Prayer for our Priests is a ministry of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. The Catholic Sentinel shares the joy of this devotion with all Oregon Catholics. A day each month is set aside to pray for the names of priests serving in the Archdiocese of Portland. Please remember them and all priests, deacons and religious in your daily prayers. O, Jesus I pray for Your faithful and fervent priests, especially (name here). Keep them all close to Your heart and bless them abundantly in time and eternity. Amen.
More than 40 young adults, age 19 to 35, both singled and married, gathered last month for the annual archdiocesan young adult weekend retreat. The retreat’s theme was “Living the Works of Mercy,” based on the Jubilee Year of Mercy. The group studied “What To Do When Jesus Is Hungry,” by Father Andrew Apostoli.
If you are like me, over the past few weeks — perhaps since Thanksgiving — you have overindulged in the special foods and treats of the season. This can lead to a few extra pounds and clothes that are a bit tighter around the middle. This in turn leads to resolutions for the New Year. “I will get back to the gym.” “I will go on a diet.” “I will cut back on my drinking.” “I will quit smoking.” “I will walk every day.”
Hail Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope!
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
These familiar words which begin the traditional prayer, the Salve Regina, take on special meaning for us during this Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis. In fact, our Holy Father has asked that we pray this prayer regularly during this year of grace. Our Lady is truly the “Mother of Mercy” (Mater misericordiae) because she is the Mother of the Incarnate Word, Jesus Christ our Lord. Jesus has come to reveal the Father’s mercy, and the Blessed Virgin Mary brings him into the world, first by her “yes” to the angel’s message, and then in the manger at Bethlehem.
“Praise the Lord, for he is good; for his mercy endures forever.” This line from Psalm 136 is a strong and beautiful reminder of the essential message that God wishes to communicate to all human beings, those created in his own image and likeness. It is the message of mercy. One might say that the heart of God is a heart of mercy. In fact, that is why the Father sent the Son into the world – to show us his mercy.
Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 The Baptism of the Lord Everyone needs affirmation in life. When I was a young woman and decided to work in the Church, I waited anxiously for my parents to tell me that I had made the right decision. Their support saw me through those first years and affirmed my initial decision. I had no idea at the time that my choice was linked to my own faith and not simply my parents’ faith in me.
Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015 Fourth Sunday of Advent Where does Marian devotion arise? What fuels it? What sustains it? The intellectual answer might well be articulated from the works of the early Church or the writings of the Church Councils. To take that approach would be somewhat like saying Marian devotion begins in the muscles in our heads. I believe that it is more than an intellectual devotion. Like a smile, I think it begins in the heart – in the core of what makes us the persons we are.
Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015 Second Sunday of Advent When I reflect on some of the reasons I like being Catholic, I almost always begin with the simple fact that Catholicism makes sense to me. All the direction I need to live a good life is available to me in the Scripture, our magisterium, and in the example of others. Advent is part of the “sensible Church.” The liturgies of Advent and Pope Francis’ proclamation of a Jubilee Year of Mercy give me a map that leads to the Kingdom.