By Father Jeffrey F. Kirby, Sr. Crux Contributor - This month, Pope Francis has petitioned all the faithful to pray the Saint Michael the Archangel Prayer. While it might be common at times for a pope to ask for the intercession of God’s people, this is - admittedly - a charged request for a unique prayer... What is the Saint Michael Prayer? Why would it be requested by Pope Francis?
By Mark C McCann, Catholic Stand - In the Old Testament, the People of God brought their sacrifices to the altar of the Lord. The smoke of the offering and the incense rose high in the air toward heaven, filling the temple with the sweet fragrance that reminded the believers of their connection to the covenant of God.
By Msgr. Charles Pope - God does not need a fancy temple, but we do. The building of beautiful churches says a lot about our priorities and where our heart lies. Churches express our love for God and our desire to honor and thank Him. They need not be extravagant, but they should be adorned with a beauty and form that stands out as sacred and memorable, as an expression that we love God and take Him seriously