USCCB President Calls for National Moment of Prayer on Good Friday

WASHINGTON – Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has invited the faithful to join him in a moment of prayer on Good Friday (April 10) to pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart.. . . Praying together as a nation, the archbishop asks that we seek healing for all who are unwell, wisdom for those whose work is halting the spread of coronavirus, and strength for all God’s children.

Reflections from Msgr. Lavalley for Palm Sunday

Reflections from my good friend Msgr. Lavalley on Palm Sunday. He distinguishes between being able to receive the sacraments and choosing not to, an act of indifference and maybe sin, from the desire to receive the sacraments and not being able to, an act of love.

Reflections from Msgr. Lavalley – The fourth word from the Cross

Reflections on the fourth word from the Cross from Jesus from my good friend Msgr. Richard Lavalley. This reflection is well worth listening to today.

Prayer for an end to the Coronavirus Pandemic – For Students

Today we pray for those students whose academic progress has been interrupted by the Coronavirus. We pray that this time may become a time to appreciate the gift of knowledge.

Friarly: Violence stops at the Cross: April 4, 2020

The Gospel exposes the scapegoating both of Christ and of so many people in our world today. Fr. Mark Wedig, O.P. points us to Christ. Christ who becomes the despised through the agony of His Passion and he is united with all those who society victimizes and abuses through violence and hatred. But it is there that violence stops. Violence stops at the Cross.

And more than stopping, the nonviolence of the Cross, Christ’s willing suffering, reverses the savagery and hatred of groups and transforms it and us in  an all together supernatural manner. Violence stops at the Cross and with Christ Crucified.

Today’s Prayer: April 4, 2020

God is not always practical. His plans are not always pragmatic. Sometimes, perhaps often, God’s plans are incredible, that is, difficult to believe. We are called to love enemies and persecutors. We are called to help the poor, the refugee, the migrant. It is in giving that we receive.

Friarly: Vessels of His Living Word: April 3, 2020

Christ asks us not merely to trust and believe in his words, but to trust in what he has done for us and what he continues to do in us in our lives today. It can be hard for us to believe mere words, even if the words are those of Christ himself and the words of the Church. But in these moments of difficulty we are called to believe because Christ has come into our lives like a great wind. He has healed us, freed us, and redeemed us. And we, through Christ’s saving action, has transformed us into vessels of His Living Word.

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