Category Archives: Prayer

Litany in a Time of War

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on us. Lord Jesus, you were conceived by … Continue reading

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Held: Blessings for the Depths (…including one from me!)

An amazing book is coming out soon, and I’m honored and thrilled to be a contributor! When I first read the call for submissions from enfleshed for a new book called “Held: Blessings for the Depths”, I knew immediately that … Continue reading

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Mary as Viewpoint Character

Catholic devotion to Mary is often disturbing, if not actually scandalous, to most non-Catholic Christians in the West. Having grown up during the first decade after Vatican 2, when liturgy, calendar, and religious education were re-emphasizing the fundamentals that we … Continue reading

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At the hour of our death

“At the hour of our death.” For Catholics, those words are instantly recognizable as the end of the Hail Mary. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, amen. Although we … Continue reading

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We Are All in the Garden

On Holy Thursday, after the procession, after we sing the Tantum Ergo, gathered around the altar of repose, I usually meditate on being in the garden with Jesus, keeping watch and praying as his friends didn’t, because they couldn’t stay … Continue reading

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Create in me a clean heart, O God

About 20 years ago, the music director of my parish announced that he would be resigning at the end of0 the current choir season, 8 months later. Not only was he the best music director I’d ever worked with, whose … Continue reading

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Phrases and Shapes in Two Languages: Hail Mary, Ave Maria

The other night, I got to praying/playing around with the Hail Mary in both English and Latin, and found some interesting differences in shape. Here’s the traditional text, as every English-speaking Catholic child learns it: Hail Mary, full of grace, … Continue reading

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Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy

In honor of today’s feast of the Immaculate Conception, which opens the Jubilee Year of Mercy, I thought I would do a close read of this traditional Catholic prayer, also known as the Salve Regina. If you only know the … Continue reading

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Pope-pourri

I haven’t been following all the Pope coverage, but there were a few things from today’s Pope news that I thought I’d comment on. Note that I’m mostly watching this on Twitter. Interfaith Blessings I was delighted that Wednesday’s speech … Continue reading

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Easter Week

Happy Easter! It’s Easter Week, or the Octave (eight days) of Easter, or Bright Week — so called because in the early church, those who had been baptized at the Easter Vigil and clothed in white garments would continue to … Continue reading

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