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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.

The Power of Rest: Homily for Thursday, July 20, 2017

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Readings for Today

Today the focus is on rest.  It can be easy to overlook just how important it is to rest.  We live in a culture where rest is not always valued.  We are expected to be productive.  Rest can seem like a waste of time.  We are expected to be available for work.  Rest can take us away from work.

But Jesus was the primary example of rest.  He often went away, sometimes at the height of his popularity.  He called the disciples to go away with him.  Rest.  Pray.  Get in touch again with the God who called them.  Get to know again what really is important about themselves and others.  For some, summer can be that time to re-create.  We can take a vacation.  Maybe we go on a retreat.  But in all the busy activity of our lives, we can never become so busy that we lose sight of God and his place in our lives.

Homework: Homily for Thursday, July 13, 2017

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Readings for Today

Consider the call in today’s gospel.  “Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, drive out demons.”  This is quite the homework.  Thank goodness that like any good teacher, Jesus gives help.  We are never on our own.  We live in the Spirit, we receive grace, we have God’s love.

What does this mean for us? That even if we face hardship, persecution, difficulty or suffering, we will never do so alone.  God is always with us.  And remember: nothing is impossible with God.

Daily prayer for July 12, 2017

Lord, Father all-powerful and ever-living God, I thank You, for
even though I am a sinner, your unprofitable servant, not
because of my worth but in the kindness of your mercy,
You have fed me with the Precious Body & Blood of Your Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ.
I pray that this Holy Communion may not bring me
condemnation and punishment but forgiveness and salvation.
May it be a helmet of faith and a shield of good will.
May it purify me from evil ways and put an end to my evil passions.
May it bring me charity and patience, humility and obedience,
and growth in the power to do good.
May it be my strong defense against all my enemies, visible and invisible, and the perfect calming of all my evil impulses,
bodily and spiritual.
May it unite me more closely to you, the One true God, and lead me
safely through death to everlasting happiness with You.
And I pray that You will lead me, a sinner, to the banquet where you,
with Your Son and holy Spirit, are true and perfect light, total fulfillment, everlasting joy, gladness without end, and perfect
happiness to your saints. grant this through Christ our Lord,

Amen.

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