Pilgrimage around the corner

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In a few days, I will embark on what promises to be a memorable pilgrimage with Catholic Pilgrimage Tours. Pilgrimages are milestones for believers for we offer sacrifice, we celebrate Eucharist, we bond with each other as we visit these holy places. This particular pilgrimage will take us to the Camino de Santiago, Lourdes, Monserrat, and Fatima for the centennial celebration of our Lady’s apparition! It’s definitely a moment to remember how beautiful it is to be Catholic, how immense the Church is, and how generous and good God continues to be. If you have any prayer petitions, do let me know and I’ll carry them in my heart.

 

 

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A generation that has never forgotten

 

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In 2008, Pope Benedict XVI stood on holy ground in the United States and prayed for the victims of 9/11. Today, is appropriate to revisit this prayer.

My teachers were right, I remember where I was the morning this happened. A junior in high school sitting in my history class (out of all places) uncertain of the future of our country, our freedom, and our lives. Even after all these years, there is still uncertainty on the political platform, governance, and the future. Yet, God remains our strength:

O God of love, compassion, and healing,
look on us, people of many different faiths and traditions,
who gather today at this site,
the scene of incredible violence and pain.

We ask you in your goodness
to give eternal light and peace
to all who died here—
the heroic first-responders:
our fire fighters, police officers,
emergency service workers, and Port Authority personnel,
along with all the innocent men and women
who were victims of this tragedy
simply because their work or service
brought them here on September 11, 2001.

We ask you, in your compassion
to bring healing to those
who, because of their presence here that day,
suffer from injuries and illness.
Heal, too, the pain of still-grieving families
and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy.
Give them strength to continue their lives with courage and hope.

We are mindful as well
of those who suffered death, injury, and loss
on the same day at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Our hearts are one with theirs
as our prayer embraces their pain and suffering.

God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world:
peace in the hearts of all men and women
and peace among the nations of the earth.
Turn to your way of love
those whose hearts and minds
are consumed with hatred.

God of understanding,
overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy,
we seek your light and guidance
as we confront such terrible events.
Grant that those whose lives were spared
may live so that the lives lost here
may not have been lost in vain.
Comfort and console us,
strengthen us in hope,
and give us the wisdom and courage
to work tirelessly for a world
where true peace and love reign
among nations and in the hearts of all.

 

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Remember us, Lord

 

IMG_9942A meditation on the psalms in remembrance of our brothers and sisters in Tampa, Huston, and Mexico City. “God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress. Thus we do not fear, though the earth be shaken and mountains quake to the depths of the sea, though its waters rage and foam
and mountains totter at its surging.” (Psalm 46:2-4)

 

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