This week migrants and refugees are in our prayers for National Immigration Week January 8-14. May we all find peace, joy, and comfort among humankind – and be angels to others. Plenty of news stories from this past week in Top Catholic Tweets.
Pax Et Bonum,
Prayer for Migrants and Refugees
Lord Jesus, when you multiplied the loaves and fishes, you provided more than food for the body, you offered us the gift of yourself, the gift which satisfies every hunger and quenches every thirst! Your disciples were filled with fear and doubt, but you poured out your love and compassion on the migrant crowd, welcoming them as brothers and sisters.
Lord Jesus, today you call us to welcome the members of God’s family who come to our land to escape oppression, poverty, persecution, violence, and war. Like your disciples, we too are filled with fear and doubt and even suspicion. We build barriers in our hearts and in our minds.
Lord Jesus, help us by your grace,
- To banish fear from our hearts, that we may embrace each of your children as our own brother and sister;
- To welcome migrants and refugees with joy and generosity, while responding to their many needs;
- To realize that you call all people to your holy mountain to learn the ways of peace and justice;
- To share of our abundance as you spread a banquet before us;
- To give witness to your love for all people, as we celebrate the many gifts they bring.
We praise you and give you thanks for the family you have called together from so many people. We see in this human family a reflection of the divine unity of the one Most Holy Trinity in whom we make our prayer: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Migration Is an Act of Hope
Top Catholic Tweets for January 13th:
- Papal Tweet: “There can be no true peace if everyone claims always and exclusively his or her own rights, without caring for the good of others.” (Pope Francis, January 8th)
- US bishops: Immigration is a chance for hospitality, unity (CNA) ow.ly/opwg307TCUd
- New Vatican refugee office plans first media campaign (Vatican Radio) ow.ly/yfC9307Tzcp
- Pope Francis offers message of hope to migrants living in the United States (America Magazine) ow.ly/MQeM307XwRP
- Franciscan University of Steubenville Remembers Father Michael Scanlan, T.O.R. ow.ly/KWQa307MiQi
- Custodians of the Holy Land: the Franciscans to open new museum in Jerusalem (The Art Newspaper) ow.ly/Pz2h307MqUv
- Vatican doctrine czar sees no need for ‘fraternal correction’ of Pope (Crux) ow.ly/z2fZ307OPys
- Is It Time to Restore the Full Psalter to the Liturgy of the Hours? (Monsignor Charles Pope – ADW) ow.ly/OOSj307OPE4
- Pope Pius IX’s railway vehicles open to the public in Rome (Rome Reports) ow.ly/DJ0B307OQDk
- The Pope Video — Christians serving humanity — January 2017 ow.ly/LtSe307PKZX
- Therese of Lisieux’s parents inspired this drug rehab project (CNA) ow.ly/wOn0307RCho
- St. Francis and the Foolishness of God (Fr. Dan Horan, O.F.M. – Dating God) ow.ly/FhBh307RDSV
- One of the largest collections of Ethiopian religious texts is now in DC (CNA) ow.ly/uSnC307TC24
- Pro-life groups set to travel long distances for annual March for Life on Jan. 27th (CNS) ow.ly/MZNz307TCO0
- March for Life Around the World (Knights of Columbus) ow.ly/C6fE307VXqA
- Franciscan Commitment for Resistance of Muslim registry (Franciscan Action Network) ow.ly/SGqg307TFnB
- International Week Of Prayer For Christian Unity Jan. 18-25 (USCCB) ow.ly/RV1T307TYgq
- Cardinal Dolan contemplates selling NY chancery in biting letter to priests (National Catholic Reporter) ow.ly/jLJk307UaoJ
- Saint Francis and His Artisans of Peace (Franciscan Media) ow.ly/PJpI307UoHd
- Nun organizes national pre-inauguration event to foster peace (CNS) ow.ly/Kwqr307XnWi
- Donald Trump Says He Will Nominate a Supreme Court Justice Within 2 Weeks of Inauguration (TIME) ow.ly/tNXh307Ut9o
- Getting ready for Trump: Catholic leaders condemn the ‘imperialism’ of free markets (America Magazine) ow.ly/aK55307URCL
- On the Dylann Roof sentence: ‘All human life is sacred, even for…the most heinous of crimes’ (Aleteia) ow.ly/2fmF307URUI
- Project will digitize Catholic records of Boston Archdiocese (Crux/AP) ow.ly/m6Bu307V3M6
- Pope ordered Card. Burke to clean out Freemasons from the Knights of Malta (EWTN) ow.ly/iUmn307VRY8
- What’s behind Pope Francis’ meeting with the Palestinian president (CNA) ow.ly/7r1Z307VSw1
- Race against time for Congress to block DC’s assisted suicide law (CNA) ow.ly/WRA6307Xncd
- Tech Talk: Listen to Our Writers – great podcasters (Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS – CatholicMom.com) ow.ly/9P9c307Xnk9
- ‘Boots for the Pope’ – Retired US prison chaplain (Vatican Radio) ow.ly/2jxr307VSe5
- Singing friar Alessandro to be featured in PBS special (US Franciscans) ow.ly/6LR5307V3hT
- McDonald’s Vatican branch to offer meals to the homeless (Vatican Radio) ow.ly/HXNm307VSA3
- Catholic-Muslim dialogue opens to support Islamic American communities (CNS) ow.ly/GXhR307Xmrn
Pope Francis’ Prayer Video for January (Apostleship of Prayer)
Top Catholic Tweets are compiled weekly by John Clem, O.F.S. who is the Director and Media Minister at Catholic Web Services (http://catholicws.com/). John is a professed member of the Secular Franciscan Order, and loves to share his talents in faith, technology, and journalism in service to the church. John’s blog is entitled Call To Holiness (http://www.calltoholiness.us/). Follow John on Twitter at @Catholicwebs, on Facebook and at Google+ .