‘The prayer for our times’

Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez: "the rosary seems to be just the prayer we need for our distracted and troubled times"

Recently, the Wall Street Journal had an interesting article about brain research. Researchers are finding that people who use a “personal mantra” — mentally repeating over and over a positive word or phrase that reinforces their values — tend to be calmer, feel more in control and are less likely to get stressed out. I find it fascinating that scientists are confirming … [Read more...]

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How to pray the Rosary

Orange diocese offers step-by-step, illustrated guide

The following comes from a December 8 Orange County Catholic article: The Rosary is a Scripture-based prayer. It begins with the Apostles’ Creed, which summarizes the great mysteries of the Catholic faith. The Our Father, which introduces each mystery, is from the Gospels. The first part of the Hail Mary is the angel’s words announcing Christ’s birth and Elizabeth’s greeting … [Read more...]

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The Rosary is the perfect prayer for a time of distraction

Archbishop Gomez urges us to make time for daily personal prayer

The following comes from an October 5 Angelus article by Archbishop José H. Gomez: We live in a culture that seems to encourage us to be distracted and always busy with constant activity. All of us, I think, know the feeling of getting caught up and consumed by our activities — even the good things we are doing to help other people and serve the Gospel. The temptation … [Read more...]

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What leads to a priestly vocation?

Big families, serving Mass, praying rosary

The following comes from a survey published by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on April 7. Prayer Practices Seven in ten responding ordinands (70 percent) regularly prayed the rosary and participated in Eucharistic Adoration before entering the seminary. Did you participate in any of these prayer practices or groups on a regular basis before entering the … [Read more...]

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Bishop Galantino: ‘I do not identify with those who recite the Rosary’ outside abortion facilities

The following comes from a May 14 story on LifeSiteNews.com. An Italian bishop has angered pro-life advocates at home and abroad after he told an interviewer May 12 that he has little time for the kind of pro-lifer who prays the Rosary outside abortion facilities. “I do not identify with the expressionless faces of those who recite the Rosary outside the clinics who … [Read more...]

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Bishops urge daily Rosary, fast and abstinence on Fridays

The following comes from a Dec. 6 press release issued by the U.S. bishops. The U.S. Catholic bishops have launched a pastoral strategy addressing critical life, marriage and religious liberty concerns. The five-part strategy or call to prayer was approved by the bishops in November and is set to begin after Christmas. The overall focus is to invite Catholics to pray for … [Read more...]

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