Please join me in praying for our brothers and sisters in Charleston:
“I am confident in the assurances I give our suffering brothers and sisters at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston that they have the love, prayerful solidarity, and condolences of the people, priests, deacons, and religious of the Archdiocese of New York.
God teaches that every human life is sacred; God’s house should always be a place of safety and peace. I ask that intercession for the wounded Christian community be part of our Sunday Masses this weekend.”
Timothy Cardinal Dolan
+Archbishop of New York
These blessed days in the Church’s calendar draw our attention to prayer. Last Thursday, we reverently and gratefully recalled the Ascension of Jesus, returning to His Father in heaven forty days after His Resurrection from the dead.
What did the bewildered, scared, confused apostles do upon Our Lord’s Ascension into heaven? They took our Blessed Mother Mary, locked themselves into a room, and . . . prayed! That prayer demanded perseverance, because it took nine days for Jesus to reply. The response He gave to that patient prayer of His Mother and best friends was beyond their most exalted hopes: …
Cardinal Dolan reflects on the beginning of Lent, a 40 day season of prayer and penitence in preparation for Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ.
Here is the prayer that I offered at the Republican National Convention:
With firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, let us pray:
Almighty God, father of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jesus, we beg your continued blessings on this sanctuary of freedom, and on all of those who proudly call America home. We ask your benediction upon those yet to be born, and on those who are about to see you at the end of this life. Bless those families whose ancestors arrived on these shores generations ago, as well as those families that have come recently, to build a…