Posts Tagged ‘Prayer’

It may be easy to parrot prayer “blah, blah, blah, but… Francis says

Thursday, May 13th, 2021

Holding a general audience with visitors and pilgrims present for the first time in more than six months, Pope Francis talked of the power of prayer. Prayer, he told the crowd, is not always “a walk in the park.” While it may be easy to “parrot” prayer, “blah, blah, blah,” he said, real prayer requires Read more

Prayer does work from 150m away but must be seen

Thursday, May 6th, 2021
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Controversy continued Wednesday, at the Health Committee’s hearing into The Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion (Safe Areas) Amendment Bill. Prayer, intimidation and breaching the Bill of Rights were all topics considered by the Committee. Addressing the issue of intimidation, Pro-life organisation, Right to Life provided evidence to the Committee that there had been no complaints of Read more

Nine reasons to pray

Thursday, February 18th, 2021
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Why pray? Let me suggest the first reason: God wants to be in a relationship with you. How can you know this? Because you want to pray. And how do I know that? Because you’re reading this. That may sound sarcastic, but it’s not. There’s a serious point here: your desire for prayer reveals something Read more

Dear parishes and priests: I want to pray with you, not watch you pray

Monday, August 17th, 2020
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When public Masses were no longer allowed, my family and I watched the livestream Mass for a few Sundays. We tried very hard to continue our weekly ritual of prayer and worship. Like many families, we created a small home altar. We lit a candle. We set out a statue of Mary. We stood. We Read more

Australians turned to prayer during lockdown

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Australians have turned to prayer during the coronavirus pandemic, with many wanting to spend more time growing their faith once restrictions are lifted, according to a new study. McCrindle Research said that about a third of Australians increased their prayer and other spiritual activities during the March and April lockdown, with 26 per cent wanting Read more

Live plays rarely make for successful TV viewing.

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

The Catholic Church was unprepared for COVID-19. Nothing particularly new there, countries have been caught unprepared; the transmission speed of this COVID-19 virus around the world has been unstoppable. The Decree released by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments from Rome on 25th March 2020, was unusually brief and not Read more

At morning Mass, Pope offers prayers for unemployed

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

As countries continue to reel from the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis offered prayers for the men and women who have been unable to work. “In these days, many people have lost their jobs, were not rehired or work off the books. Let us pray for these brothers and sisters of ours Read more

Reimagining the Eucharist

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
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“All Masses Cancelled.” That sign went up today outside my local church. Who could have imagined it just a couple of weeks ago? Most Catholics recognise it’s a sensible decision: large gatherings are just what we do not want at the moment. The loving thing right now is to keep our distance, lest we transmit Read more

In Reverse: Prayer in a time of isolation

Monday, March 30th, 2020

New Zealand is in “Lock Down”. Life as we have known it is completely changed as the nation, along with the rest of the world, wages war against an invisible but deadly enemy, Coronavirus, or COVID-19. You may have already been “self-isolating”; the “Lock Down” extends that directive to nearly everyone. Only essential services remain Read more

Day One – the water of life

Saturday, March 28th, 2020

Setting: Make a prayer space in your room.  Whatever else you place there, put a crucifix, a bowl of water and a lit candle.  Begin your prayer with the Sign of the Cross, then – Give thanks for this new day: God of life and light, I thank you for another new beginning. For the Read more