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Current Intention and Reflection - August 1, 2014 (en español)


May those who are sick or suffering find strength and courage in the Cross of Christ.


On this feast of St. Alphonsus Liguori, we look to his example of one who suffered physically, emotionally, and spiritually, but remained faithful to God. May all who suffer not despair, but instead turn to Christ as a source of comfort and solace.

Lord Jesus, please help all of us to minister to those who are suffering by being a reflection of your love.

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Frequently Asked Questions

what is the call to prayer?

The U.S. bishops are inviting the faithful nationwide to join a movement of prayer, penance, and sacrifice for the sake of renewing a culture of life, marriage, and religious liberty in our country. Learn more...

how do i get involved?

There are many different ways to participate in the Call to Prayer, both as an individual and as a community. Find out how you can get involved under the section "Join the Movement!"


Call to Prayer Participants

call to prayerCardinal Seán O'Malley

Chairman, USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities

It is a great blessing to be joined in prayer with thousands of Catholics nationwide. The Call to Prayer is a reminder for all of us that we rely on God for everything; it is an invitation to grow in faith and love as we pray and fast together for the protection of life, marriage and religious liberty. Everyone can make a difference for the good of the Church and society through participation in this important campaign. Please join me and so many others in holding up the power of prayer.

call to prayer participantGeena

I think most people are genuinely interested in helping others. But for many of us, the desire to serve is often left unfulfilled. The circumstances of our lives can limit how and where we can help others. For me, the Call to Prayer is a beautiful initiative that empowers us to act on our innate desire to serve--by praying for something that we believe in--and this is a powerful reminder that loving and serving our neighbor starts by simply asking God for help.

Photo Credit: Kathleen SchweitzerMatt and Amy

Being a married couple, my husband Matt and I participate in the mystical body of Christ in a beautiful way. As we live our vocation and see the challenges facing marriage, we have come to recognize the great need for married couples to stand up for the truth of the Church's teaching on marriage and to participate together in praying for marriage. Please join us in this incredible journey by joining the Call to Prayer!

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All the Catholic faithful throughout the entire country are encouraged the participate, both as individuals and as communities of faith!

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