All Souls Day

Today is All Souls Day, a holy day set aside for honouring and remembering departed loved ones. Parishioners have an opportunity to write the names of relatives in a Book of the Dead, and the names therein are read out from the Altar. Many people use the day to meaningfully express their sorrow over the loss of a loved one.…

For This World in Suffering

For This World in Suffering: O God, the Father of all look down in pity on those who suffer, and heal the anguish of the world; release from the prison-house all held in the bondage of fear and set free such as are bound by the fetters of disease, whether of soul or body. Do…

James Foley Prayed the Rosary in Captivity

The Catholic World Report: The news broke late yesterday that Islamic State jihadists executed freelance journalist James Foley and posted a video of his beheading. Foley, 40, had been missing for two years while covering the conflict in Syria. I am not going to link to the video or include screen shots from it, but…

Praying for Peace, Prepared for War

In light of the collapsed truce in Gaza, and Hamas’ kidnapping of an IDF soldier, Rabbi Eckstein recalls Psalm 120 when he looks at the reality of an enemy committed to war, even while Israel longs and prays for peace: While the collapse of yet another ceasefire agreement is a bitter blow to war-weary Israel,…

Prayers Please

In your charity I beg your prayers for dear little SG, who has been diagnosed with a very serious illness. Heavenly Father, watch with us over your child N., and grant that she may be restored to that perfect health which it is yours alone to give; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.