Sacred Liturgy & Sacraments: May 2012 Archives

In our continuing reflection on prayer in the letters of Saint Paul, we now consider the Apostle's striking affirmation that Jesus Christ is God's "Yes" to mankind and the fulfillment of all his promises, and that through Jesus we say our "Amen", to the glory of God (cf. 2 Cor 1:19-20). For Paul, prayer is above all God's gift, grounded in his faithful love which was fully revealed in the sending of his Son and the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit, poured forth into our hearts, leads us to the Father, constantly making present God's "Yes" to us in Christ and in turn enabling us to say our ""Yes" - Amen! - to God. Our use of the word "Amen", rooted in the ancient liturgical prayer of Israel and then taken up by the early Church, expresses our firm faith in God's word and our hope in his promises. Through this daily "Yes" which concludes our personal and communal prayer, we echo Jesus' obedience to the Father's will and, through the gift of the Spirit, are enabled to live a new and transformed life in union with the Lord.

Pope Benedict XVI

30 May 2012

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The US Bishops composed and received approval of a ritual that invokes God's blessing upon the child in the womb. The idea came from Archbishop Joseph Kurtz when he was the bishop of Knoxville several years ago. What better way to observe Mother's Day in the USA than for us to be in prayerful solidarity with expectant mothers!

As the Introduction to this rite, the Bishops write that 

"The Church welcomes with joy and compassion the mothers who, recognizing that all life is a gift from God, come to the Church seeking a blessing for their unborn child. Such a blessing sustains the parents by imparting grace and comfort in time of concern and need, unites the parish in prayer for the unborn child, and fosters respect for human life within society."

Here's the key prayer: 

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Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]



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