"When the lord tells us to 'pray constantly', he is obviously not asking us to recite endless prayers, but urging us never to lose our inner closeness to God.  Praying means growing in this intimacy.  So it is important that our day should begin and end with prayer; that we listen to God as the Scriptures are read; that we share with him our desires and our hopes, our joys and our troubles, our failures and our thanks for all his blessings, and thus keep him ever before us as the point of reference for our lives."

(Pope Benedict XVI)

 

 

Praying for Peace with St. Oliver Plunkett

Glorious Martyr, St. Oliver, who willingly gave your life for your faith, help us also to be strong in faith. May we be loyal like you to the See of Peter. By your intercession and example may all hatred and bitterness be banished from the hearts of Irish men and women. May the peace of Christ reign in our hearts, as it did in your heart, even at the moment of your death. Pray for us and for Ireland.

Amen

 

 

 "Do not be afraid of what God asks of you!

It is worth saying "Yes" to God."

Pope Francis

 

 

 "To protect Jesus with Mary, to protect the whole of creation, to protect each person, especially the poorest, to protect ourselves: this is a service that the Bishop of Rome is called to carry out, yet one to which all of us are called, so that the star of hope will shine brightly. Let us protect with love all that God has given us!"

Homily of Pope Francis at his Installation Mass, March 19th 2013 

 

 

"Dear Brothers and Sisters, Never resort to war! Never war! Above all, I think of all the children who are robbed of their hope for a better life and a decent future. Killed children, wounded children, mutilated children, orphans, children who play with remnants of war, instead of toys. Children who don't know how to smile. Please stop! I ask you with all my heart. It's time to stop. Stop it please!"

Pope Francis, 27/07/'14

 

 

 God's Plan for Our Marriage and Family

As we answer God's call

in our vocation

in the Sacrament of Marriage

to follow Christ and to serve

the kingdom of God in our married life,

we ask, in and through the concreteness of

events, problems, difficulties and circumstances

of everyday life, that God will come to us,

guiding us and enlightening us as we share

Christ's love with one another, in our family life,

at work, in our neighbourhood, in our

contributions to society

and in the life and worship of our parish.

AMEN

Inspired by Pope St. John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio (51), from The Family Prayer Book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May the Lord support us all the day long,

'til the shadows lengthen and the evening comes,

and the busy world is hushed,

and the fever of life is over,

and our work is done.

Then in His mercy may He give us

a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last.

Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman

 

 

 The everlasting God has in His wisdom foreseen

from eternity the cross that He now presents to you

as a gift from His inmost heart.

This cross He now sends you He has considered with His all-knowing eyes,

understood with His divine mind, tested with His wise justice,

warmed with loving arms and weighed with His own hands

to see that it be not one inch too large and not one ounce too heavy for you.

He had blessed it with His holy Name, anointed it with His consolation,

taken one last glance at you and your courage,

and then sent it to you from heaven,

a special greeting from God to you, an alms of the all-merciful love of God.

Your Cross, by St. Francis de Sales

 

 

Act of Faith and Self-Dedication

 My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.

I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end.

Nor did I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will

does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.

And I hope that I have that desire in all that I am doing.

I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.

And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road

though I may know nothing about it.

Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem

to be lost in the shadow of death.

I will not fear, for you are ever with me,

and will never leave me to face my perils alone.

 

Thomas Merton

 

 

  Come to me all you who labour and are overburdened and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28 

 

 

JOURNEY OF LIFE

For each of us life is a journey. Birth is its beginning,

Death is not its end.

It is a journey that take us from youth to age,

from innocent to awareness, from ignorance to knowledge,

from foolishness to wisdom,

from weakness to strength and often back again,

from offence to forgiveness, from pain to compassion,

from fear to faith,

from defeat to victory and from victory to defeat,

Until, looking backward or ahead,

We see that victory does not lie at some high point along the way,

But in having made the journey, Stage by stage.

Adapted from an old Hebrew Prayer

 

 

"Happiness is something we all want, but  one of the great tragedies in this world is that so many people never find it, because they look in the wrong places. The key to it is very simple - true happiness is to be found in God. We need to have the courage to place our deepest hopes in God alone, not in money, in a career, in worldly success, or in our relationships with others, but in God. Only He can satisfy the deepest needs of our hearts." 

 

Pope Benedict XVI 

(during his visit to England September 2010)