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

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“You too go into my vineyard!” Ever since the beginning of the mission of Our Lord Jesus Christ, this very invitation has never failed to resound in the course of history. It is addressed to every person who comes into this world. It is being addressed to each of us with a greater urgency today: “You too go into my vineyard!” The “vineyard of God” is a biblical...

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Last Sunday, Jesus’ instruction was about fraternal correction. This week, as we continue to read from Matthew 18, our focus shifts from correcting to forgiving. At the heart of the Gospel is the call to extend mercy to others because God has been so merciful to us. What do we do when someone wrongs us? What if he repeatedly wrongs us? This is Peter’s question to...

Our Lady of Sorrows

Mothers often carry sorrow in their hearts; sorrow is an inescapable aspect of maternal love. Mary, who loves more, therefore also has more sorrow. With today’s feast, which goes naturally with yesterday’s celebration of the Exaltation of the Cross, we join our Sorrowful Mother at the foot of the Cross. We share in her love for Jesus and in the fruit of her union...

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The New Testament is full of references to the Cross. The first mention of it is in Jesus’ instructions to the Twelve, where he makes a negative statement: “Whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me” (Mt 10:38). A few chapters later, he puts it positively, reemphasizing the importance of the cross in the life of every disciple,...

Companion Feasts: The Exaltation of the Holy Cross and Our Lady of Sorrows

Fr. Francis Marino, Founder of the Anawim Community, often spoke of how the Liturgy constantly teaches and forms us. This profound process of “liturgical formation” takes place not only through each day’s readings and prayers, but also through the orderly arrangement of the feasts and seasons. In the month of September, the Church celebrates two feasts that clearly...

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.