What A Connection!!

What town was Jesus born in?

Bethlehem, the name Bethlehem means “house of bread.”

What was Jesus’ first bed?

A manger, a manger is a feeding trough.

The connection?

It’s the Eucharist, of course!

The “Bread that came down from heaven,” revealed in the “house of bread” and laid in a feeding trough for the world to be “fed”.

God does nothing by accident!

Merry Christmas, everyone!


What Money Can Buy

Money can buy:  

  • A bed but not sleep.
  • Books but not brains.
  • Food but not appetite.
  • Finery but not beauty.
  • A house but not a home.
  • Medicine but not health.
  • Luxuries but not culture.
  • Amusement but not happiness.
  • A crucifix but not a Savior.
  • A church pew but not heaven.

What money can’t buy, Jesus Christ can give freely, without charge.


Thanks to Father Ken Gehling, Chaplain of the Knights of Cloumbus Council 1006, Mason City, Iowa.

A Very Special Thanksgiving Invitation

A chance for all Christians to come together in prayer: 

NEW YORK, November 1, 2007–You and your family are invited to begin this Thanksgiving by signing a very special pledge–to pray for the end of extreme poverty: To offer The Counting Prayer each and everyday until the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are met.

The Counting Prayer: “The world now has the means to end extreme poverty, we pray we will have the will.”

The counter on the countingprayers.org website will document the tens of thousands, then millions, then billions of prayers to end extreme poverty. “With the repetition of prayers, hearts will open, souls will listen, and the world will change”, says Denn, “We can end extreme poverty in our time.”

In 1967 the Union of Concerned Scientists published a report stating that the world has the resources and wealth necessary to assure that no person need live in abject poverty. In today’s terms this would mean living on under $2 a day. “What if every person of faith prayed everyday for the will to end extreme poverty? What if every congregation prayed for the same will at every worship service? Would our prayers be answered? Would elected officials honor their fellow congregants’ will? Would innovators come up with creative ways to find new sustainable income sources where there now are none? Would we ourselves find ways of getting more involved with our global neighbors? Where there is a way, is there not a will?”, asks Jon Denn author of The Counting Prayer.

The MDGs were established in 2000 when 188 nations (including the United States) agreed that the eight humanitarian goals would be halfway accomplished by 2015, addressing issues such as hunger, education, gender equality, child mortality, women’s health, diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria, and environmental sustainability. Since then only five countries are keeping their Millennium Promise: Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. Everyday 50,000 people die from preventable causes. “So, it is especially important to bear witness to our government’s broken millennium promises. If we persons of faith have the will to end extreme poverty, we can convince our leaders to be good to their word”, says Denn. “Ending extreme poverty is not a partisan issue–it is a moral imperative.”

Since the inaugural prayer was offered on 9/23/07 at the historic St. Paul’s Chapel at Ground Zero in New York City over 30,000 prayers have been tallied on the countingprayers.org counter–a vigilant and virtual witness to the rising will to end extreme poverty. Just after the first prayer, St. Paul’s Chapel and countingprayers.org invited every individual, and every congregation in every faith in every country to sign the pledge to offer The Counting Prayer everyday, and/or at every worship service until the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are met. “We now invite every family, beginning this Thanksgiving, to sign the pledge to offer The Counting Prayer everyday until the MDGs are met”, says Denn.

“There are a multitude of ways to get involved through your own faith tradition, advocacy groups, and nonprofit/NGOs that have established distribution channels and methods. First, sign The Counting Prayers Pledge, then invite your clergy to sign the pledge to offer The Counting Prayer at every worship service, join a legislative alert system through ONE.org and Bread.org, write letters to your elected officials, buy a bednet to help prevent malaria through MillenniumPromise.org, sponsor a child through The Plan, Save the Children, or World Vision, and don’t forget to ask your neighbors to do the same”, says Denn. “This is our time to lead, this is our generation’s greatest challenge: How can we not respond with prayer, advocacy, and action?”

For more information you can contact Jon Denn, Co-Director at the Trinity Conference Center in West Cornwall, CT at (860) 672-1000 or info@countingprayers.org.