May 3, 2003
Toward the end of March, with our nation at war, the Rev. Ignacio Castuera, pastor of St. John's United Methodist Church in Watts, stood in the pulpit and told his congregation, "The most important and first thing we can do as a religious people is to go to our knees and pray." Thursday was a day that calls us, as a nation, to prayer. It was our annual National Day of Prayer. The tradition of setting aside a day for prayer is older than our nation.
December 21, 2004
Give grandmother a 'b' for 'band!' As a concerned grandmother, whose grandson is a member of the Newport Harbor High School marching band, it seems to me that the well-deserving football team gets all the accolades while the band plays its heart out with no acknowledgment. It's time to give them some credit. The football team and the band need each other. MARGARET MCKENZIE Newport Beach Slocum's name better without Rodman link Regarding the Pilot's Saturday story, "Rodman's club takes on new look, owner's name," I think changing the name of the restaurant Josh Slocum's to Rodman's is a great idea.
December 22, 2004
Players' prayer was a great scene To Steve Joslin, regarding the 2004 Newport Harbor Football team and his Dec. 15 "Huddling for prayer" letter, please forgive us for creating a culture of adults with the hardness of heart to publicly criticize young men calling out to God in humility, thanksgiving and in raw human emotion. Contrary to those who reinterpret our Constitution to further their own agenda of a Godless society, this country was founded upon the principles of religious freedom, not the exclusion of faith from public life.
May 10, 2003
"Prayer is for the religious life what original research is for science -- by it we get direct contact with reality. We pray because we were made for prayer, and God draws us out by breathing himself in." -- P.T. FORSYTH Last Thursday was a great day in many ways. It was the first of the month, it was the first of May, and it was May Day. I love May Day. When I was young, my friends and family members often gave or received May baskets, May flowers or big tasty May cookies.
January 16, 2003
Vanguard kicks off semester with prayer While most college students would be praying for winter break to continue, scholars at Vanguard University are taking a different approach. Vanguard University will host a community day of prayer today to kick off the spring semester, and is dedicating 24 hours to unite as a body and worship God's wisdom, officials said. The day will begin with chapel at 9:30 a.m. today, when students, staff and faculty will proceed with the walk of prayer around the parameter of the school and civic center.
November 4, 2000
"Let there be no limit to what we take to God in prayer, so that there may be no limit to God's reign and rule in all of life." -- Roger Hazelton A friend of mine has a wooden plaque with the words "Life is fragile, handle with prayer" carved into it. I love that sentence because it reminds me not only to pray daily, but that there truly is power in prayer. That phrase made me think back to last spring when I participated in a National Day of Prayer ceremony.
July 25, 2004
Thursday's Senior Golden Wedding Ceremony on the Heritage Stage at the Orange County Fair involved many couples from around Southern California. It was refreshing to see couples that have been able to make their marriages last for more than 50 years, especially with our country's high divorce rates. While watching the ceremony, the feelings these people had for their spouses was evident in their eyes and in the expressions they made to each other. At the end of the reading of the vows, the pastor led them in a group prayer.
December 19, 2004
Frank X. Muscatello The two letters, "Public game an improper place for private prayer" and "God doesn't have a favorite team" published in Friday's edition of the Daily Pilot Mailbag are perfect examples of so-called "grown-ups" in a frenzy to have their opinions expressed and imposed without full knowledge of the facts surrounding the incident that they are addressing. In the first letter, writer Larry Platt posed the following questions: Why is the Newport Harbor football team "huddling" for prayer?
June 12, 2010
Has God ever failed to answer your prayers? As a religious and/or spiritual leader in the community you likely have preached about the power of prayer, but can you honestly describe one instance from your personal experience when you did not get what you prayed for? Did that disappointment shake your faith in the concept of an almighty being, and how did you overcome this? As Patton’s army entered Belgium, inclement weather slowed the advance. Patton ordered the chaplain to write a prayer for good weather.
January 10, 2000
Amy R. Spurgeon More than 14,000 Muslims gathered together Saturday to celebrate the end of Ramadan at the Orange County Fairgrounds -- the largest gathering in the county and the first time in at least five years that the celebration has been in Costa Mesa. In a day of celebration called Eid al-Fitr, they gathered in community prayer, reflecting on the past month spent fasting between sunrise and sunset as a sign of self-discipline and self-control.