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RCNY WEEKLY  |  March 29, 2022
ONE SIMPLE PRAYER, WELL PRAYED
Fr. Eric Nielsen, LC, has a life-changing experience of the power of one prayer, well prayed. Try it, see how it transforms you and changes your life! 
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SOME DAYS THE TIDE TURNS IN THE LORD'S FAVOR
"Are you Catholic?" my friends and I ask. "Would you like a rosary? Would you like to go to confession here tonight?"

"Are you kidding?" responds one man. "Been there, done that!" says another. "God, no!" chimes in a fast-walking atheist.

"You Catholics are all pedophiles!" yells one angry woman. Another hands us a bag of dog poop. Sixty-year-old Michael even has advice: "Why don't you evangelize out in the Middle East, where they need you?"

"We're needed here," we respond. "This city needs Jesus, too. It needs His love."

Some nights the tide turns in the Lord's favor. A young woman approaches us, decked out in showy attire. "Are you guys really Catholic? I didn't think there were any Catholics left! Can I have a purple rosary?"

"Sure! Where are you going? We have lots to talk about."

"I've got to run! I'm a stripper. But I'm going to pray with this rosary."

At times, the neighborhood even begins rooting for us. Strangers call out: "Way to go!" "Your courage is inspiring!"

We're in our groove now, engaging strangers with joy and seeing some of them later in church. On the rough streets of the city, working shoulder to shoulder with Christ, we're no longer alone; we feel God's grace.
 
You will, too, as you read the dozens of riveting and often funny stories in the blog posts about ordinary Catholics from the financial sector evangelizing their wary New York neighbors. Indeed, so fascinating are their experiences you may be tempted to join them. 
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THE PERFECT "YES"
There is so much going on in this simple painting of a single simple girl that every time I’ve studied it, I’ve seen more.

As we enter the scene, we see a young woman, alone — in the dark. There is no architectural setting around her. The area behind her is simply black darkness. A quiet pervades the scene.

We assume this is Mary, perhaps in the solitude of her private chamber. Before her lies an open book, perhaps the Psalms; it seems she has been reading them here in her room. She is at prayer, preparing her heart. Had Mary not been prepared, if her heart was not already open through study and meditation on God’s Word, would she have recognized the voice of the angel? Would my heart be prepared enough to see an angel from God if he entered my room? 
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UPCOMING EVENTS
APR 27: Conferences for Latino Parents
MAR 31: Living in a Polarized World
APR 2-3: Three to Get Married
2022 NYC Holy Week Street Missions
2022 Holy Week Youth Missions
JUN 20: Swing Fore Seminarians


FOR MEN
MAY 7: Morning Retreat
 
FOR WOMEN
MAY 15: Marian Pilgrimage
JUN 17-19: Renuévate for Women
OCT 22-24: Spiritual Exercises for Women


FOR YOUTH
JUN 24-JUL 2: Catholic Boys' Adventure Camp
Challenge & Conquest for girls & boys
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