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Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the Eucharist at the canonization of Frei Galvão in São Paulo, Brazil on 11 May 2007    
(photo credit t Fabio Pozzebom/ABr - Agência Brasil;)


  • A Prayer to Prevent Nuclear War
    Lord God, you created life and beauty in this world.  You then entrusted the human community with caring for, and enhancing, your creation. 
    Strengthen us, we pray, in this challenging time when the power to destroy this creation has grown so dangerously.  Lead us on a road of peace, a road that includes a program of removing all nuclear weapons from our earth.  We cannot hope to meet this challenge without your continuing presence and support.  For this we make our prayerful plea in your name.
    by John T. Pawlikowski, OSM
  •  Profiles in Catholicism

  • Prayer after the Violence First Baptist Church Sutherland Springs, Texas

      God, most merciful and kind,
    bless and keep
    those who found
    no human mercy or kindness,
    as they gathered to worship you,
    our one true source of life.
    In our grieving,
    especially for the lost lives of innocent children,
    make us know
    that human malice must give way
    to your divine justice and mercy.
    From the broken fragments of lost and wounded lives,
    build in us a strong determination
    to eradicate all forms of violence
    and all sources of violence--
    now and forever. Amen
    by Father Louis Cameli Profiles in Catholicism
  • A Prayer for the Victims of Violence and Terrorism.
    We pray daily for the victims of violence and their families everywhere, for those in New York City, Somalia, in all of our cities globally, and that you will welcome those who have passed into your eternal love.,comfort  their families, and help those who have been injured,
    by Sarah Lyon
     . Profiles in Catholicism

  • A Prayer for Those Who Died, Were Injured, and Suffered Loss from the California Wildfires
    Good and gracious God, we come to you in mourning for our brothers and sisters who have suffered and are suffering from the sudden and crushing loss due to the Wildfires in California.  Lord, in your goodness please welcome those who have died into your Heavenly Kingdom.  We ask that you comfort the families and friends of those lost.  In a special way Lord, keep close to you those who return to devastated homes.  In their weakness and vulnerability, we pray that they turn to you for strength and security.  Lord, we pray that their gaze may fall upon you and that they take one step at a time towards recovery with you as their guide.
    by Ryan Brady .
     Profiles in Catholicism

  • A Prayer to End Gun Violence
    Lord Jesus, as you approached the city of Jerusalem,
    Before your passion,
      As you people waved palms in your honor,
      You saw the city and wept over it because you
           Loved it.
      You knew of the violence and chaos you would suffer
       In that beloved city
     still you loved it and wept over it.
    Lord Jesus, look upon our cities, weep over them,
       Love them and protect them.
       Weep over us and strengthen us as we suffer
    Violence and chaos.
    Weep over us and love us.
    Lord Jesus, weep over us and love us.
         (See Lk 19)\
    by Father David O. Brown, O.S.M.  Profiles in Catholicism

  • Prayers for Yummy Sandifer, Dantrell Davis, Ryan Harris, Eric Morse, Derrion Albert, Blair Holt, Jonylah Watkins,
    and the hundreds of other children murdered and whom continue to be murdered in Chicago

    O God, we pray for those who have been murdered on the streets of our city.
    We commit to your loving care those who have died, beseeching you to receive
    their souls into the mercy of your love. Comfort their loved ones who mourn.
    Enable them to meet the lonely and painful days ahead in the strength of your love.
    Let the love that you have made known to us lead us to create safer streets for all to walk upon.


  • A Prayer Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
    Good and gracious God,
    Please guide all of us to be especially aware of the need for respect,
    All of your creatures need your help in whatever they do and are,
    They need You in the morning when the miraculous sun is rising,
    They need You at lunch as we leave our desks to get some sustenance for our work
    And to share our thoughts with others.
    They need You in the evening as they traverse through traffic to return to home
    In the midst of all this Lord, people forget the sacredness of each person they meet,
    We all need to remember each little bump or touch might be offensive to another,
    We need to share our boundaries in word and deed with each other
    We all need to remember each word that we say that gets people upset
    Lord we need your guidance as we travel through the day and evening
    Whether it is in our homes, work or leisure help us to remember the sacredness of every aspect of life. It is through your guidance that we can bring that understanding of not only who we are but who others are in our midst. We need to understand the gifts that the Holy Spirit has given to them and keep our minds and hearts on your goodness, Lord.
    When someone is disrespectful, help us to forgive them Lord and remember your graces of forgiveness and love. If the disrespect has become evil, help us Lord, to report them to the proper authorities that you have provided for us to contact so that they will not be participating in this behavior again.
    Guide us Lord, protect us as we are ‘the apple of your eye’ ‘hide us in the shadow of your wings’.
    Give us a tongue of kindness and compassion
    Give us hands that offer others help
    We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.

    Eileen Quinn Knight. PhD Profiles in Catholicism

  • A Prayer to St. Teresa of Avila for Puerto Rico
    Do not be afraid.
    Do not be alarmed.
    Everything passes.
    God is immutable.
    overcomes anything.
    With God by your side,
    you shall not want.
    His Grace is sufficient.\
    by Carmen Julia Rodriguez   Profiles in Catholicism
  • Prayer for Senator John McCain
    Almighty God from all evils and the scourges of cancer, deliver your servant John McCain, we pray to the Lord. Graciously hear us, O Lord
  • Prayer to Saint Peregrine for Cancer
    O great St. Peregrine, you have been called "The Mighty," "The Wonder-Worker,"
    because of the numerous miracles which you have obtained from God for those who have had recourse to you.
    For so many years you bore in your own flesh this cancerous disease that destroys the very fibre of our being,
    and who had recourse to the source of all grace when the power of man could do no more.
    You were favoured with the vision of Jesus coming down from His Cross to heal your affliction.
    Ask of God and Our Lady, the cure of the sick whom we entrust to you.
    (Pause here and silently recall the names of the sick for whom you are praying)
    Aided in this way by your powerful intercession, we shall sing to God, now and for all eternity,
    a song of gratitude for His great goodness and mercy.
  • Prayer for Migrants
    For all those who see “home” and all it means
    Disappear behind them;
    For all those who cannot see a home
    In the days ahead of them;
    For all those who dwell in
    Daily insecurity;
    For all those who are weary and
    Without a safe place to rest their heads;
    For all families in migration we pray.
    May the image of the Holy Family
    Fleeing oppression stay with us as we enter a New Year,
    And stay with us each night as we are blessed
    With returning to a home.
    May we also be blessed
    With compassion for those
    Still weary, still seeking,
    Still with so far to go.

    by Jane Deren, 2007

  • Prayer for Those with Disabilities
    Giving praise and thanks to you, O God
    In whose image we have all been created,
    We gather in faith and love,
    Where through the power of the Spirit,
    All our bodies,
    disabled and non disabled alike,
    all become one Body in Christ Jesus.
    With tender mercy and love you created life and hope 
    out of darkness and emptiness,
    and then in your wisdom,
    because you understood that human vulnerability
    is the source of communion in the Kingdom,
    you sent your only child to enter into the frailty of human life.
    Your graciousness is a never-ending source of justice and mercy
    best known to us through Jesus, the Christ,
    Who in life, death and resurrection,
    preached hope and inclusion.
    Even when we sin by excluding
    those who society pushes to the margins because they are different,
    you continue to shower us with mercy by inviting us 
    back to the table of embodied love,
    giving us yet another chance to taste and drink of a justice 
    that welcomes the estranged and the stranger as friend
    and bids us, here and now,
    to join you in building the Kingdom.
    [This is the preface from the "Eucharistic Prayer of Inclusion” 
    published in Ministry and Liturgy 25, no. 5


  • Prayer for Inmates and Correction Officers
    Most gracious Father, bless with your special care all jails, penitentiaries and homes of refuge.
    Look with pity on those who are housed there. Guide and protect those who have returned to the world. Grant all of them true contrition for past sins, and strengthen them in their good resolutions.
    Lead them along from grace to grace so that by the help of the Holy Spirit they may persevere in the ways of obedience and humility, and in the struggle against evil thoughts and desires.
    Grant the Holy Spirit to those engaged in teaching and training them, that they might have a right judgment with respect to those entrusted to them. May they labor for love of your with deep humility and singleness of purpose, purity of heart and life, and true zeal for your glory and the salvation of souls.
    Give them faith and love to sustain them in disappointment, love and patience toward those under them, and in your own good time crown their work with an eternal recompense.








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  • The Churchmen
    A commentary
    by Sarah Lyon  Profiles in Catholicism


Parish Challenges



Wow do you even start to tell the story which defines the peak of happiness and the depth of despair for any parent?  His smile, probably the most definable characteristic of Robby.  Everyone always talked about his smile, and they should have because it was his trademark.  Didn’t matter if it was a smile of celebration, or the wry grin he would get when he was either engaging in or finishing mischief.  It was a smile that put everyone at ease, made you feel good no matter what the situation was.

Robby was, well, Robby.  An X-generation daredevil, there was nothing too fast, nothing to challenging for him to try.  All the things that would cause your stomach to twist around itself were the things he thrived upon.  On his bike, skateboard or roller blades, there was never a ramp or jump too big to challenge.  No rollercoaster to high or fast, and unfortunately, no speed limit he didn’t like to test. I don’t know if he enjoyed conquering the obstacle, or the reaction of those of us who witnessed these feats of daring, maybe a bit of both. Robby loved to get a rise out of people, and there was no end to his creativity.  The hairspray driven potato launcher was among his greatest achievements, but it was Halloween where he shined every year as he dressed as Michael Myers and ran the neighborhood with his chain saw, scaring any child or adult that he could sneak up upon.



He was a natural at whatever he tried; athletics, music, motorcycles, horseback riding, didn’t matter, he was as god as he wanted to be in a matter of minutes. Point is, Robby loved life and lived every moment to experience all it had to offer.  Sometimes that meant important things were pushed to the side (school), but to him, there was more that life had to offer than just books.  His presence was infectious and his ability to talk, well, relentless… But it was Robby’s heart that made him special.  Robby cared about people; he was the go too guy when things were tough.  He was the guy that spent time with the “old folks” at the nursing home where they worked (I guess they were happy to have someone to talk to, and he talked as long as they listened).   Even after he joined the Ohio National Guard, not extra push-up or drill sergeants could contain his zest for life which was captured by the tattoo stenciled down his entire side – “Carpe Diem,” seize the day.

Robby was the son any parent would be proud of, and we were.  But, Robby was also an addict, and his zest for living was rivaled by his struggle to beat the grips of addiction. Like many kids, Robby experimented with pot while in high school.  Unfortunately, his personality always drove him to push a little further, and drugs were no different.  After having his wisdom teeth removed, Robby became addicted to prescription pain killers.  That addiction slowly changed him, as the effects of the high’s, lows and withdrawals were manifested in his actions and attitudes.  He was able to kick the habit prior to leaving for boot camp in October of 2010, but when he returned home for Christmas break, he was introduced to the devil – heroin

Robby returned to the army, finished his training, and returned home only to seek out the drug that was now imprinted on his brain.  His behavior rapidly changed, and all the signs were there, and we were finally able to put enough pieces together to uncover his addiction.  We asked, and he happily provided every detail, almost relieved that he would finally have the support of his family to get the help he needed. Robby completed inpatient rehab with flying colors and a resolve to stay clean, but the drug and those who surrounded him were too strong a pull, and he relapsed a couple of months after.  Inpatient rehab seemed to help, but it was clear; this was going to be a long battle. Over the coming months, Robby fought hard, but could never really give up the draw of a good chemically driven buzz.  Chewing tobacco, snuff, energy drinks, poppy tea and any number of “legal” alternatives served as substitutes for the drug his body really craved.

Even at that, it appeared Robby was on the right track.  He was preparing to deploy to Afghanistan, a dream of his, was working, and had even started to talk about moving out.  Things seemed promising, although we were always aware that another relapse was a probability, we hoped against hope that that day would not come. On October 20th, Robby disappeared from work and was not responding to calls or texts.  We searched, in vain, to find him, to be there to help him, to be there to save him, but the efforts were not successful.  On the morning of October 21st, the scene you watch a hundred times, a thousand times, on tv played out for real.  We were informed by Police that our son had been found; his battle was over. Robby did not want to be an addict.  He worked hard to break away from the death-grip of addiction.  He had dreams, vivid dreams of his future which he wrote about in letters.  He planned on talking to schools, educating others on the toll addiction takes on the addict and the family.  He was starting a foundation, “Live Clean,” to deliver that message. Robby may not be here to deliver the message, to tell his story, but his spirit and his dream are very much alive.  Now, through this foundation, his voice will be heard, the silence will be broken, and his mission of service to others will be fulfilled.

Link to Robby's Voice

Rob Brandt of Robby's  Voice, named the 2017 Leadership Award by the FBI. is a faithful member of St. Ambrose Pariah.
Brunswick, OH



  • Call to Action: Tell Congress No Late Abortion

    Dear Friend,

    The House of Representatives recently passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and the measure has been introduced in the Senate as S.1922.
    On October 17, Cardinal Dolan called on the Senate to support and request a vote on this life-saving legislation which will protect pre-born children and their
    mothers from the horrors of late abortion. Please join the effort to urge the Senate to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 1922) which reflects
    what a consensus of Americans believe about abortion.   

    If you have been following this effort to introduce common-sense abortion policy reform to our nation’s laws, then you know there are many reasons why this policy
    should be enacted. It is not only that there is scientific evidence that children feel pain at this age and that the mother’s risk of death or serious complications increases
    after the mid-point of pregnancy. It is also, as Cardinal Dolan noted in his letter to Congress, that the “stories of children born earlier in pregnancy, as early as 20 weeks post-fertilization, are becoming more common.” You can read the full text of that letter here.

    We would like to introduce you to one little boy who proves the Cardinal’s claim. Born at exactly 22 weeks, baby Thomas survived against many odds and is now a
    happy, healthy and beloved toddler. Meet Thomas by watching the video below:
    Many say the likelihood of this legislation passing the Senate is as low as the chances given for Thomas’ survival. The odds didn’t stop Thomas from fighting for life
    and they shouldn’t stop us either. Please contact your senators now. Share Thomas’ story. Encourage everyone you know to respond t this alert. Spread the
    word that Americans like Thomas and you and millions of decent and humane people reject late abortion.

    Thanks for standing with us. Together we will be heard!

    Amy McInerny, Executive Director
    NCHLA: Human Life

  • Whether They Are Young or Old, Hungry or Addicted, Homeless or Friendless...
    Catholic Charities sees the face of God in those in need. By providing food, clothing, shelter and counseling, we bring hope to the hopeless in the city of Chicago and its suburbs.
    With 150 programs at 153 locations throughout Cook and Lake counties, we serve virtually every neighborhood and parish in the Chicagoland area. Through our broad spectrum of services, we annually assist more than 1 million persons in Cook and Lake counties without regard to religious, ethnic or economic background.
    For more than 98 years, Catholic Charities has empowered families and individuals of all races and religious backgrounds to realize their full potential. Our services help people from the point of conception through the last stages of their lives. We keep mothers and their babies well-fed, prepare children in low-income families for school, keep youth in school and out of gangs, counsel and give job training to adults with economic troubles, provide affordable housing for seniors, and organize in-home care services for seniors who need help caring for themselves.

    Only 8 cents of every dollar donated goes toward our administrative expenses; the rest goes directly to help clients. While Catholic Charities raises funds separately from the Archdiocese of Chicago, we serve as the social service arm of the church
  • Pray and Act for the Protection of Life
    by Wayne Smith
  • Clemente
    Clemente is a fee free program supporting societies most disadvantaged adults in reengaging with learning and society so they develop self esteem, learning skills and the possibility of a supported pathway to enter a university degree program. They would never be able to consider this without this opportunity. In Tasmania it is supported by a group of professionals who volunteer their time and professional skills as a community service. In existence for 3 years the first graduates were recently acknowledged. We are extremely proud of them. If you are a person or organisation who values social justice / social inclusion initiatives and who sees supporting such initiatives as value adding to your community profile and providing vital community support then I invite you to visit the following link and to support the program. As a professional or professional organisation you will gain far more from it than you give. The link is ...
    by Dallas Williams
    Honorary Fellow at Australian Catholic University


Feasting with the Saints

Remembering Those Who Have Passed

Please Remember Them in Your Prayers





Inter-religious Dialogue
Pope Francis


Franciscan University Presents: Marriage and Family in Scripture

WITNESS – Ted Penton, SJ Jesuit Scholastic


Little Sisters Of The Poor

The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything with Fr. James Martin



Ursuline Sisters brings love, acceptance, and care to HIV/AIDS patients


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