God of joy and gladness,

help me to be bold, on fire with your word,

and eager to share it with others everywhere I go

Amen.

From Walking in Holiness with Pope Francis

SPIRITUALITY BOOST (flip book)
Do you or a family member live with anxiety? This beautifully written and supportive resource can help.
As August begins, thoughts turn to travel and the outdoors. This sampling of summertime prayers offers reflections for those on the move or just enjoying the warm weather.
SONG OF THE WEEK
Official lyric video for "Jesus Light of the World" from John Burland's album "ARISE", available on BayardFaithResources.com.
SPIRITUALITY BOOST (flip book)
Father David Knight's warm and surprising book reminds us that reconciliation is not about how bad we are, but about how good God is.
FROM OUR PUBLISHERS
Catholic DigestGoing Back To School Later In Life
CatechistYoung Catholic Professionals
These devotions, written for parish guests, are a welcome reminder for all of us worshipping away from the parish building that we are a community of faith no matter where we are.
SPIRITUALITY BOOST (flip book - click on picture to open)
Deacon Eddie Ensley invites us to discover
how Christ truly anchors us in his own peace.
SPIRITUALITY BOOST (flip book)
Greg Kennedy offers us 50 psalms "sung new" to help lead us into prayer and closer to God, to ourselves, to others and to creation. 
Pray with the saints this summer! Start with this sampling of prayers from St. Pope John Paul, St. Teresa of Calcutta and others.

WEDNESDAY JULY 22, 2020 

“Certainly, evil must be rejected, but those who do evil are people with whom it is necessary to be patient. This does not mean that type of hypocritical tolerance that hides ambiguity; but rather, justice tempered by mercy. If Jesus came to seek sinners more than the righteous, to cure the sick first before the healthy (cf Mt 9:12-13), so must the actions of His disciples be focused not on suppressing the wicked, but on saving them. Patience lies here.

Pope Francis 

ANGELUS, JULY 19, 2020

 

Sudan_primopiano_10268Photograph from Sudan

Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene

Psalm 63

My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.

O God, you are my God whom I seek;
for you my flesh pines and my soul thirsts
like the earth, parched, lifeless and without water.

My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.

Thus have I gazed toward you in the sanctuary
to see your power and your glory,
For your kindness is a greater good than life;
my lips shall glorify you.

My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.

Thus will I bless you while I live;
lifting up my hands, I will call upon your name.
As with the riches of a banquet shall my soul be satisfied,
and with exultant lips my mouth shall praise you.

My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.

You are my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I shout for joy.
My soul clings fast to you;
your right hand upholds me.

My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.

Catholic DigestLearning To Walk On Water   By Gary Zimak

It’s easy to trust God when all is going well. During those “blue sky” periods, we typically don’t spend too much time analyzing our faith. It’s a different story, however, when we are faced with an unexpected storm. We are often placed in situations that challenge us to trust God even when it doesn’t make sense. Nobody understood this better than Peter, a seasoned fisherman who was called by Jesus to walk on water in the middle of a storm. There were some bumps in the road, but overall he was successful.

Let’s look at 5 lessons we can learn from Peter’s attempt at “water walking” and discover how our faith can grow, especially in the storm. . . . . . .  .

Click on picture or title to read the full article.

SPIRITUALITY BOOST (flip book - click on picture to open)
Perfect reading for people of all ages who could use a prayer or two
during those special " senior moments."

At every Eucharist we accept and commit to a Christlike relationship with all those who join us at the altar, and with all those we encounter in life. Our concern is different than the crowds who ask: “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” Our concern is how to give what we have and who we are to those who hunger and thirst for God. Our faith assures us that Jesus is the living bread for us; it is that same faith that sends us from Eucharist to be living loaves of love, bearers of justice and signs of compassion.

Let the familiar words of St. Francis of Assisi guide you in your continued prayers for peace in our world.
SPIRITUALITY BOOST (flip book)
Kathy Hendricks helps us identify the roles, demands and expectations
that make our lives go "off kilter". 
Compassionate God, we turn to you in times of distress for we are in need of your tender mercy. Bestow on us, in those times, the virtue of patience and the desire for reconciliation. Let your love embrace us that we might live in you and in Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
SPIRITUALITY BOOST
John Dear's powerful, psalms-based reflections will help strengthen our daily commitment to nonviolence and love.
SPIRITUALITY BOOST   (click on the covers to open 2 free flipbooks)
 
In the booklet Peace Begins With Us, families can pray together as they work toward peace at home, in the community, in the world.
From the Threshold Bible Study series by Stephen J. Binz.
There is no better time to reflect on the practice of active nonviolence
as taught by and demonstrated by Jesus.  

Protests in the USA: Many Questions, Only One Answer

From Dan Connors, Editorial Director at Twenty-Third Publications,
on behalf of 
Bayard, Inc. (click here)

VIDEO OF THE WEEK
My Peace Be With You Always · John Burland One Family ℗ 2010 John Burland
John Burland - "Lift Me Up (Feat. Gen Bryant)" (Official Music/Lyric Video). This is a song to remind us that God is always there for us. Through life, we all face hard times - whether from the loss of someone we love, broken relationships, even our own challenges in the day to day life. Underlying all of that, the gift of faith that is deep in our hearts and knowing that God loves us can bring the hope and determination to go on. “Lift me up - only You can take me higher.”
CHILDREN AND FAMILY PRAYER

Help guide children in a daily service of communal prayer that follows the pattern of the Church's Morning Prayer.                           

The link below provides daily prayer services through May 2020.

Children's Daily Prayer

 

Prayer

"For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven,

it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy."

—CCC, no. 2558, citing St. Therese of Lisieux,
Manuscrits Autobiographiques, C 25rr

A Coronavirus Prayer

Loving God, Your desire is for our wholeness and well-being.

We hold in tenderness and prayer the collective suffering of our world at this time.

We grieve precious lives lost and vulnerable lives threatened.

We ache for ourselves and our neighbors, standing before an uncertain future.       

We pray: may love, not fear, go viral.

Inspire our leaders to discern and choose wisely, aligned with the common good.                                    

Help us to practice social distancing and reveal to us new and creative ways to come together in spirit and in solidarity.                      Call us to profound trust in your faithful presence, You, the God who does not abandon.                                                                      Call us to profound trust in your faithful presence, You, the God who does not abandon.

Prayer and Connection in Times of Crisis

You may have heard the term spiritual communion used frequently in recent weeks. This term means that through our prayers we express our relationship with Christ and our desire for a deeper union with him. This understanding has long been a part of our Church's tradition. Through baptism, we are already united with Christ as sons and daughters of God. In the Eucharist, we experience a unique union with Christ, by receiving him both physically and spiritually into ourselves.

LTP has always been committed to offering prayer and formation resources in the hope of fostering our communion with God and others. As events continue to evolve, so do our efforts to bring prayer and spiritual resources that will help you stay connected to each other and to God. We're hopeful that the free resources and virtual offerings on this page help maintain community and bring hope to the Church during this time.

 

DAILY PRAYER

Daily Prayer has been a beloved resource for parish communities for over a decade.

Find today's order of prayer by clicking the button below.

View Today's Prayer

ORACIÓN PARA EL DOMINGO EN ESPAÑOL

Ya sea para orar de forma individual o en familia, Oración para el domingo

 en español ofrece el orden para hacer oración cada domingo.
Oración para el domingo

 

 

HOME MORNING PRAYER SERVICE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED

The celebration of Morning Prayer from the Office for the Dead relates the death of the Christian

to Christ's victory over death and affirms our hope

that those who have received the light of Christ at Baptism will share in that victory.

Bayard Faith Resources at Home

HELPFUL LINKS FROM OUR MAGAZINE PUBLISHERS

Catholic Digest9 Signs Of A Healthy Relationship

Catholic Digest‘Wasting Time’ As A Family

CatechistCreating and Leading a Family Liturgy

CatechistPrayer Rocks
Catholic DigestThe Family Rosary

Catholic DigestCoping With Unemployment: ‘Be Not Afraid’
Catechist10 Blessings From Living at Such a Time As This
Today's Catholic Teacher: Jesus Hears Our Prayers: A selection from “Living and Learning with Jesus”

CatechistThe Serenity Prayer for Our Times of COVID-19
Today's Catholic Teacher: Great Ideas: Praise Parade

Meditation for Catholic Kids

(click on picture to listen!)
This is a meditation resource for primary students, aged 4 to 9, to introduce children to prayerful meditation. The subject of the excerpt you can listen to is fear. Click here for more information.

Journey of Decision - Video

 

The "Journey of Decision" is now available on video anytime. 

 

The Living Stations of the Cross, "Journey of Decision" that was originally scheduled for Palm Sunday, April 5, is now available. To view this prerecorded video click on this link, to experience this unique dramatic form of the Stations of the Cross. “Journey of Decision” invites us to reflect on our own response as we seek to follow Jesus in our daily life. This is our church members praying the Stations of the Cross in the “first person.”

A Prayer Amid A Pandemic

 

Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.

Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their health and strength through quality medical care.

Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another.

Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.

Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.

Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.

Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace.

Be with doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace.

Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true       concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.

Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace.

Jesus Christ, heal us.

                                                                                             

                                                                                         -Author: Kerry Weber

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