Today, as we remember the elderly sisters, brothers, and religious order priests who have dedicated their lives to service, pray for new vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Choose one of the prayers compiled by USCCB Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocation.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to our protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
---from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers.
The National Religious Retirement Office, which has never used more than five percent of the donations that it receives for administration and fundraising costs, is one example of good stewardship. Reflect on what it means to be a good steward of resources.
View the trailer from Picturing Mary and reflect on the power of the Blessed Mother’s image as portrayed in art throughout the world.
Today, on what is known as Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday, light the rose candle on your Advent Wreath.
As many parishes across the country conduct the annual appeal for the Retirement Fund for Religious today, please give generously and with confidence that your donations benefit frail and elderly religious.
Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patron of all the Americas, through whom the faith was first brought to this land. She is, likewise, the patron of the Gospel of Life, through whom the weak, the poor, the forgotten, and the dispossessed may know love and the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Take time today to contact your elected officials and encourage them to support laws that respect the life and dignity of all people.