Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Let's not pray that a given candidate will lose (or not), or that God will smite (nicely) our enemies. Let's pray that we learn to love those we disagree with, that the Holy Spirit will speak to the hearts of the attendees and candidates to draw them close to Christ. Let's also ask that God's people in at the convention will have the courage to speak the truth in love and to give reason for the hope they have with gentleness and reverence.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Once I decided to start this blog to coincide with the Olympic Games in Beijing, certain things became clear. Certainly the Blessed Mother, Mary, had been involved, not only in using the Rosary to pray for missions but because of the important Marian celebrations that occur in August: the Assumption on the 15th, her Queenship on the 22nd and my favorite, but little known, Our Lady of the Snows on the 5th (same day as the dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major, of course). On the 8th, we have the feast of St. Dominic whose Dominican order helped popularize the Rosary.
However, I decided to start the blog officially on August 6th, the feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus. In the Transfiguration, Jesus showed Peter, James and John his divine glory. You can read about it here. What better day to start praying for missions to change the world by revealing who Jesus is! The Transfiguration is also one of the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary given to us by Servant of God Pope John Paul II.
Again, if you’re not used to praying the Rosary or it makes you uncomfortable, feel free to pray any prayer that will help you think of the great needs of the world and Christ’s greater love for it. After all, that is what the Rosary does!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
The idea for Rosary Around the World came to me soon after. I remembered Patrick Johnson’s book “Operation World” which I had once used. It gives basic demographic information and lists prayer needs for every country in the world. I thought how helpful it would be to have something similar for Catholics to use in prayer, which immediately led me to the Rosary. I thought of a set of Rosary beads encircling the globe as if in an embrace. It seemed that combining the Rosary with information about specific countries or mission needs would be a great way to encourage prayer for “the New Evangelization.”
Of course, it didn’t take long for me to completely forget about this idea! That is until thinking about the Olympics in China this year and of another (Baptist!) friend of mine who has a great love for missions in China reminded me of Rosary Around the World. I also realized the need to keep the blog ecumenical. So while praying the Rosary is greatly encouraged, any prayer for bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to the nations and peoples of the world is welcome!
Our Lady of the Snows, pray for us.