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10 Bible Verses to Give You Peace

10 Bible Verses to Give You Peace

There are so many things that can take away our peace each day. Whether it’s stress, discouragement, anxiety, or tragedy; it is so easy to feel as though the weight of the world is on our shoulders. It is at these times that we need to turn to the Prince of Peace, who alone can quiet our hearts and strengthen our faith.

Here are some verses from Scripture to turn to when you feel worried or burdened. You can even write one down and put it somewhere you see every day, as a reminder of the peace of Christ that surpasses all understanding.

1. John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.  

2. Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God.

3. Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

4. Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. 

5. Psalm 27:1 The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?

6. Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

7. Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you all with joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

8. Matthew 11:28-30  Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

9. Psalms 55:22 “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he shall sustain you: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” 

10. 1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

How to Help a Grieving Friend

How to Help a Grieving Friend

The loss of a loved one is one of life’s most difficult experiences. As Catholics, we know that death is not the end, but the grief of loss is still terrible. Even Jesus wept over the death of his dear friend Lazarus before He raised him from the dead.

When a friend or family member loses a loved one, it is sometimes hard to know how to help them. Fear of doing the wrong thing or not knowing what to say can keep us from helping our friends in their time of greatest need. To help with this, here are just a few tips on how to support a friend or family member who has lost a loved one:

1. Be there for them.

Let the grieving person know that it’s OK to cry in front of you, get angry, and express their feelings without any fear of judgement or criticism. Be willing to sit in silence if your friend doesn’t feel like talking.

Make every effort to attend the funeral or the wake, or both. If distance makes that impossible, consider sending flowers or some other token to show your friend that you are supporting them during this difficult time.

2. Assemble a team.

If your friend is responsible for funeral arrangements, the process can be overwhelming, especially when the minutiae of daily life is added on top of that. Make a list of things to do (choose a funeral home, contact a priest, walk the dog, provide meals, do laundry) and then assemble a team of family and friends to take on or help with each task.

Even if they’re not making funeral arrangements, having a group of family and friends pitch in will help the bereaved and let them know they are not alone in their grief.

3. Don’t be upset if your friend doesn’t want to talk.

Communication can be overwhelming to someone who is grieving, and they are likely inundated with family and friends offering their sympathy. So if your phone calls or texts go unanswered, don’t be offended. Keep in contact and try sending messages that don’t require a response. A simple “We love you and we’re praying for you” will be much appreciated.

4. Let them know you are praying for them.

Send a spiritual bouquet (a group of prayer or devotions gathered together for a specific intention), have a Mass said for them, offer to drive them to Mass, or join them to pray a Rosary together.

5. When offering to help, be specific.

Offers to “call me if you need anything” will rarely be taken up, so if you want to help, be specific. Offer to cook meals, provide childcare, go grocery shopping, or anything else you can do.

6. Remember the deceased, even after the funeral.

The loss of a loved one hurts long after the funeral, and holidays and certain occasions can be especially hard. Keep the memory of the deceased alive by sharing fun stories or ways that their loved one made an impact in your life. Offer to commemorate a birthday or anniversary in a special way, make a charitable donation in honor of the deceased, or organize a memorial plaque or bench to honor the deceased.

7. Offer to drive them to a bereavement program.

Many dioceses offer bereavement support groups where others who have lost a loved one can give and receive support from others who know the depth of their pain. Make sure you let them know you are not suggesting the program because you are tired of their grief, but because you want to expand their network of support, especially with people who understand their experience.

If you or a friend has lost a loved one, we would love to keep them in our prayers. Submit your Prayer Request and we will offer it up individually at our daily staff Rosary.

Pope Francis pays for Rome’s homeless to visit Shroud of Turin

Pope Francis pays for Rome’s homeless to visit Shroud of Turin

From Catholic News Agency:

In his latest act of papal charity, Pope Francis has donated funds for two busloads of homeless and sick pilgrims to visit the Shroud of Turin. They will stay in two charitable centers that offer shelter to the homeless during the winter.

The Shroud of Turin is among the most well-known relics connected with Christ’s Passion. Venerated for centuries by Christians as the burial shroud of Jesus, it has been subject to intense scientific study to ascertain its authenticity, and the origins of the image.

A little more than 14 ft. long and 3-and-a-half feet wide, the cloth is stained with the post-mortem image of a man – front and back – who has been brutally tortured and crucified.

“This trip is a treat offered by Pope Francis to our homeless brothers,” Fr. Nicoloai told La Stampa.

“When he learned about this pilgrimage, he wished, through his almoner, who is in charge of charitable works, to give a contribution to these people living in a precarious state. This is because he believes that like the Shroud, they represent the suffering of the Lord Jesus,” he said.

Read more at Catholic News Agency.