International World Day of Prayer
Mabuhay! Come to the circle and tell your story!
We pray with the Church and the World
From the words of Pope Francis: When properly understood, cultural diversity is not a threat to Church unity. The Holy Spirit, sent by the Father and the Son, transforms our hearts and enables us to enter into the perfect communion of the Blessed Trinity, where all things find their unity. He builds up the communion and harmony of the people of God. The same Spirit is that harmony, just as he is the bond of love between the Father and the Son. Evangelii Gaudium # 117
Universal: Respect for Women: That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed.
Evangelization: Holy Rosary: That families, communities, and groups may pray the Holy Rosary for evangelization and peace.
Let us pray for all Mothers—those who bring forth life and those who nurture life in our world. We remember especially those in the USA as they celebrate
Mother’s Day this month.
We pray with the Institute
Let us pray for all those preparing for vows and all those considering Religious Life that God will continue to inspire and empower them with the grace of perseverance, peace, faith and love.
Let us pray in a special way for Lenah Mambo from the Eastern Africa Province who is taking up a new mission in Zambia for the next two years that she will be filled with courage, hope and fulfilling joy in this new mission.
Let us pray in a special way for all the Province Leaders and Institute Leadership as they gather in Llandudno for the ELM meeting. May they be guided and inspired by the Spirit of wisdom and understanding in all their conversations and decisions.
Let us pray for all those IBVM and CJ members participating in the United Nations DPI Conference in Korea that their experience may be enlightening and transforming.
Let us pray for ongoing inspiration in the transforming power of the Calls to be women inspired by the Gospel in the paschal mystery of Jesus.
Thirst by Mary Oliver
Another morning and I wake with thirst for the goodness I do not have.
I walk out to the pond and all the way God has given us such beautiful lessons.
I was never a quick scholar but sulked and hunched over my books past the hour and the bell;
grant me, in your mercy, a little more time.
Love for the earth and love for you are having such a long conversation in my heart.
Who knows what will finally happen or where I will be sent, yet already I have given a great many things away,
expecting to be told to pack nothing,
except the prayers which, with this thirst,
I am slowly learning.
One Small Voice
“What you seek is what you are going to get.
What you expect is what you will
call forth and recognize.
What you are ready for is what will come toward you.
But it has to be in you, first,
or you won’t see it
or recognize it
even when it’s right in front of you.”
“Be convinced that God will always give you what you need.” Mary Ward