Category Archives: Prayer

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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@KilledByCops: A Twitter Devotional

According to the FBI, local police kill Black people at least two times a week, on average. But other estimates put that number to around once per day. — killedbycops.org @KilledByCops There is a custom followed by many Catholics that … Continue reading

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Debts or Trespasses? And Other Riffs on the Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive those … Continue reading

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“Shine Through Us”

A lovely prayer that Mother Teresa encouraged the Sisters of Charity to pray: Dear Jesus, help us to spread your fragrance everywhere we go. Flood our souls with your spirit and life. Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly … Continue reading

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