Lord, as we begin these moments of prayer and meditation in the light of your Word,
We ask the Lord the help of the Holy Spirit.
May His Holy Fire engulf us in His love.
May His Holy Word instruct us and inform us.
O God, may you open our minds, our understanding and above all, our will to your call.
May your Word fill our daily living with LIFE.
May our hearts be afire with the desire to love you and serve you.
May we seek above all to imitate the life of prayer and sacrifice of Jesus, your Son.
Help us to seek you in every moment and be willing to give up all worldly allures to serve you.
Give us a heart open to praise you, open to hear you and open to follow you.
Help us have a submissive heart like Mother Mary’s Immaculate Heart to abandon ourselves more fully to you, Lord.
Our Father, Hail Mary,
Glory be.Glory be.
July 23, 2015, Thursday St. Bridget
Read: Ex. 19:1-11 Mt 13:10-17
“Blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear.” (Mt. 13:16-17)
True conversion to Jesus requires a rejection of our old self and the ‘putting on’ of His way. His teachings come from Him to us through His Holy Catholic Church.
Many ‘Catholics’ read speculative material that does not encourage their faith, morals, or community. Many do so out of some notion that they already know all the teachings of the Catholic Church.
One scourge on the Church in the First World is the plethora of splinter groups calling themselves Catholic. These groups encourage others to skirt the Church’s teachings: on religious education, on devotional practices, on moral principals, etc. Others chase after some elusive idea that ‘before the Council…’ everything was wonderful, joining some splinter group crying against all that is new. They see nothing worthwhile after 1965. To them, the church is on a downward spiral. With these kinds of mentalities, we all lose.
“Many… longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”
We need to learn, see, experience and love the Lord together in the richness of our common Catholic heritage and traditions.
Reflection and commentary
Psalm 133: “How good it is, how pleasant, where the people dwell as one!”
St. Bridget, d. 1373 in Rome; born in Sweden; mother of eight; mystic, prophet and foundress of the Order of the Most Holy Savior; sought an end to the luxury and dissipation of the Avignon papacy and the return of the pope to Rome; patroness of Sweden.
PRAYERS OF PETITION
From the 24th to the 31st of July
With these “A Few Minutes of Prayer in the Home — Koinonía Logos” we come together, no matter how separated by the miles, as one voice in our chain of prayer. We pray to the Lord.
- You have overcome the world through your meekness and gentleness as shown through the power of your Son’s sacrifice. Help us to imitate His willingness to suffer for your will. We pray to the Lord.
- Defend our military men and women and give them great discernment to do your holy will at all times. Make them act justly and exercise great restraint with the enormous power for good at their fingertips. We pray to the Lord.
- You called us to share the burden of ministry, of work in the kingdom of Earth. Help us to see the dignity of each person and realize that everyone is a candidate for true holiness and sanctity. We pray to the Lord.
- There is power in ministry — a power that comes from your Spirit to help us to perform the tasks at hand — to teach and preach and to love in difficult circumstances. Guide us to your Spirit. We pray to the Lord.
- Death is the ticket to life. The cross is the ticket to joy. The last shall be first…. Strengthen our belief and make us ready. We pray to the Lord.
(Add your own petitions)
OUR PRAYER: You are all we need. We thank you and praise you. AMEN.