1. Pope Francis visits the Holy Land May 24-26. Following is a blog post by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of new York, on the significance of the visit to the Jewish community. It is the first in a series of four posts on the visit to be posted on the the USCCB Blog.
2. A special Mass for immigrants and immigrant families will take place May 29 at St. Peter's Church on Capitol Hill. The Mass is offered for immigrants and their families who are subject to separation because of the U.S.'s broken immigration system.
3. Pope Francis
say it would do us good to ask, "Where is the firmness of our
hearts?" He adds that "the only one that gives firmness to
our hearts is the Holy Spirit. It would do us good to think that we have this
great gift that Jesus left us, the Spirit of fortitude, of counsel, who helps
us to move forward in the midst, surrounded by every day trials. We should do
this exercise today, ask how our heart is: Firm or not? And if it is firm,
where does it dwell? In things or in the Holy Spirit ? It would do us good!
Text found at: http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2014/05/19/pope_at_mass:_firmness_of_heart_/en1-800331
Praying the Rosary With Pope Francis,” an
easy-to-carry booklet of meditations, has been released by the U.S. Conference
of Catholic Bishops’ Department of Communications. The booklet offer meditations by Pope Francis on the twenty
mysteries of the Rosary and the life of Jesus and Mary. Full color photographs
illustrate each of the Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous Mysteries of
the Rosary. The 75-page booklet is available for $7.95 through the
Starting May 19 and going through the
end of May, USCCB will give away a rosary blessed by Pope Francis each day.
Those who want a chance to win a free rosary can learn more at www.USCCB.org/Rosary
5. God loves you.