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PRAYER FOR CATECHISTS

PRAYER FOR CATECHISTS

LET THEM COME TO ME, FOR OF SUCH IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.

O Jesus, Friend of children, Who from thy most tender years didst grow visibly in wisdom and in grace before God and men; Who at the age of twelve east seated in the Temple, in the midst of the doctors, listening to them attentively, asking them questions, and exciting their admiration by the prudence and wisdom of thy discourse; Who didst receive so willingly the children, blessing them and saying to thy disciples: “Let them come to Me, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven,” inspire me as thou didst inspire Blessed Peter Canisius, model and guide of the perfect Catechist, with a profound respect and a holy affection for childhood, a taste and a marked devotion for instructing them in Christian doctrine, a special aptitude in making them understand its mysteries, and love its beauties. I ask this of thee, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

[300 days, once a day. – Pius X., March 15th, 1906.]

– St Anthony’s Treasury, Laverty & Sons, Leeds, 1916

 

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“WATCH OVER YOUR PEOPLE” – INTERCESSIONS THROUGH ST JOHN BOSCO

Let us pray through the intercession of Saint John Bosco:

R. Watch over your people and guide them!

For the young and those who form and educate them:
– be their light, O Lord. (R.)

For troubled youth and those physically, morally, or spiritually endangered by their environment:
– be their life, O Lord. (R.)

For children and young people who have been abused or abandoned:
– be their help, O Lord. (R.)

For all Christian teachers and all who administer programmes of Christian formation:
– be their foundation, O Lord.

(Personal intentions)

Our Father…

May the Lord our God bless us in all the work that our hands undertake. (cf. Dt 14:19)

 
 

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WHENEVER MONEY AND WORLDLINESS TAKE HOLD OF US WE LOSE OUR IDENTITY AS HUMAN BEINGS

“Whenever material things, money, worldliness, become the centre of our lives, they take hold of us, they possess us; we lose our very identity as human beings.” (Pope Francis)

“Being a catechist is about teaching the faith in its entirety and putting Christ – not oneself – on centre stage, Pope Francis told catechists from around the world.

Catechists ‘are people who keep the memory of God alive; they keep it alive in themselves and they are able to revive it in others,’ he said in his homily.

The Pope spoke during a special Mass in St Peter’s Square for hundreds of catechists who were in Rome for an international congress hosted by the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation.

He said a catechist who teaches the faith to be ‘at the service of proclamation, not to be important, not to talk about himself or herself, but to talk about God, about His love and His fidelity.’

They also speak about and ‘transmit all that God has revealed, that is, the doctrine in its totality, neither adding nor subtracting anything’, he said.

THE POPE WARNS AGAINST FORGETTING ABOUT GOD

The Pope warned against forgetting about God. ‘If we don’t think about God, everything ends up being about ‘me’ and my own comfort.’

The real meaning of life, the importance of other people, ‘all of these become unreal, they no longer matter, everything boils down to one thing: having,’ he said.

‘Whenever material things, money, worldliness, become the centre of our lives, they take hold of us, they possess us; we lose our very identity as human beings,’ he said.

He reminded his audience that ‘we are made in God’s image and likeness, not that of material objects, not that of idols.’

In an earlier audience with catechists, the Pope said the Church needs good catechists, who love Christ, live out the Gospel in their lives and courageously go to the margins of society to share the gift of faith with others.

‘Let us follow him, imitate him in his dynamic of love, of going to others, and let’s go out, open the doors, have the audacity to strike out new paths to proclaim the Gospel,’ he said.”
– This article entitled “Put Christ centre stage, pontiff tells catechists” was published in “The Catholic Universe” issue Sunday 6th October 2013. For subscriptions please visit http://www.thecatholicuniverse.com (external link).

 
 

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