I’m sure you’ve seen it—any time there is a national tragedy or terrible event, people of faith on social media post their prayers and get responses such as: “Don’t pray, do something!” The people who respond this way see prayer as a cop-out, an excuse for not doing anything. This can be really hurtful to the people posting prayers, since they see themselves as having the same goal as others: to right the wrong.
The final day in the Octave of Easter is known in the Church as the Second Sunday of Easter, or Sunday of Divine Mercy. This has not always been the case—the observance of this day as Divine Mercy Sunday was not proclaimed until 2000. The proclamation at that time was a rare and special event for the Church.
Christ in the Gethsemane Garden, Arkhip Kuindzhi
Visio divina, “divine seeing” in Latin, is a form of prayer in which we contemplate visual art. Like lectio divina, in which we contemplate the words of Scripture, visio divina can open us up to a personal encounter with God and help us to hear and respond to his voice.
Thank you for dedicating nine days of your Lenten journey to the CatholicTV Webathon Novena. Today, on this ninth and final day of the Novena, we ask Blessed Columba Kang Wan-suk to pray for us.
Thank you for dedicating nine days of your Lenten journey to the CatholicTV Webathon Novena. Today, Day 8 of the Novena, we ask Blessed Solanus Casey to pray for us.
Thank you for dedicating nine days of your Lenten journey to the CatholicTV Webathon Novena. Today, Day 7 of the Novena, we ask Venerable José Gregorio Hernández to pray for us.