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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (LUKE 11:5-13)

(Week 27 of the year: Thursday)

ASK, AND IT WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU.

Jesus said to his disciples: “Suppose one of you has a friend and goes to him in the middle of the night to say, ‘My friend, lend me three loaves, because a friend of mine on his travels has just arrived at my house and I have nothing to offer him’; and the man answers from inside the house, ‘Do not bother me. The door is bolted now, and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up to give it to you.’ I tell you, if the man does not get up and give it him for friendship’s sake, persistence will be enough to make him get up and give his friend all he wants.

So I say to you: Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For the one who asks always receives; the one who searches always finds; the one who knocks will always have the door opened to him. What father among you would hand his son a stone when he asked for bread? Or hand him a snake instead of a fish? Or hand him a scorpion if he asked for an egg? If you then, who are evil, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 
 

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PRESSING NEEDS – MISCELLANEOUS PRAYERS TO ST ANTHONY

Let us pray: O God, you give joy to your Church by celebrating the feast of blessed Anthony, your confessor and doctor; ever strengthen it by spiritual aid, so that it may be found worthy to enjoy eternal happiness. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Dear St Anthony, you took the words of Jesus seriously: “Be perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect.” The Church honours you as a Christian hero, a man wholly dedicated to God’s glory and the good of the redeemed. St Anthony, model of perfection, ask Jesus to strengthen my good dispositions and to make me more like you, more like Him. Obtain for me the other favours I need (name them). Amen.

Glorious St Anthony, you were prompt to fulfil all justice. You gave God and His creation the service He required from you. You respected other people’s rights and treated them with kindness and understanding. St Anthony, zealous for justice, teach me the beauty of this virtue. Make me prompt to fulfil all justice toward God and toward all creation. Help me also in my pressing needs (name them). Amen.

Dear St Anthony, comforting the sorrowful is a Christian duty and a work of mercy. By word, attitude, and deed I should try to brighten their days and make their burden easier to bear. St Anthony, Consoler of the Afflicted, may I remember when helping someone in sorrow that I am helping Christ Himself. Kindly mention my pressing needs to Him (name your special requests). Amen.

 

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28th JULY, GOSPEL READING (LUKE 11:1-13)

Once Jesus was in a certain place praying, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

He said to them, “Say this when you pray: ‘Father, may your name be held holy, your kingdom come; give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive each one who is in debt to us. And do not put us to the test.'”

He also said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend and goes to him in the middle of the night to say, ‘My friend, lend me three loaves because a friend of mine on his travels has just arrived at my house and I have nothing to offer him;’ and the man answers from inside the house, ‘Do not bother me. The door is bolted now, and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up to give it to you.’ I tell you, if the man does not get up and give it him for friendship’s sake, persistence will be enough to make him get up and give his friend all he wants.

So I say to you: Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For the one who asks always receives; the one who searches always finds; the one who knocks will always have the door opened to him. What father among you would hand his son a stone when he asks for bread? Or hand him a snake instead of a fish? Or hand him a scorpion if he asked for an egg? If you then, who are evil, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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PLEASE DO NOT SAY, O MERCIFUL VIRGIN, THAT YOU CAN NOT HELP ME…

Please do not say, O merciful Virgin, that you can not help me, for your beloved Son has given you all power in heaven and on earth. Do not say that you ought not to assist me, for you are the Mother of all the poor children of Adam, and mine in particular.

Since, then, O merciful Virgin, you are my Mother and you are all powerful, what excuse can you offer if you do not lend me assistance? See, Mother, see, you are obliged to grant me what I ask, and to yield to my entreaties.
– St Francis de Sales

(Now mention your request. Please pray for nine days as a novena and add nine Hail Marys every day.)

 

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