Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Simple Life of Faith

First Day - Deuteronomy 10:12-15

Second Day - Psalm 34:11-14

Third Day - Ecclesiastes 12:11-14

Fourth Day - Micah 6:6-8

Fifth Day - Matthew 7:12-14

Sixth Day - Matthew 22:34-40

Seventh Day - John 14:1-6

Eighth Day - 1 John 4:13-16

Ninth Day - James 1:17-27

Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths,
where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.  (Jeremiah 6:16)

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Trinity Sunday!

"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 of faith, the light that enlightens them."  (Catechism of the Catholic Church 234)

First Day  - Matthew 28:16-20

Second Day - Mark 1:9-11

Third Day - Mark 12:35-37

Fourth Day - John 14:15-24

Fifth Day - John 15:18-27

Sixth Day - John 16:12-15

Seventh Day - 1 Corinthians 12:1-6

Eighth Day - Ephesians 2:11-22

Ninth Day - Ephesians 4:1-6

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2 Corinthians 13:14)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

For Divine Mercy Sunday, a Novena of Passages on God's Mercy

Though we are sinners, God still loves us and seeks us out.

First Day - Psalm 51

Second Day - Psalm 130

Third Day - Matthew 6:7-15

Fourth Day - Matthew 9:9-13

Fifth Day - Matthew 18:23-35

Sixth Day - Luke 15:1-10

Seventh Day - Luke 15:11-32

Eighth Day - John 8:2-11

Ninth Day - Romans 5:1-11

"The Son of man came to seek and to save the lost." (Luke 19:10)

In addition, the Bible has its own prayers of asking God for His mercy, known as the penitential psalms.  Including Psalms 51 and 130 above, they are Psalms 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, and 143.  These psalms convey an intense spirit of repentance.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

For Easter, a Novena of Passages on the Resurrection

First Day - Matthew 28:1-10

Second Day - John 20:1-18

Third Day - Luke 24:13-49

Fourth Day - Mark 16:9-18

Fifth Day - John 20:19-29

Sixth Day - Acts 2:22-32

Seventh Day - Romans 6:1-11

Eighth Day - 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Ninth Day - 1 Corinthians 15:12-28

"I am the Resurrection and the Life."  (John 11:25)

Friday, April 18, 2014

For Good Friday, a Novena of Passages on Christ Crucified

First Day - John 3:13-17

Second Day - John 12:27-36

Third Day - Mark 15:1-15

Fourth Day - Matthew 27:32-47

Fifth Day - Luke 23:32-43

Sixth Day - John 19:25-37

Seventh Day - 1 Corinthians 1:18-31, 2:1-5

Eighth Day - Galatians 3:1-14

Ninth Day - Phillipians 2:1-11

"When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you will know that I am he." (John 8:28)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

A Novena of Meditations on the Father's Love -OR- on Fatherhood

But while he was yet at a distance, his father
saw him and had compassion (Luke 15:20).
There is some overlap here with other collections of passages, like with those on God's Love and on Being Children of God, but I wanted to present passages with this post which specifically illustrate the solicitude which God the Father directs toward us - his children in Christ Jesus - as a loving Father.

First Day - Matthew 5:43-48

Second Day - Mark 9:9-11

Third Day - Luke 11:5-13

Fourth Day - Luke 15:11-32

Fifth Day - John 12:20-26

Sixth Day - John 14:18-24

Seventh Day - John 16:20-28

Eighth Day - 2 Corinthians 1:3-7

Ninth Day - Hebrews 12:1-11

Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you.  (1 Peter 5:7)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Peace and Justice Updates, February-March 2014


February - March 2014

Referendum for Unification with Russia, Ukraine - The Crimean people will vote on a referendum widely expected to transfer control of the Black Sea region (Crimea) from Ukraine to Moscow, despite an outcry and threat of sanctions from the West. The vote, dismissed by Kiev and Western governments as illegal, has triggered the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War and marks a new peak in turmoil in Ukraine. It follows events in November when the now ousted President Viktor Yanukovych walked out on a trade deal with the European Union sparking violent protests in Kiev. More than 2000 polling stations and two million ballot cards have been hastily printed since the referendum was announced more than two weeks ago.


Pope Francis' Letter to Families, Vatican - Pope Francis issued a letter to families on February 25 in which he asks for prayers for the upcoming Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which is being convened to discuss the theme of “pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelization”. In the letter, he asked for the prayers of families with the intention "that the Spirit may illumine the Synodal Fathers and guide them in their important task." He also notes that the Extraordinary Synod on the family will be followed a year later by an Ordinary Assembly with the same theme, as well as by the World Meeting of Families to take place in Philadelphia in 2015.


UNAIDS-Caritas Internacionalis, Rome - The United Nations, the Catholic Church and other faith-based organizations pledged to work more closely together to try and bring an end to the global AIDS epidemic at an international conference in Rome February 25-26. UNAIDS and other agencies leading the fight against the disease recognized that Churches provide up to 50% of all HIV-AIDS community care in some countries. Participants at the two-day meeting also noted that faith-based groups offer a unique combination of access to life saving drugs and care for the dignity of the individual, which other medical or scientific partners cannot provide.


Starvation and Refugee needs in Central Africa - A massive food shortage continues to worsen as refugees displaced by violence in the South Sudan and the Central African Republic arrive in regions of Central and East Africa, e.g., Chad, Cameroun, and Ethiopia, where the needs of the refugees far surpass the availability of aid and resources. UN bodies such as the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the World Food Program (WFP) struggle to provide for the needs of the refugees. The UNHCR has received only 9% of the $112 million it is asking for in 2014 while the WFP is airlifting tons of rice and cereal as many of the roads remain impassible and will become even more so as the rainy season approaches.