A year ago, 16 year-old Antonia Cabrera suffered a stroke and was expected to die. Today, she can speak, walk with some difficulty and is continuing a recovery that she attributes to prayers across the globe. On April 28, 2012, Cabrera fell into a coma, and doctors told her family she would likely either die or remain permanently unconscious.
During the month of June, which is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, it is good for us to hear about the devotion of Saints and holy people to this heart, and what it means for us. Watch this video for a reflection on the words of Blessed John Paul II on the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Happy and blessed feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus! Back in the late 1600s, Jesus appeared to Sister Margaret Mary Alacoque and asked her to start this special feast day - a feast of reparation. Why? Watch this video reflection for more...
This year, Pope Francis led his first procession through Rome. A few days later, history was being made thousands of miles away, in the streets of St. Petersburg, Russia. For the first time in 95 years, the Russian faithful were allowed to celebrate the religious feast of Corpus Christi by taking the blessed Host on a three kilometer journey between the Catholic churches of Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Catherine of Alexandria.
Since last Sunday, when Pope Francis led a worldwide hour of Eucharistic adoration, several readers have contacted me to complain that in their own parishes, no plans had been made to join in the initiative. This negligence, my friend said, showed that their pastors were not in tune with the Vatican, not thinking along with the universal Church.
It has always seemed logical to me that the most holy humanity of Christ should ascend to the glory of the Father. The ascension has always made me very happy. But I think that the sadness that is particular to the day of the ascension is also a proof of the love that we feel for Jesus Christ, our Lord. He is God made man, perfect man, with flesh like ours, with blood like ours in his veins. Yet he leaves us and goes up to heaven. How can we help but miss his presence? Christ Is Passing By, 117
This month, the Holy Father has asked us to pray, "That a culture of dialogue, listening, and mutual respect may prevail among peoples." Fr. Kubicki reflects on the pope's general prayer intention for June 201 in this video.
Each month, the Pope prays for a specific intention, calling on all Christians to pray along with him for that special cause. For June 2013, the Holy Father has asked us to pray: "That a culture of dialogue, listening, and mutual respect may prevail among peoples", and "That where secularization is strongest, Christian communities may effectively promote a new evangelization."
For the first time in history, churches, cathedrals and millions of faithful across the world will synchronise their watches and spend an hour of Eucharistic Adoration and prayer on Sunday 2 June. And in Sydney, between 5000-7000 families, children, young people, individuals participate in Sydney's Walk with Christ, the Procession of the Blessed Sacrament, from St Patrick's Church, on Church Hill near Wynyard through the CBD to the Cathedral, where the Eucharistic Adoration will take place outdoors at the St Mary's Cathedral.
On June 2nd, Catholics worldwide will pray simultaneously. It will be a truly historic event: Pope Francis will lead the Eucharistic adoration in St Peter's Basilica, joined by the faithful in cathedrals all over the world. It is going to be a simple celebration, with no speech or homily by the Pope. However, the Vatican will broadcast footage of the Basilica and connect with countries around the world. Prayer will take place between 5-6 PM Italian time.
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