An Invitation by Cardinals to Pray

The Cardinals in Rome propose that today’s afternoon’s session be dedicated to prayer in Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and they invite the whole Universal Church to join them – wherever we may be – at 5:00pm Rome Time.

The structure of the Cardinals’ prayer will include the recitation of the Glorious Mysteries of the Holy Rosary, Solemn Vespers and the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with a time of Adoration.

Vatican Radio will be video broadcasting live from Saint Peter’s.

EWTN will also be broadcasting live.

Bernini's Baldacchino

When?  5pm Rome Time | 11am EST | 8am PST

Many of us in the States will be working at that hour, but that doesn’t mean we cannot unite our efforts for the sake of the Cardinals’ intentions for the Universal Church. 

What an opportunity to stand together and pray for the coming Conclave!

Commit to pray at that hour in some way. What way will you choose?

Before the Lord, No Room for Pride

As the Church celebrates Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, my thoughts return to ponder the mystery of the true presence of Jesus in the consecrated Bread and Wine on the Altar. There, before us, the Agnus Dei, the Lamb of God that we read about in the Book of Revelation, chapter five. The Lamb slain:

” Then I saw standing in the midst of the throne and the four living creatures and the elders, a Lamb that seemed to have been slain…When he took the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each of the elders held a harp and gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of the holy ones.

They sang a new hymn: “Worthy are you to receive the scroll and to break open its seals, for you were slain and with your blood you purchased for God those from every tribe and tongue, people and nation…”

I looked again and heard the voices of many angels who surrounded the throne and the living creatures and the elders. They were countless in number, and they cried out in a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and blessing.”

Are we not called to give equal reverence to our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament? Does not the Church teach that Jesus is fully present there on the Altar?

There’s something about coming before the Lord, trusting He is truly before us, calling us back to full communion with Himself. And, it has been my experience in these moments, I am led to see, I have no room for boasting, but rather I find my own smallness, my weakness, my inconsistencies reflected in God’s perfection. What grace to pray, ‘Jesus, Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on me.’

Approaching this feast, the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, the words of Saint Paul come to my mind:

”    …about myself I will not boast, except about my weaknesses.

Although if I should wish to boast, I would not be foolish, for I would be telling the truth. But I refrain, so that no one may think more of me than what he sees in me or hears from me because of the abundance of the revelations. Therefore, that I might not become too elated, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, an angel of Satan, to beat me, to keep me from being too elated.

Three times I begged the Lord about this, that it might leave me, but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me.  “

Therefore, let us come before the Lord today, acknowledging our deep need for Him; our deep desire to give Him the praise due to Him; our deep longing for forgiveness and healing that can only come from God; for a deep faith that says, “Jesus, I believe you are truly present here, in the Blessed Sacrament on the Altar.”

Adoration Prayer

My Lord Jesus Christ,
I believe that You are really here in this Sacrament.
Night and day You remain here compassionate and loving.
You call, You wait for, You welcome everyone who comes to visit You.
I thank You, Jesus my Divine Redeemer for coming upon the earth
for our sake and for instituting the Adorable Sacrament
of the Holy Eucharist in order to remain with us until the end of the world.
I thank You for hiding beneath the Eucharistic species
Your infinite majesty and beauty, which Your Angels delight to behold,
so that I might have courage to approach the throne of Your mercy.
I thank You dear Jesus, for having become the priceless Victim,
to merit for me the fullness of heavenly favors.
Awaken in me such confidence in You that their fullness may descend
ever more fruitfully upon my soul.
I thank You for offering Yourself in thanksgiving to God
for all His benefits, spiritual and temporal which He has bestowed on me.
Grant me grace and perseverance in your faithful service. Amen.


Are You a Man or  A Mouse? A Reflection on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, by Msgr. Charles Pope

Whispers in the Loggia: Bread of Angels by Rocco Palma

Beginning to Pray: Christ’s Real Presence and true Christian Life: never static, always dynamic, by Anthony Lilles

Caught in Awe

I have fallen into the hands
of the Living God.

Full of wonder; full of love.

I lay resting
in His gentle embrace.

I am healed
of my wounds and brokenness.

I am in awe at the power before me;
a power deserving of reverent praise.

I have fallen into the hands
of the Living God,
my strength and my all.

Advent Vigil – for all Nascent Human Life – Update

Pope Benedict will hold a prayer vigil for unborn babies on Nov. 27, the evening before the First Sunday of Advent, at St. Peter’s Basilica in conjunction with Vespers for the Start of Advent and he is requesting that parishes, religious communities, associations and movements the world over host vigils in communion with him.

The Pope said:

“The season of preparation for Christmas is an appropriate time for invoking divine protection over every human being called into existence and for thanking God for the gift of life we received from our parents,”

This Vigil for Nascent Human Life, which has pro-life leaders rejoicing, will be held after Vespers for the Start of Advent. EWTN will televise both celebrations beginning at 11 a.m. ET, Sat., Nov. 27.

The Pope said he will pray for the unborn and their parents, for an end to abortion and research that destroys embryos, for recognition of the dignity of every human life, for the overturning of laws that permit the destruction of innocent lives, and for the healing of those who have acted against innocent human life.

He asks that all diocesan bishops (and their equivalent) preside over similar celebrations involving Catholics in every state of life around the world. (Read in full at EWTN)

Advent begins this Saturday night…candles in churches and homes will be lit…and prayers will be prayed. But this Advent will be different in its introductory tone in many Churches around the world who have pledged to pray in union with the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI for “All Nascent Human Life”. The Pope has made an unprecedented request to all Bishops around the world to reserve first vespers on November 27th for the specific intention of all life on the verge of coming into existence. The Unborn.

The timing for these prayers for children not-yet born, sets the tone for our anticipation of the Christ-child anew. It is also a reminder to us that our Lord, too, began His earthly life in a precarious state of complete dependence upon a woman for all nourishment while being carried for nine months in Mary’s womb. Advent turns our gaze to the anticipation of His coming, and preparation of the great feast of Christmas, and yet, it is the anticipation with the Christ child for the birth of every child.

Are we ready to welcome him? Let us prepare our hearts for the Lord, in our prayers for every child in waiting to be born.

__What Others are Saying __

Prayer materials have been developed by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and the Pontifical Council for the Family, and are available on the USCCB Pro-Life site.

You may also feel a desire to write a note of support of this project to the Pope at the Yes! for Benedict website.

Thanksgiving with the Holy Father By Mary McClusky

Life News: Pope’s Vigil for Nascent Human Life “Could not be more Important

National Catholic Register

Catholic News Agency: Spanish Bishops Encourage Participation

Zenit: Holy Father Urges Participation in Pro-Life Vigil

Fr. Z explains the word nascent very well.

Lisa Graas: Pope Benedict to Celebrate “Vigil for All Nascent Human Life”


Prayer of Pope John Paul II

O Mary, bright dawn of the new world,

Mother of the living,

to you do we entrust the cause of life

Look down, O Mother,

upon the vast numbers

of babies not allowed to be born,

of the poor whose lives are made difficult,

of men and women

who are victims of brutal violence,

of the elderly and the sick killed

by indifference or out of misguided mercy.

Grant that all who believe in your Son

may proclaim the Gospel of life

with honesty and love

to the people of our time.

Obtain for them the grace

to accept that Gospel

as a gift ever new,

the joy of celebrating it with gratitude

throughout their lives

and the courage to bear witness to it

resolutely, in order to build,

together with all people of good will,

the civilization of truth and love,

to the praise and glory of God,

the Creator and lover of life.

– Evangelium Vitae, 105