Slow Down and Have a Holy Advent

David Oatney Pope Francis, Prayer

This past weekend (the vigil and the Sunday proper) heralded the beginning of Advent. In the Church’s year, it is a new beginning, marking a new Year of Grace, 2014. The Church begins the liturgical cycle by reflecting for four weeks in the daily scripture readings, the text of the Mass, and the antiphons of the Liturgy of the Hours …

The Power of Prayer

David Oatney New Evangelization, Prayer, Vatican II, Year of Faith

Pope Francis has recently called on us to pray in a courageous fashion, not just to tell people we are praying for them or to say a quick prayer and be done with it. Courageous and strong prayer of faith is what we need. Indeed, St. Paul reminds us to “pray without ceasing” in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. The Holy Father held up …