Category: Daily Prayer

New Feature: Now You Can Ask for Prayers

We are launching a new feature: you can ask us to pray for you.  From the beginning of creation, religious people have prayed for each other.  From the earliest days of Christianity, the words of Saint Paul in his first letter to the Thessalonians invited Christians to pray unceasingly.  “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thess. 5:16-18)

Limits: Homily for Monday, August 7, 2017

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Readings for Today

We all have a limit.  There are, for each of us, those moments where we have come to the end of our rope.  There is that one bad thing too much, the one challenge too many, the one bad comment.  There comes for all of us that moment where we have had it.  Moses, the great prophet, the Law-giver, has met his limits with the people.  He cannot take it anymore.

Moses lasted a lot longer than I would have.  All the people have done since they left Egypt (where they were slaves) is complain.  They were afraid.  Take us back.  We have no food.  We don’t like this manna.  We want meat.  We hate all this meat.  Take us back.  And, yeah, did I mention they were SLAVES in Egypt?

Spiritually it is easy to see when someone hits their limits.  We hit our limits when we try to do everything on our own.  Just work harder, we think.  Just do more.  The apostles hit their limits too.  Feed them yourselves.  Jesus teaches a lesson about true food.  Trust me.  Let me show you how God feeds people when God is in charge.

Daily Prayer: July 22, 2017

St Mary Magdalene, you came with springing tears to the spring of mercy, Christ; from him your burning thirst was abundantly refreshed through him your sins were forgiven; by him your bitter sorrow was consoled.

My dearest lady, well you know by your own life how a sinful soul can be reconciled with its creator, what counsel a soul in misery needs, what medicine will restore the sick to health.

It is enough for us to understand, dear friend of God, to whom were many sins forgiven, because she loved much.

Most blessed lady, I who am the most evil and sinful of men do not recall your sins as a reproach, but call upon the boundless mercy by which they were blotted out.

Daily Prayer for Thursday, July 20

A prayer for rest

O God, 

you have given us the power to do many things.  Sometimes we can become so busy with activity that we forget to take time to step away and rest.  You reminded the disciples often of this need.  Help us to rest, so that we might remember again those things that are really important.  Help us to relax, and so recharge ourselves by opening up to the power of rest.  Help us always to remember to value those moments of rest, whether it is vacation, a day off, or even just a small break.  Help us to make a retreat, either great or small, so that we can come to know you better.  Help us to remember that value that the people in our lives have.  Let us never become so busy we forget them.  Help us always to be open to your priorities in our lives.  Lead us away for a while with you.  We ask this in the name of Jesus, who is Lord, forever and ever.  Amen.

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