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Monthly Archives: January 2016

Mary Ward – 25th January

Prayer for Mary Ward’s beatification 25

 

God, Giver of all that is good,
we thank you for giving Mary Ward
to the Church and to all people.

Impelled by the fire of your love
she did not shrink from risks,
labours or sufferings.
She lived and worked for your greater glory
and for the good of the Church,
for the propagation of faith,
and for the dignity of women.
She was consolation for the sick, help for the poor.

Grant that,
through the solemn testimony of the Church,
the example of her life
may become a light for many people.
We ask this grace through our Lord,
Friend and Master, Jesus Christ.

Amen.

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Published Date: 25th January 2016
Category: Prayer for the week


 

Act not out of fear but solely from love

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Published Date: 25th January 2016
Category: Mary ward sayings


 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – 18th January

God Almighty, Who always sympathise with us, we turn to You as individuals and as a community. Please grant ud that we could accept each other more fully, we could sympathise with each other and could heal the sufferings of the world together.

Please make us understand that charity, hospitality and unity are in fact Your will to all humans.

We pray that You grant us peace, and teach us how to build a tolerant world without aggression.

Please grant us the wisdom to be able to differentiate wisely, and to want unity despite all our differences.

We pray that You make our Churches able to be places of openness where everyone can experience tolerance, forgiveness, joy and faith in Jesus.

Amen.18

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Published Date: 18th January 2016
Category: Prayer for the week


 

Good things come to those who wait

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Published Date: 18th January 2016
Category: Mary ward sayings


 

Our greatness and strength consist not in favour of princes and great personages, but in this – that we have free and open access to God, from whom all greatness and strength come

This reminds me that I do not need to be worried by the noisy, demanding, discordant voices of this world but can, in peace, seek God.

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Published Date: 14th January 2016
Category: Mary ward sayings


 

Baptism of the Lord – 11th January

The Baptism and Testing of Jesus

At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”                                       Mark 1:9-11New International Version (NIV)

 

A Renewal of Baptismal Promises 


Dear brothers and sisters,
through the paschal mystery
we have been buried with Christ in baptism, 11
so that we may walk with him in newness of life.
And so, now that our lenten observance is concluded,
let us renew the promises of Holy Baptism,
by which we once renounced Satan and his works
and promised to serve God in the holy Catholic Church.

And so I ask you:

Do you renounce sin,

so as to live in the freedom of the children of God?

I do.

Lord, all I want to is live in the freedom you offer me.
I want to reject the unloving choices I have made,
and the sinful failures to love anywhere in my life.
I reject all injustice,
all violence,
all that disrespects the dignity of all human life

Do you reject the lure of evil,

so that sin my have no mastery over you?

I do.

Lord, I admit that some evil has a hold on me:
it is attractive, it has such powerful rewards,
it has become a habitual way for me to be myself.
Lord, I renew my commitment this day
to turn from that evil
and from letting any disordered attachment,
any empty promises master me,
and try to separate me from you.
By this promise, I commit myself
to greater courage in acting justly
and refusing to let unjust systems and structures
numb my conscience or dull my heart.

Do you reject Satan,

the author and prince of sin?

I do.

Lord, as I renew my the promises
that accompany my becoming one with you
in the baptism of dying to sin and rising to life,
I know that an Enemy tries to
tempt me to sin and to many dark patterns,
I now promise to you,
and to my sisters and brothers
who depend upon my fidelity,
that I  renew my commitment
to reject that Enemy,
and all his ways of subverting
your reign and the coming of your kingdom.

Do you believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth?

I do.

Lord, you made me and give me life every day.
I believe in you, I turn to you,
and I place my life,
and the graces I need each day,
in your loving hands.

Do you believe in Jesus Christ,

his only Son, our Lord,
who was born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered death and was buried,
rose again from the dead,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father?

 I do.

Jesus, my Lord and Savior,
my life is in your hands.
I believe in you, I turn to you,
I commit myself to growing closer to you,
placing myself with you,
in love – compassionate, self-sacrificing love –
for others.

Do you believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Holy Catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting?

I do.

Holy Spirit of Jesus,
Jesus promised not to leave us orphans.
I so desire to be enkindled with
the fire of your love,
that I might be renewed in courage.
I believe in and renew my commitment to
your work among us.
I want to contribute to the unity that you desire for us.
I promise to be as merciful,
for I have known your mercy.
And I pledge to live my life each day on this earth,
full of faith in the resurrection Jesus gained for me.

 

And may almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
who has given us new birth
by water and the Holy Spirit,
and bestowed on us forgiveness of our sins,
keep us by his grace,
in Christ Jesus our Lord,
for eternal life.

Amen.

 

Lord, Our God,
this year’s journey to the waters of baptism
has renewed me.
I have come to know more intimately
the complexity of my weakness 
and the depths of your love for me.
By your grace, I have come to experience
the mystery of the gift of life you offer.
Please help me to remain free and faithful
that I might grow as a servant of 
Jesus’ own mission.
I ask this with growing faith in
the name of Jesus, my Lord.

 

Text of the Renewal of Baptismal Promises from the New Roman Missal, 3rd Edition.

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Published Date: 11th January 2016
Category: Prayer for the week


 

Show yourself at all times glad and joyful, for almighty God loves a cheerful giver

 

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Published Date: 11th January 2016
Category: Mary ward sayings


 

I saw there was no other help and no other comfort for me than to go close to Him. That I did and He was there to help me.

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Published Date: 6th January 2016
Category: Mary ward sayings


 

The most Holy Name of Jesus – 4th January

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.4 jan
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds hide me.
Permit me not to be separated from you.
From the wicked foe, defend me.
At the hour of my death, call me
and bid me come to you
That with your saints I may praise you
For ever and ever.
Amen.

St. Ignatius

 

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Published Date: 4th January 2016
Category: Prayer for the week


 

Show yourself as you are, and be as you appear

 

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Published Date: 1st January 2016
Category: Mary ward sayings


 

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