Prayer, Shining a Light on Goodness

Do You Have Knots of Worry, Pain or Suffering?

We all have some “knots” in our lives.  Would you like some support in getting rid of a few of your knots?

Pray More Novenas will begin The Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots  starting this Thursday, April 22.  If you are not familiar with a novena, it is nine days of prayer and meditation usually asking God for special prayer requests or petitions which lead us closer to Jesus. Novenas are often used to ask a specific saint for their divine and spiritual assistance.

Mary, Undoer of Knots has become popular ever since Pope Francis encouraged the devotion in Argentina, and then spoke about it during his first year as pontiff. The theology of the devotion goes back to the second century. Saint Irenaeus wrote that, “The knot of Eve’s disobedience was untied by the obedience of Mary; what the virgin Eve bound by her unbelief, the Virgin Mary loosened by her faith.”

Mary’s faith unties the knot of sin.

Join in prayer that the Blessed Virgin Mary will intercede for us all, to untie the knots of sin in our lives – so that we may be purified and grow ever closer to God.  Pray More Novenas will send you the daily prayers when you sign up hereWe will pray for all the knots in our lives — all of our worries, pains and sufferings — that Mary, our Mother, may untie them and pray for us.

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Five Words That Can Change the World

Living through the pandemic and all its challenges that have been exposed has been tough.  From job loss, health crisis, identity crisis and watching the social injustice, it is easy to become hopeless and feel like there is nothing one person can do.  But there is.  Each and every one of us can say these five words which will profoundly impact our world:

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Shining a Light on Goodness. The Empty Tomb: Easter with Mary Magdalene and Elizabeth Ann Seton

With St. Mary Magdalene, let us accept Christ’s ‘Do not touch me’ with the certainty that His words give us a new mission, and a new way to be with Him, just as St. Elizabeth Ann Seton met the hardships of her life with renewed faith and strength. Written by Lisa Lickona from the Seton Reflection published last year.  

Christ’s Appearance to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection, Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov (1806 – 1858)

This year we celebrate our great and holy Feast, the Resurrection of Our Lord, in the most unexpected circumstances, most of us separated from physical participation in the Mass and the opportunity to receive Communion.

We are cut off from our family and friends and our parish communities. And we wonder: how can we live in this new situation, separated from the Body of God—both in the Eucharist and the living Church?

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Shining a Light on Goodness: We Adore You, O Christ, and We Praise You

One of the drawings created by the children
of the “Mater Divini Amoris” Family Home and the “Tetto Casal Fattoria” Family Home

As was the case last year during the beginning of the pandemic closures, this year’s Stations of the Cross (or Via Crucis) presided over by Pope Francis were held in the quiet and virtually empty St. Peter’s Square.  This year, though, the mediations and prayers for each Station were prepared and read by children from Rome and other Italian cities.  The faith and hope expressed by these children are profound and moving and are worthy of further reflection during this Easter season.  As a complement to the text of the meditations and prayers provided here, you can watch a video of the Stations and hear the children’s sweet voices, as well as see several of the children greet Pope Francis with hugs after the Stations concluded. 

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Shining a Light on Goodness: Hallelujah, He is Risen!

Written by Jennifer Stavinoha for Every Sacred Sunday one April 4, 2021

It’s the greatest news to ever hit the headlines of humanity – but the arrival of Easter comes with some surprising emotions.

Photo by Lerkrat Tangsri on Pexels.com
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Shining a Light on Goodness: A Pattern We Can Trust, A Richard Rohr Meditation

All will be well, and all will be well, and every kind of thing will be well.
Julian of Norwich, Showings, chapter 27

Today we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which allows faithful Christians to trust that, indeed, all will be well. I like to think of the resurrection as God’s way of telling us that God can take the worst thing in the world—the killing of the God-Human Jesus—and change it into the best thing: the redemption of the world.

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Shining a Light on Goodness: He is Risen

By Amy D’Ambra, Founder of My Saint My Hero
My Saint My Hero Blog Posted on April 04 2021

You, Jesus, love us by dying, by suffering abandonment, by bestowing Your spirit unto us, by doing the Father’s will, by offering everything up for our sins, and trusting in the greater plan of GOD. 

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