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MISSION PRAYER

MISSION PRAYER

MISSION PRAYER OF BLESSED JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

Dear Jesus, help me to spread Your love everywhere I go.
Flood my soul with Your Spirit and Life.
Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly
that my life may be a radiance of Yours.
Shine through me and be so in me
that every soul I come in contact with may
feel Your presence in my soul.
Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus!

Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as You shine,
so to shine as to be a light to others.
The light, O Jesus, will be all from You; none of it will be mine.
It will be You, shining on others through me.
Let me thus praise You in the way You love best,
by shining on those around me.
Let me preach You without preaching,
not by my words but by my example,
by the catching force,
the sympathetic influence of what I do,
the evident fullness of the love my heart bears for You.

Amen.

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Posted by on October 26, 2017 in Prayers for Today

 

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“TRUTH ISN’T A RAG YOU THROW IN SOMEONE’S FACE”

OUR EFFORTS TO HEAL THE WOUNDS OF SOCIETY WILL DEPEND ON OUR CAPACITY TO LOVE AND TO BE FAITHFUL TO OUR MISSION

“Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston has said in an address to the Knights of Columbus that truth is a ‘warm cape’ to strengthen a person, not a ‘wet rag’ thrown in their face.

He was giving the keynote address at the Knights of Columbus supreme convention in San Antonio,Texas. The Knights of Columbus, founded in 1888, is the largest Catholic lay organisation in the world, with 1,8 million members.

In his address, which focused on the new evangelisation under Pope Francis, he said that ‘truth is not a wet rag that you throw in someone’s face, but a warm cape you wrap around a person to protect and strengthen them’.

‘MERCY AND TRUTH’

He cited the post-abortion ministry Project Rachel as being the kind of combination of mercy and truth that the Church’s pro-life efforts need to be about.

‘Our efforts to heal the wounds of society will depend on our capacity to love and to be faithful to our mission,’ the cardinal insisted.

He said Pope Francis was challenging Catholics to ’embrace the new evangelisation with new ardour, with new boldness and with great love for all those who God places in our path. He is calling on all of us to be missionaries in our own communities.

‘In this new millennium, business as usual is not enough. We must be a team of missionaries, moving from a maintenance mode to a missionary one,’ he said.

He told his listeners that they must ask themselves: ‘What does it mean to live in a culture of unbelief; a culture which does not even know it does not believe because it still lives on the residue of Christian civilisation?’

Cardinal O’Malley added: ‘Pope Francis is ever warning against a self-referential Church turned in on itself. He tells us to open the doors…so that we can go out and invite.

‘MUCH MORE THAN A HEAD TRIP’

The cardinal emphasised that being a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ in the Catholic Church ‘is much more than a head trip’. It is a way of life together, and the whole person is engaged in the process, he said.

THE CATHOLIC WAY OF LIFE

Education for the journey must therefore be experiental, personal, engaging and life-giving, he added. ‘We learn discipleship the way we learn a language, by being part of a community that speaks that language.’ The Boston archbishop stressed that young Catholics must be mentored in the faith by others, either peers or older Catholics who are walking the walk.

GOODNESS AND TENDERNESS IS A SIGN OF STRENGTH OF SPIRIT

‘In today’s world, we must promote the Catholic way of life, which is increasingly alien in the secular world, where our concern about unborn children or the sacredness of marriage makes us appear quaint and even nettlesome,’ he explained.

According to the cardinal, Pope Francis is calling on Catholics to embrace the vision of reality that is the Church’s faith and that values each and every human being, and stresses responsibility to love and serve each other, especially the most vulnerable.

The word that Pope Francis repeats over and over, he said, is ‘tenerezza’, or tenderness.

In his inaugural Mass on the feast of St Joseph, Cardinal O’Malley recalled, the Pontiff spoke about protecting people, showing loving concern for each and every person, especially children, the elderly, those in need. The Pope said: ‘We must not be afraid of goodness or tenderness.’

Cardinal O’Malley said: ‘He points to the heart of Joseph, his tenderness which is not the virtue of the weak but a sign of strength of spirit and a capacity for concern and compassion, for genuine openness to others, for love.’

WE LOVE PEOPLE

Noting that ‘some people think that the Holy Father should talk more about abortion’, Cardinal O’Malley said he thinks Pope Francis ‘speaks of love and mercy to give people the context for the Church’s teaching on abortion. We oppose abortion, not because we are mean or old-fashioned, but because we love people. And that is what we must show the world.’

He continued: ‘We must be better people; we must love all people, even those who advocate abortion. It is only if we love them that we will be able to help them discover the sacredness of life.'”
– This article was published in “The Catholic Herald” issue August 16 2013. For subscriptions please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk

 
 

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10th JULY, GOSPEL READING (MATTHEW 10:1-7)

GO TO THE LOST SHEEP OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL.

Jesus summoned his twelve disciples, and gave them authority over unclean spirits with power to cast them out and to cure all kinds of diseases and sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, the one who was to betray him. These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them as follows: “Do not turn your steps to pagan territory, and do not enter any Samaritan town; go rather to the lost sheep of the House of Israel. And as you go, proclaim that the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.”

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

 

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TODAY’S BIBLE READING (ACTS 14:19-28)

THEY GAVE AN ACCOUNT TO THE CHURCH OF ALL THAT GOD HAD DONE WITH THEM.

Some Jews arrived from Antioch and Iconium, and turned the people against the apostles. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the town, thinking he was dead. The disciples came crowding round him but, as they did so, he stood up and went back to the town. The next day he and Barnabas went off to Derbe.

Having preached the Good News in that town and made a considerable number of disciples, they went back through Lystra and Iconium to Antioch. They put fresh heart into the disciples, encouraging them to persevere in the faith. “We all have to experience many hardships,” they said “before we enter the kingdom of God.” In each of these churches they appointed elders, and with prayer and fasting they commended them to the Lord in whom they had come to believe.

They passed through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia. Then after proclaiming the word at Perga they went down to Attalia and from there sailed for Antioch, where they had originally been commended to the grace of God for the work they had now completed.

On their arrival they assembled the church and gave an account of all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith to the pagans. They stayed there with the disciples for some time.

V. The word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

 

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BETWEEN 17 AND 32? ARE YOU INTERESTED IN A GAP YEAR ON MISSION?

GAP YEAR ON MISSION

If you are a young person between the ages of 17-32 who has the heart to serve the poor, if you wish to discern your vocation and deepen your spiritual life during your gap year, we invite you to join in our mission. Our Charism can be summarised as “Giving to the poor the riches of the Church”. The pillars of our charism are the Eucharistic life, total fidelity to the Magisterium of the Pore and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. We want to serve the poor according to the spirituality of the Servant of Yahweh, achieved through meditation on our spiritual rule, The Imitation of Christ.

For a registration form or more information, please contact:
Missionary Servants of the Poor of the Third World
P.O. Box 1112, St Albans AL1 9TE, email: msptw.uk@gmail.com
Please note that the place will only be confirmed upon receipt of registration form.

 

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