Fight Hatred, Death, and Sin with Love, Life, and Charity

– April 20, 2020 – Volume 30 BISHOPS ASK FOR ETHICAL COVID-19 VACCINE Four USCCB Committee Chairmen, along with 20 healthcare, bioethics, and pro-life organizations, have urged Dr. Stephen M. Hahn, Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to ensure that vaccines for COVID-19 are developed ethically and are free from any connection to the exploitation of abortion. To view all signers and to read the letter, click here. PROTECTING PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES DURING COVID-19 The National Catholic Partnership on Disability has prepared a statement, infographic, and video to assist anyone faced with lifesaving medical care being rationed in ways that discriminate against persons with disabilities. These and additional resources related to COVID-19 can be found at https://ncpd.org/covid-19-resources. PRAY FOR LIFE: APRIL In this month’s Pray for Life we’re praying that our merciful Lord will calm the fears of all expectant mothers, fill them with His peace, and provide for every need. (Prayer guide: English / Spanish) PRAY FOR LIFE: MAY In the May edition of Pray for Life, we’re praying that our Blessed Mother will draw women facing unexpected or challenging pregnancies close to her heart. (Prayer guide: English / Spanish) WORD OF LIFE: MAY 2020 The May edition of Word of Life is available in both English and Spanish. Suggestions are provided for adapting the resources for digital use....

Fr. Calloway: A Story of Redemption

Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, is part of the all-star cast of Power In My Hands and he has a remarkable story to share. Fr. Calloway was a high school dropout and drug addict. He was kicked out of a foreign country as a teen and institutionalized twice. Having been thrown in jail multiple times, it seemed he was a hopeless case. But, one night in 1992, Fr. Calloway had a miraculous conversion that all started with the Blessed Mother. “The Virgin Mary was saying things that were so clear and captivating that I found myself moved and literally experiencing emotion in a deep way.” – Fr. Calloway After his radical conversion to the Church, he earned a B.A. in Philosophy and Theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio and received additional degrees from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, and from the International Marian Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio. Fr. Calloway is now a member of the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. He exhibits an unmistakable zeal for the faith and is a well known speaker on Divine Mercy and the Blessed Virgin Mary. He speaks passionately about these topics in his moving conversion story....

Nine Benefits of Going to Confession Frequently

During my priestly ministry, I have discerned several reasons why people hesitate to approach the Sacrament of Confession. Here are the most common: Fear: Though the vast majority of priests are kind and understanding confessors, many potential penitents fear being judged or scolded. Pride: Confessing sins means confronting that we’ve genuinely done wrong and need […] Source: Nine Benefits of Going to Confession...

How to Pray with Pope Francis Today 3/27/2020: Live 1PM Eastern Time

How to pray with the Pope on Friday Join Pope Francis in prayer and receive his extraordinary “Urbi et orbi” blessing and plenary indulgence on Friday at 6pm Rome time. By Linda Bordoni Faithful across the world are invited to join Pope Francis spiritually in prayer on Friday, 27 March at 6 pm Rome time. The initiative was announced by Pope Francis on Sunday during the Angelus when he said “I invite everyone to participate spiritually through the means of communication”. It follows Wednesday’s live-streamed ceremony during which Christians of all denominations were able to join the Holy Father in praying the “Our Father” in this time of global crisis and fear due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Pope announces extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing The Director of the Holy See Press Office confirmed that the moment of prayer on Friday will be broadcast live from the Vatican, beginning at 6 pm Rome time. He noted that the plenary indulgence attached to the Urbi et orbi blessing is subject to the conditions foreseen by the recent Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary.  Pope Francis will pray before an empty Square from the sagrato of St. Peter’s Basilica, the platform at the top of the steps immediately...