Sunday, April 26, 2015



                Prayer for Vocations

God our Father, we thank you for 
calling men and women to serve in your 
Son’s Kingdom as priests, deacons, and 
consecrated persons. 
Send your Holy Spirit to help others to 
respond generously and courageously 
to your call. 

May our community of faith support 
vocations of sacrificial love in our youth 
and young adults. 

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, 
who lives and reigns with you 
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, forever and ever. 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

EASTER - Papal Thoughts

Our faith is, in fact, “an encounter with Jesus”, and this is precisely “the foundation of faith: I encountered Jesus like Saul”, as offered in the passage from the day’s Reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

Therefore, Francis continued, if one says to himself, “I don’t remember” my encounter with the Lord, it is important to ask for this grace: “Lord, when did I consciously find you? When did you tell me something that changed my life or invite me to take that step forward in life?”. And, the Pope recommended, “this is a fine prayer, do it every day”. Then, when “you remember, rejoice in that recollection, which is a remembrance of love”.

Francis also proposed another fine assignment, which “would be to take up the Gospels” and read again the many accounts there are in order “to see how Jesus encounters the people, how He chooses the apostles”. And realize, perhaps, that some encounters “resemble mine”, for “each one has her own” encounter.

Thus, the Pope offered two practical and concrete suggestions “that will do us good”. First of all “pray and ask for the grace of memory”. Ask ourselves: “When, Lord, was that encounter, that love I had at first?”. In order “not to feel that rebuke that the Lord gives in Revelation: ‘I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first’”.

The Pope’s second suggestion was to “take up the Gospel and see Jesus’ many encounters with so many different people”. It is obvious, he explained, that “the Lord wants to encounter us, He wants the relationship with us to be face-to-face”. For certain, “in our life there was a strong encounter that led us to change our life somewhat and to be better”.

The Eucharist celebration, the Pontiff concluded, is indeed “another encounter with Jesus in order to carry out what we have heard” in the Gospel (Jn 6:52-59): “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him”. Yes, to so abide “in the Lord, let us now go toward this daily encounter”.

2015-04-24 L’Osservatore Romano

Friday, April 24, 2015

EASTER - The Sunday Word

"Let it be known to all of you," he thundered, "and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead."

The power is in the name. Resuscitation, restoration, renewal and rebirth all come from nothing other than a surge of power from the risen Jesus. "There is salvation in no one else," Peter boldly concluded, "for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved."

Peter makes clear in this passage, Jesus is the jolt that is needed to revive us spiritually and to get the Church moving again. The heart of his emphasis is the "name" of Jesus, the moniker that contains Christ's very selfhood, identity and power. Names have always been important in the Judeo-Christian tradition, going back to the link that God made between his name and his actions at the burning bush, where he revealed his holy name to be: "I AM WHO I AM." 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

EASTER - Alongside Mary joy expands

Alongside Mary joy expands. The Son she carries in her womb is the God of joy, of contagious, engaging delight. Mary throws open the doors of her heart and runs to Elizabeth.

In Mary we see that the Church is all who journey together: in the love of those who go out to the most fragile; in the hope of those who know that they will be accompanied in their going out and in the faith of those who have a special gift to share. In Mary each one of us, driven by the wind of the Spirit, fulfils our own vocation to move out!

Star of the new evangelisation,
help us to bear radiant
witness to communion,
service, ardent and generous faith,
justice and love of the poor,
that the joy of the Gospel
may reach to the ends of the earth,
illuminating even the fringes of the world.
Mother of the living Gospel,
wellspring of happiness for God’s little ones,
Pray for us.
Amen. Alleluia!

From "Rejoice: A Letter to Consecrated Men and Women from the Teachings of Pope Francis"
Rome, 2 February 2014
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

EASTER - A Prayer to start the day!

God to enfold me,
God to surround me,

God in my speaking,
God in my thinking,
God in my choosing,
God in my doing,
God in my being,
God in my sleeping,
God in my dreaming,
God in my waking,
God in my watching,
God in my waiting,
God in my caring,
God in my hoping,
God in my life,
God in my lips,
God in my soul,
God in my heart.

Dwell in me, Lord,
and in all I do today:
in every breath
and in every step I take...

Remain in me, Lord:
let no step I take
lead me from you or draw me
away from your path...

Live in me, Lord,
make your home in heart,
deep in my soul, in the peace
only you can give...

- A variation on a Celtic Prayer