Prayer & Reflection

Dear Jesus, Divine Physician and Healer of the sick, we turn to you in this time of illness. O dearest comforter of the troubled, alleviate our worry and sorrow with your gentle love, and grant us the grace and strength to accept this burden. Dear God, we place our worries in your hands. We place our sick under your care and humbly ask that you restore your servant to health again. Above all, grant us the grace to acknowledge your will and know that whatever you do, you do for the love of us. Amen.



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On Friday, December 1st starting at 4pm through 4pm on Saturday the 2nd, the Cathedral will be hosting a 24 hour adoration event in which the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed, and the church open for anyone to come in and pray. We would love to see a large turnout, and wanted to extend the invitation to you at St. Augustine. If possible, we would love for you to spread word of this to your parishioners in whatever way you think is best. We've included below a brief message which can be modified accordingly for bulletins, announcements, or emails:

"The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart is hosting a 24-hour adoration on Friday, Dec. 1st at 4pm to Saturday, Dec. 2nd at 4pm. The church will be open, and the Blessed Sacrament exposed all night for adoration. Please consider joining together with the Greater Richmond area Catholic community in prayer whenever you are able, and for as long as you wish. For more information, please go to or contact Maria Lang ( of the Cathedral parish evangelization team."

As a side note, in case anyone asks or is concerned, during the overnight hours there will be a uniformed police officer providing security.

Thank you so much for your time and God bless!


Maria Lang



Gospel Contemplation

Preparing for the Sunday Readings

Recommended Websites and Resources

Preparing for the Sunday Readings


The Center for Liturgy at St. Louis University: (*offers some information in Spanish)


Catholic Matters




The Sacred Space:


Bible Gateway:


Thomas Merton:


Pray as you go:



St. Augustine 

St. Francis de Sales

"Let's Pray the Rosary" Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center - volunteers say the Rosary in the Medical Center Chapel each afternoon Monday through Friday. Volunteers needed one day each month; broadcast over the Medical Center's TV net so that patients, their families or friends might participate. Call Dick O'Hallaron 804-272-4901 or for information. 

There are presently 70 volunteers and more are needed as some teams only have one or two people. Prayer intentions are for the patients, their families, caregivers, and world peace.   

All are welcome, any time. Use valet parking (It is free, no tipping).  Chapel is on the lobby level.  Can't miss it. Rosary is Monday through Friday the first four weeks of the month.  We have a sign in book.  Please sign in.  If someone wants Mr. O'Hallaron to contact them, add your phone number or email after the sign in, or just ask one of the participants to have him contact you.

Pray the Rosary for the conversion of America and the whole world. 
On May 13th, 1917, Our Lady told the three Fatima children to:
"Pray the Rosary every day to obtain peace for the world!"
Imagine how touched She will be to see us all praying the Rosary, all over the world, begging Her to save the world from so much sin, war, anxiety and hatred. 
It can happen, if we pray and trust in the power of Our Lady's Rosary.
So, please pray the Rosary for the conversion of America and the world. 

Links for further study:
Light of the Torah  (A Bible Study of the Torah)

What is Advent?

The Center for Liturgy Sunday Web Site  

Saint of the Day

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Holy See

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

Richmond Diocese

The Catholic Virginian

Crossing the Goal 

Catholics Come Home

Vocations Website (English)

Vocations Website (Español) - otoño

American Catholic

The Catholic Encyclopedia

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Grace Before Meals

Savoring Our Faith



St. Augustine's reflection on Psalm 109 for our Advent prayer and reflection: 

God's promises are given to us through the Son

God decreed a time for making promises and a time for the promises to be fulfilled. The time for making promises was the time of the prophets, ending with John the Baptist, the last prophet. From then until the end is the time for the fulfillment of promises. 

God is faithful. He has made himself our debtor, not by receiving anything from us but by promising us so much. The promise alone was not enough for him: he wanted it in writing, so that he could be held to it, practically entering into a contract with us that listed the promises he was making. In that way, when he began to fulfill his promises, we could see the order of their fulfillment by looking in Scripture. Therefore the time of the prophets was (as I have said so often) the time of making promises. 

He promised us eternal salvation and an unending life of blessedness with the angels, and an imperishable inheritance, the joy of seeing his face, a dwelling-place with him in heaven, and the fear of death removed from us through the resurrection. This is, if you like, his ultimate promise. We look forward to it, and when we reach it, we will want nothing more. But as to how this final end is to be reached, he has also told us in promises and prophecies. 

He has promised to men that they will be like God; to mortals he has promised immortality; to sinners, righteousness; to the lowly, glory. 

Indeed, brethren, because what God promised seemed incredible to men – that from  mortality, decay, weakness, lowliness, dust and ashes they should become equals of the angels of God – he did not only sign a contract with them to convince them. He sent, not just any prince, not just any angel or archangel, but his only Son. The road by which he was to lead us to the end he had promised us – through his Son he would show us that road. 

Even so, it was not enough for God to send his Son to point out the way – he made his Son the way itself, so that we can go on our journey guided by him as he walks along his own way. 

So the only Son of God was to come to men, to take on humanity, and thus to die, to ascend to heaven and sit at the right hand of the father, and so to fulfill what he had promised among the nations. After that promise to the nations had been fulfilled, he would fulfill his other promise, to come, to demand the return of what he had given, to separate the vessels of anger from the vessels of mercy, to give the wicked what he had threatened and the righteous what he had promised. 

All this had to be prophesied and foretold. It had to have its coming announced. It could not come suddenly and unexpectedly, causing terror and alarm: people had to be awaiting it with faith. 



Pray in solidarity:
It has been said that if Christians and Jews really understood the full extent of the power available through prayer, we might be speechless. Did you know that during WWII there was an adviser to Churchill who organized a group of people who dropped what they were doing every day at a prescribed hour for one minute to collectively pray for the safety of England, for its people and for peace? There is now a group of people organizing the same thing here in America . If you would like to participate: Every evening at 9:00 PM Eastern Time (8:00 PM Central) (7:00 PM Mountain) (6:00 PM Pacific), stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the safety of the United States, our troops, our citizens, and for a return to a Godly nation. If you know others who would like to participate, please pass this along. Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have. Please forward this to your praying friends.


Chaplet of Divine Mercy - information about this devotion
The Image of Divine Mercy

How to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy


Belief in God's Goodness Essential to Prayer

Suggested Prayers

Download a copy of Virtual Rosary
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Mother Teresa's Powerful Message
Interview With Missionary of Charity Father Joseph Langford

The Archdiocese of Tijuana reported the death of Missionary of Charity Father Joseph Michael Langford on Wednesday (10/13/10) at 1 a.m.

Joseph Langford was born in Ohio on June 25, 1951, and ordained in Rome on March 25, 1978.





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