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Christ the King

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Susan Daily IBVM

On the feast of Christ, the king and centre of our lives, invites us to bring that part of our hearts that is afflicted or in need to the heart of Jesus. So what would happen if I invite Jesus into that part of myself where I experience doubt and shame and fear? What difference would there be if I let Jesus transform my anxieties and fears precisely through his life-giving mercy and holy compassion? And could it be that my own heart and soul become healed when I extend the compassion of Jesus, the mercy and hope of Jesus to those I live with and work with, to those I meet at work and on the street, or wherever my daily routine takes me? Come, Lord Jesus, let me be your hands and heart; help me share your mercy and compassion!               http://jesuitprayer.org/

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April HOP 2016

English HOP 2016             Spanish hop 2016

Earth

We pray with the Church and the World

  • That small farmers may receive a just reward for their precious labour.

Pope Francis has told farmers that in a world marked by wastefulness and extreme climate change, they have the important vocation of caring for the earth and providing for all of humanity. “Care for the earth, making alliance with it, in order that it may continue to be, as God wants, the source of life for the entire human family,”

  •  Evangelization: That Christians in Africa may give witness to love and faith in Jesus Christ amid political-religious conflicts.
  • 2nd April World Autism Awareness Day: Acknowledging vulnerability and fragility…. We pray that in all our ministries, children and adults with disabilities may enjoy a full and decent life, in conditions which ensure dignity, promote self reliance and full enjoyment of human rights on an equal basis with others.
  • 22nd April International Mother Earth Day: “Every farmer knows well how it becomes more difficult to till the land at a time of accelerated climate change”. We pray to consciously make a difference by our care for the earth.

We pray with the Institute

We pray for Linda Charles our new Province Leader in Mauritius that she and the members of the Mauritian Province may continue to respond with openness to the challenges of our world today.

We remember in prayer all who are persecuted for their faith and have lost their lives as a result of violence and war, especially in Syria, Yemen and Brussels.

We pray for those who have lost their homes and are seeking refuge in other countries.

Together we pray

Call 5: That we may let the calls beckon us to change and stretch us to move across boundaries…be it mentally, physically or psychologically….

Const 2:5 ‘With single-hearted commitment of love, we willingly accept availability and mobility…holding ourselves open to undertake in obedience whatever is for the greater glory of God and the good of our neighbour’.

Const 2:9 ‘We commit ourselves to building right relations with the earth and all creation allowing ourselves and our ministries to be transformed by what this demands.’

The Opening of Eyes

That day I saw beneath dark clouds the passing light over the water and I heard the voice of the world speak out,

I knew then, as I had before life is no passing memory of what has been nor the remaining pages in a great book waiting to be read.

It is the opening of eyes long closed.

It is the vision of far off things seen for the silence they hold.

It is the heart after years of secret conversing speaking out loud in the clear air.

It is Moses in the desert fallen to his knees before the lit bush.

It is the man throwing away his shoes as if to enter heaven and finding himself astonished, opened at last, fallen in love with solid ground.

David Whyte
from Songs for Coming Home

Pope

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January 2016 HOP

God of mercy
English January HOP

We pray with the Church and the World 

Many question in their hearts: why a Jubilee of Mercy today?  Simply because the Church, in this time of great historical change, is called to offer more evident signs of God’s  presence and closeness.  This is not the time to be distracted; on the contrary, we need to be vigilant and to reawaken in ourselves the capacity to see what is essential.  This is a time for the Church to rediscover the meaning of the mission entrusted to her by the Lord on the day of Easter: to be a sign and an instrument of the Father’s mercy (cf. Jn 20:21-23).

For this reason, the Holy Year must keep alive the desire to know how to welcome the  numerous signs of the tenderness which God offers to the whole world and, above all, to those who suffer, who are alone and abandoned, without hope of being pardoned or feeling the Father’s love;  a Holy Year to experience strongly within ourselves the joy of having been found by Jesus, the Good Shepherd who has come in search of us because we were lost; a Jubilee to receive the warmth of his love when he bears us upon his shoulders and brings us back to the Father’s house; a year in which to be touched by the Lord Jesus and to be transformed by his mercy, so that we may become witnesses to mercy.

Here, then, is the reason for the Jubilee: because this is the time for mercy.  It is the  favourable time to heal wounds, a time not to be weary of meeting all those who are waiting to see and to touch with their hands the signs of the closeness of God, a time to offer everyone the way of forgiveness and reconciliation.
May the Mother of God open our eyes, so that we may comprehend the task to which we have been called; and may she obtain for us the grace to experience this Jubilee of Mercy as faithful and fruitful witnesses of Christ.
Pope Francis: Homily for Divine Mercy Vespers 

Let us Remember:  All the victims of war, violence, immigrants, trafficked persons, homeless,  marginalized, and all the people we promised to pray for…

We Pray with the Institute

On 23rd January  D.Vimala Jenifer, Nirmala Toppo,  Noela Tamang, Babina Lepcha, Anima Kerketta, Maxima Toppo, prayerMariam Ekka, Madhuri Lakra, Kirubina Tigga, Anu Anet Lepcha and Lily Grace Soreng will pronounce their First Vows in Kolkata.
We pray with and for them that God’s blessing will be with them as they continue on this journey of covenant love and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus. May the whole Institute be a guiding light and witness to their commitment.

We pray for God’s blessing on Nirmala Minj IBVM from India who will begin her  ministry in the Australian Formation House in Manila  this month.

Let us remember each other in some very personal and tangible way as we pray the Mary Ward 2016 prayers January 23-30.  May each one be aware in an ever-deepening way of our oneness of mind and heart as we pray.

Let us Pray

Pope Francis“In the tender compassion of our God the dawn shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide  our feet into the way of peace.”  (Luke 1: 78-79
Look with mercy on us dear Jesus and help us to grow in your love and  compassion.
Amen.

 

 

One Small Voice One Small Voice

(in bits and pieces)
“I want to think again of dangerous and noble things. I want to be light and frolicsome.  I want to be improbable and beautiful and afraid of nothing as though I had wings.”  Mary Oliver
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.  We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”  Chardin
“What I do is me, for that I came.”  G. Manley Hopkins
“Be convinced that God will always give you what you need.” Mary Ward

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November 2015 House of Prayer

Remember
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Sing a new Church

This is the Church, the vineyard of the Lord, the fertile Mother and the caring Teacher, who is not afraid to roll up her sleeves to pour oil and wine on people’s wound; who doesn’t see humanity as a house of glass to judge or categorize people. This is the Church, One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic and composed of sinners, needful of God’s mercy. This is the Church, the true bride of Christ, who seeks to be faithful to her spouse and to her doctrine. It is the Church that is not afraid to eat and drink with prostitutes and publicans. The Church that has the doors wide open to receive the needy, the penitent, and not only the just or those who believe they are perfect! The Church that is not ashamed of the fallen brother and pretends not to see him, but on the contrary feels involved and almost obliged to lift him up and to encourage him to take up the journey again and accompany him to-ward a definitive encounter with her Spouse, in the heavenly Jerusalem.

Pope Francis Closing of the Synod

We celebrate with the World:

November 6th International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict: Though mankind has always counted its war casualties in terms of dead and wounded soldiers and civilians, destroyed cities and livelihoods, the environment has often remained the unpublicized victim of war. Water wells have been polluted, crops torched, forests cut down, soils poisoned, and animals killed to gain military advantage.

November 10th is the UN World Science Day for Peace and Development in order to encourage all the nations for a responsible use of science for the benefit of society and in particular for the eradication of poverty and for human security.

November 16th is the UN International Day for Tolerance. The Declaration affirms that tolerance is neither indulgence nor indifference. It is respect and appreciation of the rich variety of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human.

We Remember

All of our women of faith who have been called into eternal life. They passed on the witness of Mary Ward. We rejoice, we celebrate and we give thanks.

The province of Eastern Africa as they celebrate the First Profession of Eunice Njeri Ndabih, Maria Nyamusi Nyachieo, Maureen Ann Wanyora, Nancy W.Mugo, Olivia Oswald Nestory, Rainer B.Boniface, Roselyne Bomareri Ayienda, Tumusiime Mary Santrina on the 21st. Let us pray in thanksgiving for this new stage in their lives.

Our sisters in South Sudan who will have Igora and Macarena with them at the beginning of this month. Let’s pray for our Mission in Rumbek and for Colette Deasy who will join the community this month.

Thinking:

“When we learn how to say goodbye we truly learn how to say to ourselves and others: ‘Go, God be with you’”. Joyce Rupp

A Thanksgiving Prayer

by Joyce Rupp

May an abundance of gratitude
burst forth as you reflect
upon what you have received.
May thanksgiving overflow in your heart,
and often be proclaimed in your prayer.
May you gather around the table
of your heart the ardent faithfulness, kindness, and goodness
of each person who is true to you.
May the harvest of your good actions
bring forth plentiful fruit each day.
May you discover
a cache of hidden wisdom
among the people and events
that have brought you distress and sorrow.
May your basket of blessings surprise you
with its rich diversity of gifts
and its opportunities for growth.
May all that nourishes
and resources your life
bring you daily satisfaction
and renewed hope.
May you slow your hurried pace of life
so you can be aware of, and enjoy,
what you too easily take for granted.
May you always be open, willing,
and ready to share
your blessings with others.
May you never forget the Generous One
who loves you lavishly and unconditionally.

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House of Prayer September 2015

House of Prayer September 2015 , English

Casa de Oración 2015 septiembre, español

HOUSE of PRAYER

pray for a flame of: generosity, cheerfulness, forgiveness, openness, trust, perseverance, justice,

courage, fervour, friendship, gratitude, freedom, integrity, discernment, verity, gentleness,

your prayer…

rugheart flame

Let us pray…

Jesus wept… John 11:35; Luke 19: 41

For our world groaning for healing from racism, hate, hunger and poverty, violence, suffering…for all those we promised to pray for.

Jesus saves…John 3: 16

For God so loved the world groaning for sight, faith, hope, grace, joy and mercy… for the many ways we turn from Jesus’ transforming love and for brothers and sisters of other faiths.

Jesus transforms…Luke 18:31 on his way to Jericho he meets Zacchaeus, a tax collector —called into relationship with Christ who reveals to us our best selves. We pray for our Church, our Institute and our world for transforming grace. Let us hold in prayer all those preparing for Tertianship; celebrating Jubilee; preparing for covenant commitment.

A Prayer for our earth

All-powerfulGod,

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 recognise 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.

from, Laudato Si Pope Francis