Q. I have been an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion for many years. Sometimes I find my ministry becoming just one more thing to do, and I wish I could prepare better for my ministry. Any thoughts? A. I was seated comfortably in the celebrant’s chair as the elderly sister at the convent infirmary eucharistic […]
Some years ago you wrote about the desirability of making the Eucharist part of our celebration of Thanksgiving Day. I think the same is true for Independence Day, July 4.
Q. I enjoy taking part in the novena of Masses on Thursday evenings at the Grasshopper Chapel in Cold Spring, which is one of the designated pilgrimage sites in our diocese for the Holy Year of Mercy. Some years ago you celebrated the Mass of the Immaculate Heart of Mary there. Can you please write […]
Q. In the “Salve Regina,” the “Hail, Holy Queen,” that concludes the church’s night prayer, we address the Blessed Virgin Mary as “Mother of Mercy.” Please comment on this title of hers. A. Pope Francis concludes his promulgation of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy by turning to the Mother of Mercy: “Mary attests that the […]
I didn’t receive any questions for this month’s column, so I offer you one of my Easter time homilies: Two weeks ago we rejoiced in the day, Easter day, that God made to celebrate the rising to glory of the beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Last Sunday, we rejoiced to take our places with Thomas the […]
Wisely, the Jewish tradition of prayer holds it unthinkable to ask anything of God without first offering praise and thanks Q: In my family, as I grew up, we prayed before and after meals. Before eating, without fail, we prayed, “Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts which we are about to receive […]