“Fifty years ago, my classmates and I at St. Mary of Redford Grade School in Detroit received the great blessings of our First Confession and First Holy Communion. My gratitude for these great gifts has only grown over the years”.
” Most of modern society upholds justice and fortitude, while temperance and prudence have been swallowed up in relativism. We as Christians also focus a great deal on the needs for justice and courage, but largely ignore the necessity of prudence in forming our actions.
“In its discussion of Christian prayer, the Catechism of the Catholic Church distinguishes between meditation and contemplation. Meditation is described as a quest in which “The mind seeks to understand the why and how of the Christian life, in order to adhere and respond to what the Lord is asking.” (2705)
” For the past many years, I have felt like an evangelization machine. I find myself, wherever I am, engaging folks, whether at the gas station, grocery store, or just about anywhere. I’m not quoting scripture or handing out pamphlets or giving them books to read.
” A lot of people — even Catholics — consider prayer and the Word to be almost a waste of time. Every day when I pray in St. John’s Church, I go up to the choir loft to pray. I have to go up there because, during prayer, I have frequently been interrupted by parishioners who have said to me, “Oh, I’m so glad you’re not busy with anything important. Can we talk?” Nothing important? Prayer and preaching the Gospel are the most important things we do as a Church”!