray for all first responders, those providing the shots, those receiving them, those who don’t have access to the shots, those who refuse the shots, those who refuse to wear masks, and those sickened by COVID-19. Amen!
Aside from the call to service we are reminded of in the Washing of the feet reading from the Gospel of John on Holy Thursday, we are called to Thanksgiving. As Holy Thursday is a day of remembrance of the Lords Last Supper and institution of the Eucharist, let us be ever Eucharistic(thankful). Amen
I thank the Lord for continuing to heal my niece as she has battled kidney failure this past month. She was born with Spina Bifida and at one point recently was resigned to go home to die at age 38. She is at home, but lives. To me this is a Lazarus story.
For my brother’s Father in law’s safe travels from Colorado to Texas. Although he has traveled this route for years, he has not been heard from since 1000 this am. As I was writing this prayer, my brother texted that his Father in Law made it safely to Texas! Thank you Lord and Popes Prayer N...
When one is healed, like the lame man in today’s Gospel, one senses, as one ponders the Gospel, two emotions(feelings): a feeling of gratitude on the part of the healed man and a feeling of jealousy, envy, and breast thumping on the part of the local magisterium. I pray for humility and gratitude.
I attend and worship in a Jesuit parish. Every year my parish celebrates and prays a nine day Novena of Grace in honor of our Patron Saint St. Francis Xavier, the Father of all missionaries. I prayed and pray for family members, those suffering the effects of COVID-19, and victims of violence.
My niece was born with Spina Bifida almost 38 years ago. Now she is fighting for her life with kidney failure. She is strong in the Lord and a soldier for Christ. May all those born with impediments see Christ as their way to spiritual, physical, and mental freedom only the Lord can provide. Amen.