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To whom can we pray?

Fr John Flader

By Fr John Flader Question: Must we always pray to the Father through Jesus or can we pray directly to the Father? And can we also pray to Mary, the angels and the saints? THIS question is more interesting than appears at first sight. We can start with the definition of prayer in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “Prayer ... Read More »

Focus on prayer, the poor, peace, Pope says

Pope Francis with people

IN a historic square in the centre of Rome, Pope Francis urged Catholics to gather strength in prayer and then set out for the margins of society, bringing the Gospel and material aid to the poor, the elderly, the young and the excluded. “Prayer saves the anonymous city dweller from a temptation that we, too, face: activism that believes everything ... Read More »

Date set for Israeli-Palestinian prayer for peace

Pope Francis

POPE Francis, Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet at the Vatican on Pentecost Sunday (June 8) to pray for peace. Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi confirmed the date in a statement on May 29. During his recent visit to the Holy Land, the Pope spontaneously invited Mr Peres and Mr Abbas to come to the ... Read More »

Praying for rain

By Paul Dobbyn ROMA’S parish priest Fr Jamie Collins has reason to believe in the power of prayer for rain. “The last time I organised a Day of Prayer for Rain was in 2009 when I was parish priest in St George,” he said. “A big storm came up through the afternoon that damaged the town clock and took the roof ... Read More »

Beyond struggles with prayer

Ronald Rolheiser book

PRAYER: OUR DEEPEST LONGING By Ronald Rolheiser, Franciscan Media, $13.95 Reviewed by Br Brian Grenier CFC RONALD Rolheiser, an internationally renowned speaker and spiritual writer, is a Catholic priest with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. His weekly column, In Exile, is syndicated in more than 70 newspapers and may be accessed online. The slim volume under review is a ... Read More »

Pray in patience

Jo Hayes

WOMEN OF FAITH Young Brisbane journalist JO HAYES reflects on the virtue of patience and how it plays out day to day in our relationship with God.   WE know that patience is a virtue, but sometimes it feels more like a pain in the behind than anything close to holy or divine. I’m not referring to the patience required ... Read More »

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