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House of Prayer July 2015

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July 2015

We pray with the Church and the World

Universal: POLITICS

That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity. “For all our limitations, gestures of generosity, solidarity and care cannot but well up within us, since we were made for love.” (Pope Francis Laudato Si 58 )

Evangelization: THE POOR IN LATIN AMERICA

That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.

The rich and the poor have equal dignity, for “the Lord is the maker of them all”… This has practical consequences, such as those pointed out by the bishops of Paraguay: “Every campesino has a natural right to possess a reasonable allotment of land where he can establish his home … This right must be guaranteed so that its exercise is not illusory but real.”  (Pope Francis: Laudato Si 94)

30th July: World Day against Trafficking in Persons

“Let us open our eyes to this crime and our hearts to the victims. It is time to say no to human trafficking.”      (Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon)

We pray with the Institute

  • Let us remember in prayer the CJ and IBVM Sisters who will gather in London 11th July to 1st August to study and reflect on the rich resources on Mary Ward, the history of her time and the history of the Institute.
  • Let us pray for our pupils past and present, lay associates and co-workers especially those who have lost loved ones recently.
  • We pray for our sisters, both CJ and IBVM, in places of conflict and war, disaster and violence.

A JUST SOUL

Just Soul

 

“Let there be peace in the heavens, the Earth, the atmosphere, the water, the herbs, the vegetation, among the diving beings and in Brahman, the absolute reality. Let everything be at peace and in peace. Only then will we find peace.”

Atharva Veda

Call 1

Reclaim the freshness of the Gospel, allowing Jesus to transform our lives

“I saw that the Sermon on the Mount was the whole of Christianity for him who wanted to live a Christian life. It is that Sermon which has endeared Jesus to me… And because the life of Jesus has the significance and the transcendency to which I have alluded, I believe that He belongs not solely to Christianity, but to the entire world, to all races and people – it matters little under what flag, name or doctrine they may work, profess a faith, or worship a God inherited from their ancestors.

(Mahatma Gandhi. Extract taken from “Gandhi’s Jesus” by Peter Gonzales SDB)

Together we pray

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.

You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.

Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty.

Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.

Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it,

That we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.

Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth.

Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation,

To recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.

We thank you for being with us each day. Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.

(A Prayer for our Earth: Pope Francis: Laudato Si)

 

 

 

 

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House of Prayer June 2015

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boat with people“I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”  Mt. 25:35

We pray with the Church and the World

Universal: IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES

“I continue to follow with great concern and suffering in my heart the stories of numerous refugees in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.” (Pope Francis during his May Regina Coeli address)

Pope Francis stressed that today’s world needs men and women who are not closed in themselves, but filled with the Holy Spirit. He underlined that the gift of the Holy Spirit “has been bestowed upon the Church and upon each one of us, so that we may live lives of genuine faith and active charity, that we may sow the seeds of reconciliation and peace.”

We pray for each other that we will exercise these gifts with faith and love and that immigrants and refugees may find welcome and respect in the countries to which they come.

Evangelization: VOCATIONS

That the personal encounter with Jesus may arouse in many young people the desire to offer their own lives in priesthood or consecrated life.

20th June World Refugee Day

“Most of the world’s refugees – 86 per cent – live in the developing world, compared to 70 per cent 10 years ago. Most of these countries have kept their doors open to people in search of safety, and have shown a generosity that is often well beyond their means. I appeal to all Member States and our partners in civil society to do their utmost to support the nations and communities that have welcomed the forcibly displaced into their midst…” Ban Ki-moon

We pray with the Institute

  • We pray for and rejoice with our Sisters Badaralin Majhong, Bernadette Lepcha and Aruna Kujurmaking who will make their Perpetual Profession on the 12th June and Linda Kathrin Mrong who will make her First Profession on 27th June.

That they may give Him all they have and all they need they may find in him.” Mary Ward

  • For the people of Nepal and the areas affected by the earthquake.

 

Just SoulA JUST SOUL has an inner disposition of boundless freedom because she remains in the Lord every single minute and offers the initiative of life to the Lord.

How does this reflect our GC ‘14 calls?

♦Do I have the inner freedom to enable me reclaim the freshness of the Gospel?

♦Do I have that inner freedom to enable me to live sustainably discerning what is enough?

♦What about going where the need is greatest?

♦How do I bring those who are forced to live in poverty to the centre of my life and ministry?

♦Am I ready to move across bounderies?

 

 

 

 

Together we pray

Loving God, we recall that your son, Jesus was a refugee in his infancy.
We remember that the Holy Family was forced to flee into Egypt.
You understand the pain and anguish of those who are forced to leave
their homeland for all sorts of grave reason.

Help us, to understand this experience more fully and to respond with gospel fervour to this enormous social issue of our times.
Grand us wisdom, prudence, and a real sense of loving kindness to understand the heartaches of those who find themselves as asylum seekers, migrants and refugees throughout our world.

Mary, Mother of all migrants and refugees, lead us to your Son Jesus, from whom all blessings flow.
We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.

(Adapted from a Prayer written by Most Rev Christopher Prowse, Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn)