Pope Francis’ July Prayer Intention

Richard SontagPope Francis

In July, Pope Francis asks us to pray for those who have strayed from the faith. Watch the video below. Full text can be found below the video. “Let us never forget that our joy is Jesus Christ — his faithful and inexhaustible love. When a Christian becomes sad, it means that he has distanced himself from Jesus. But then … Read More

Pope Francis’ June Prayer Intentions

Andrea JoinesPope Francis

Pope Francis calls for an end to the arms trade in his June prayer intentions. Full text follows the video below. “It is an absurd contradiction to speak of peace, to negotiate peace, and at the same time, promote or permit the arms trade. Is this war or that war really a war to solve problems or is it a … Read More

Pope Francis November Prayer Intention

Richard SontagUncategorized

Join Pope Francis during this month of November as he asks us to join him in praying for the countries receiving refugees. We have seen images and video of the conditions many refugees are faced with everyday. Let us join together in prayer.

Pope Francis’ August Prayer Intention

Richard SontagChurch News, Pope Francis

August

Pope Francis’ August Prayer Intention: Peace through the Fraternity of Sports How fitting is it that Pope Francis would invite us to pray for peace through the unity of sports during these 2016 Olympics in Rio. Join Pope Francis and pray for the connections and unity among athletes as a way of fostering peace around the world. See Pope Francis’ … Read More

Pope’s July Prayer Intention

Richard SontagChurch News, New Evangelization, Pope Francis

Each month since January, Pope Francis has invited us to join him in prayer for a special intention on his heart. This month, he has asked us to join him in praying for the Indigenous people in our world. Learn more about the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer – http://apostleshipofprayer.org/).

A Pilgrimage of a Lifetime

Richard SontagChurch News, New Evangelization, Pope Francis

(Catholic News Agency) Thousands of poor and excluded men and women from across Europe will be given a once in a lifetime opportunity this November: a chance to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy in Rome with Pope Francis. Around 6,000 people will be sponsored for the Nov. 11-13 pilgrimage to Rome. “This time of pilgrimage and opportunity to meet … Read More

Why we need the Holy Spirit

Richard SontagSpiritual Reflections, Uncategorized

(Aleteia) What is the most unlikely gift you have received? I have a friend who received a set of salt and pepper shakers in the shape of a maid and a butler. When you used them, they played the classic Elvis Presley song, “Love Me Tender.” I’m thinking of uncalled-for gifts because on Sunday we at least acknowledged, if not … Read More

Pope Francis’ New Video

Richard SontagNew Evangelization, Pope Francis, Spiritual Reflections

Since January, Pope Francis has been inviting us to pray with him for his special intentions. With the help of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, he has been introducing his intentions through videos. His video for May asks for the prayers and respect for all women. During this month of Mary, it seems very fitting that we should pray for … Read More

May, the Month of Mary

Richard SontagMarian Shrines of Europe, Spiritual Reflections

May, is the month of Mary. Let us take a look at what some of our Popes and Church leaders have shared about our Blessed Mother Mary. “May she who experienced the cares and hardships of earthly life, the weariness of daily toil, the hardships and trials of poverty, and the sorrows of Calvary, come to aid the needs of … Read More

10 Powerful Weapons

Richard SontagSpiritual Reflections

( Aleteia )We Christians face a spiritual battle each day. The Word of God teaches us that our life on earth is a constant struggle against the Evil One, and it reminds us that we have decided to follow Christ and to be always ready to face the Devil’s blows. To make this Lent a time of authentic conversion, with … Read More

Sister Maria Restituta, Martyr

Richard SontagWorld Youth Day

With many pilgrims traveling for World Youth Day in Krakow, Germany, read how one woman, martyr stood up for her belief against Nazi Germany. ( Aleteia )Sister Maria Restituta began Lent of 1942 under arrest. She was taken on Ash Wednesday. Her crime: “hanging crucifixes.” She was sentenced to death. The following year, on Tuesday of Holy Week, she was … Read More

A Spring Cleaning

Richard SontagSpiritual Reflections

( Busted Halo ) A long winter is fading into the calendar. Sunlight seems more content to lounge around past dinner and may even reach through the early spring chill and kiss our skin with bits of red if we lean its way. The world draws us closer together as it warms. The cold and darkness that made us slowly … Read More