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A Pilgrim Journey with Pope Francis – Praying in silence

150922163524_papa_virgen_caridad_del_cobre_624x351_afp_nocreditPope Francis made a visit to Basílica Santuario Nacional de Nuestra Señora de la Caridad del Cobre (National Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Charity). This is the home of the Patroness of Cuba, Our Lady of Charity.

Watching the scene unfold on television was both uncomfortable and joyful. I happened upon it by accident, simply turning to the TWC Papal Channel 199. There was Pope Francis, the camera zoomed in tightly to the back of his head as he sat in a chair before the statue of Our Lady of Charity. That was Continue reading

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A Pilgrim Journey with Pope Francis – Becoming great

Pope Francis Havana HomilyIn the Gospel from Mark on Sunday, we heard the disciples arguing amongst themselves about who was the greatest. Jesus asked them what they were talking about and when he heard, he was very clear in responding to them:

“If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”

Today in Havana, with the image of communist revolutionary Che Guevara looking over the same square, Pope Francis reinforced that same point during his homily.

Perhaps as we enter this week of prayers and pilgrimage with Pope Francis, we can ask God to help us find ways to serve others, to not seek greatness, and to become more humble servants of God. What ways can we explore changing our own lives in order to become “men and women for others.

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The loving father – by Madeline Longacker

MGK5000A“Ask and you shall receive, seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you…As bad as you are, you know how to give good things to your children. How much more, then will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him.” Mt 7:7-11

I was trying to imagine how I would react to this scripture if I heard these words from Jesus spoken to me for the first time. I think I would be grateful and relieved that I had a loving Father who wanted to be in a close relationship with me. I would be amazed that He wanted me to ask, seek and knock with all my needs and to persevere in the requests. I would also have been encouraged by the reminder that God is good and is always giving good gifts to His family.

I had received a holy picture card when I was in school that had this scripture on it. The words were so exciting because I could ask God for anything. The scripture remains powerful today because a relationship with the Father has grown through a very simple, childlike conversation with Him. He already knows all my needs, but He desires my expression of them. Turning to Him shows my love and trust in Him.

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Lenten Reflections – February 21, 2013 by Charles Burre

Meditation on the readings for February 21, 2013
Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25; Psalms 138:1-3, 7-8; Matthew 7:7-12


readings focus on prayer. Queen Esther pleads with God for help in confronting a conspiracy against her people. The psalmist overflows with gratitude because “On the day I cried out, you answered.” Jesus promises that our heavenly Father loves us infinitely more than any earthly father could and will fulfill our every need.


do we pray and what do we expect? Do we present God with a shopping list and expect that all items will be delivered or, at least, we will get a few of the important ones? Do we raise the same request over and over and think “God why don’t you hear me?” The image of the door being opened to the one who Knock_pennyknocks reminds me of the TV character, Sheldon Cooper of The Big Bang Theory. Sheldon is portrayed as an immature, obsessive-compulsive person so impatient that, when he knocks on a door, he waits less that a fraction of a second and then knocks again, and again, and again frantically calling out the person’s name whom he expects to answer. This is certainly not how God wants us to approach his door.


readings on Tuesday of this week also pertained to prayer. The reflection by Kristin Armstrong in daily devotional Living Faith beautifully describe how when we open our hearts in prayer, God opens the door. She writes:


we talk things over with him in prayer, the Holy Spirit enlightens us in the conversation. As our layers peel back, our vulnerability is exposed. The light of the divine filters in, and we begin to see that perhaps we are asking for the wrong things. Gently, through relationship, God aligns our hearts with his purposes, and our prayers become echoes in the hallways of heaven.”


captures so well my own experience in prayer. In those times in which I have been in greatest anguish over some problem, I have come before the Lord in prayer knowing that he is aware of my distress. I don’t propose my solutions to the problem or ask God to grant my wishes. Rather, I just allow God to guide my thoughts and give me confidence in the steps that I must take to resolve the problem. Sometimes it just involves the “serenity to know the things I cannot change.”


believe that God takes his time at answering the knock at the door so that we can think over what we really want to ask of the Master when we come into his presence.


person sharing this reflection is a member of the Hosanna Prayer Group, which meets each Thursday at a few minutes after 7:30 PM in one of the classrooms, here at St. Edward the Confessor.

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Thy will, not my will – Lenten Reflection

blahblahblah2In today’s Gospel

Jesus said to his disciples: “In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

Well, that is pretty clear, isn’t it? Sometimes I begin to pray and do I ever ramble.

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