The Anawim Way

The Anawim Community publishes a periodical booklet of liturgical meditations, Pondering The Word The Anawim Way, to help people make use of the scripture readings from the Mass as the basis for their daily prayer. Many people also use them in their Bible sharing groups.

◊ Follows the Church’s daily liturgical calendar
◊ Daily scripture readings from the Mass
◊ In-depth meditations on the readings; plus reflection questions
◊ Information on the Saint of the day
◊ Used by bishops, priests, religious, and lay people in many countries (click here to see endorsements)
◊ Eight issues per year
◊ Printed in the Philippines

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

We are familiar with the inner circle of Jesus’ followers, the Twelve Apostles. The Gospels recount the ups and downs of their time spent with Jesus, and the Church honors them with liturgical Feast days. But the evangelist Luke, after narrating the sending out of the Twelve in chapter 9, tells us in chapter 10 that there were seventy-two other disciples whom Jesus...

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Our theme for this week is, “Jesus is calling us all to whole-hearted discipleship – a determined commitment to follow him without reserve. Let us put aside our wavering and dedicate our whole life to him, with God’s will as our first priority in everything.” Jesus is calling us, each one of us individually. Jesus is calling me. He says to me today, as he says to...

Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary clearly belong together. They are side by side in the liturgical year, just as the Hearts of Jesus and Mary are often represented side by side in Catholic art. (One well-known example is on the back of the Miraculous Medal.) In such artworks, the two Hearts are remarkably similar in size, shape...

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

We began this week with our annual celebration of Corpus Christi, a feast which honors Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, the very heart of our faith. Today we honor Jesus once more, this time focusing on his Most Sacred Heart. It is a long-standing practice in many cultures to use the image of the “heart” in our attempts to speak about the inner reality of a person,...

Companion Feasts Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart

The Founder of the Anawim Community, Fr. Francis Marino, used to point out that throughout the liturgical year there are a number of “companion feasts” – feasts that are closely associated with each other and that mutually enrich each other. One obvious example of this phenomenon is the two-day celebration that takes place three weeks after Pentecost: the Solemnity...

What makes the Anawim Way a valuable guide for pondering the daily scripture readings is that each day’s readings are followed by a meditation which relates directly to the readings and applies them to our daily lives.

The meditations and the reflection questions help us do what our Blessed Mother Mary does, ponder the mysteries of Christ in our hearts (cf. Luke 2:19, 51). As we are guided to pray from within the heart of the Church, the Church’s official prayer becomes our personal prayer.

We invite you to make Pondering the Word the Anawim Way a part of your prayer life.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions, or for more information about the Anawim Way.