Posts Tagged ‘Prayer’

Charles Manson victim’s sister prays for his soul Comments 0

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Debra Tate, whose sister was a Charles Manson murder cult victim, says she cried and said a prayer for his soul when she learned of his death. Sharon Tate was 8½ months pregnant when “Manson Family” commune members murdered her, her unborn baby and three of her friends. In the nearly 50 years since Sharon Read more

Depends on meaning Comments 0

Monday, November 20th, 2017

When we were young, no one in our house was allowed to swear. Except Dad, of course. But his oaths were limited to “Damn” and “Hell.” We thought these words very daring and wondered if they were okay with God. On the other hand, Dad could yell at us, “I’ll thrash ye tae an inch Read more

A challenge at election time: Pope says pray for all leaders Comments 0

Thursday, September 21st, 2017
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Pope Francis recently asked his congregation for a favour. Make an examination of conscience and ask yourself if you pray for your leaders. Not just the ones you like, but all leaders. “And if you find in your examination of conscience that you have not prayed for your leaders, bring it to confession. Because not Read more

Christchurch Airport opens multi-faith prayer room Comments 0

Monday, July 31st, 2017

The new Christchurch Airport prayer room is located on the ground floor next to the domestic baggage area collection point, between international arrivals and the check in hall. The dedication ceremony was attended by representative leaders of the Catholic, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist communities attended and individually blessed the room. Continue reading Related Posts:Exorcisms on the Read more

Why Catholics make the sign of the cross Comments 0

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

The sign of the cross is a gesture that has ancient and biblical roots. While it may appear that some Catholics make it superstitiously, it was never intended to be done in such a way. According to writings that date back to the 3rd century, Christians have been making the sign of the cross over Read more

In the image of God Comments 1

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

There is a saying, “Pray as you can, not as you can’t,” and I’m one of those people who can’t pray some of the words in the changed liturgy. The problem is not ‘consubstantiation’ and a sprinkling of clumsy English, but a couple of statements that have no meaning for me. For example, I can’t Read more

Find Mass boring? Good! Comments 0

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Praying through the tedium at Mass can be a more authentic way of sharing the divine life. As citizens of late modern life, we seek to avoid boredom. We alleviate the stillness of a quiet moment by turning to our smartphones. We delight in the arrival of new emails, fresh stories and notifications from social Read more

Using digital devices for reflection during Lent Comments 0

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

The season of Lent is upon us. This is a holy season for Christians who seek to identify with Jesus Christ’s 40 days of fasting as he prepared to be tested and later crucified. In order to identify with Christ’s self-sacrifice, Christians often join in a symbolic fast, giving up certain foods such as meat Read more

Lectio Divina Comments 0

Monday, February 27th, 2017

This traditional way of praying scripture has become popular in a number of Christian churches. I think it began in monasteries, where monks sat at their evening meal, listening to the reading of the day. When a verse or phrase had meaning for a monk, he would leave the table and take the words to Read more

Child soldiers – Pope calls them a “scandal” Comments 0

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Child soldiers are what Pope Francis calls a “scandal”. “We must do everything possible so that the dignity of children may be respected, and end this form of slavery,” he says. “Whoever you are, if you are moved as I am, I ask you to join me in this prayer intention: that the scandal of Read more