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That first word — “Remember…” — gives meaning and hope to one of the most popular prayers of the Church, the Memorare. A deacon friend today asked me to whisper one for him. That sparked quite a few remembrances of […]

God our Father, in your wisdom and love you made all things. Bless these men, that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, […]

 Lord and Master of my life,   keep from me the spirit of indifference and discouragement,  lust of power and idle chatter.   Instead, grant to me,   Your servant,   the spirit of wholeness of being, humble-mindedness, patience, and love. O Lord and […]

When was the last time your kids saw you pray? This columnist suggests it doesn’t happen often enough: Years ago, well before I had children of my own, I was giving a talk to the parents’ Sunday school class at […]

A special event tomorrow at the Vatican will shine a spotlight on eucharistic adoration — and reparation for sex abuse. From CNS: The Vatican is hosting two hours of eucharistic adoration “in reparation for abuses committed by priests and for […]

Let us pray [on this day of Ascension as we watch and wait for Jesus’ return] Father in heaven, our minds were prepared for the coming of your kingdom when you took Christ beyond our sight so that we might […]

St. Damien, brother on the journey, Happy and generous missionary, who loved the Gospel more than your life, who for love of Jesus left your family, your homeland, your security, your dreams, Teach us to give our lives with a […]

By happy coincidence, I’m celebrating several baptisms this afternoon. The blessing below is conferred on mothers at the conclusion of the rite: God the Father, through his Son, the Virgin Mary’s child, has brought joy to all Christian mothers, as […]

This beautiful video couldn’t be more timely — or more necessary.

O Glorious St. Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations, to work with gratitude and joy, in a spirit of […]