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A Church Synod

I am hoping that the Synodal Pathway will provide the Church with an opportunity to put in place processes that would see the Church becoming a better version of itself. I strongly believe that the credibility of the process will determine the acceptability of the results. We are all aware of political

Sweet Heart of Mary

My dearest Mother Mary,
behold me, your child, in prayer at your feet.
Accept this Holy Rosary, which I offer you
in accordance with your requests at Fatima,
as a proof of my tender love for you,
for the intentions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
in atonement for the offenses committed
against your Immaculate Heart,
and for this special favor
which I earnestly request in my Rosary Novena:

I beg you to present my petition to your Divine Son.
If you will pray for me, I cannot be refused.

Your Faithful Servant

My God, through Mother Marie-Rose's daring faith
direct our lives on the road which leads to You
and grant us the favor we solicit from You.

God our Father, we ask You to manifest
the holiness of Your faithful servant,
Mother Marie-Rose by extraordinary signs
so that the Church may proclaim her a saint
and call upon her as a public witness
to Christian life based on the Gospels.

Remember her heroic virtues as the foundress
of our Congregation, her zeal for Christian education,
her love for Jesus and Mary.

Loving as Jesus Loves

I met a Filipino couple in Chicago, and they have two children. Both of the parents both work as nurses. In my few years there, they would invite me to go out with the whole family. The eldest, a daughter, was finishing high school. In one conversation where I was present, the daughter was

Prayer to St. Faustina

O Jesus, who filled Your handmaid Sister Faustina
with profound veneration for Your boundless Mercy,
design, if it be Your holy will,
to grant me, through her intercession
the grace for which I fervently pray.

My sins render me unworthy of Your mercy,
but be mindful of Saint Faustina's spirit
of sacrifice and self-denial,
and reward her virtue by granting the petition which,
with childlike confidence,
I present to You through her intercession.

Saint Faustina, pray for us.

Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Let everyone be struck with fear,
the whole world tremble,
and the heavens exult
when Christ, the Son of the living God,
is present on the alter in the hands of a priest!
O wonderful loftiness
and stupendous dignity!
O sublime humility!
The Lord of the universe,
God and the Son of God,
so humbles Himself
that He hides Himself
for our salvation
under an ordinary piece of bread!

The Kavardo Cross

In early 2019, a group of young Muslim men discovered a large, monumental carved marble cross on the mountain side above their village in the Kavardo Valley in Skardu in the far northern part of Pakistan. The cross was upside down and almost completely buried in the dry stony soil of the

Prayer for Myanmar

Almighty God, Grant peace to the nation of Myanmar,
and to every heart made fearful by conflict and tension.
Give wisdom and compassion to leaders
that they may listen patiently, seek justice
and care for the poor of every race and religion.
Sustain Your Church with strength to proclaim Your good news,
and to speak love and hope into pain and division.
We ask these things in the name of Your Son,
Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.

Amen.

My Dear Guardian Angel

Bless the Lord, all you His Angels!
You who are mighty in strength and do His Will,
intercede for me at the throne of God.
By your unceasing watchfulness,
protect me in every danger of soul and body.
Obtain for me the grace of final perseverance,
so that after this life,
I may be admitted to your glorious company
and sing with you the praises of God for all eternity.
All you holy Angels and Archangels,
Thrones and Dominations,
Principalities and Powers
and Virtues of Heaven, Cherubim and Seraphim,

Respect for Others

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Asian hate

As Columban missionaries, we have lived in other countries where we have worked closely with people from Asia, South America and Oceania. We have learned not only to value their rich cultures but to form deep friendships based on mutual respect. Nothing makes us more upset and angrier