Help me to journey beyond the familiar and into the unknown.
Give me the faith to leave old ways and break fresh ground with you.

-- Prayer to St. Brendan the Navigator, Living with Christ

 

Pope's Prayer for the Day

SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2020 

“Men and women who pray know that hope is stronger than discouragement. They believe that love is more powerful than death, and that surely one day it will triumph, even if in times and ways that we do not understand. Men and women of prayer bear gleaming reflections of light on their faces: because, the sun does not stop illuminating them, even in the darkest of days. Prayer illuminates you: it illuminates the souls, it illuminates the heart and it illuminates the face. Even in the darkest times, even in times of greatest suffering.

Pope Francis 

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SPIRITUALITY BOOST   (click on picture to open)
Sometimes the chaos and questioning of everyday life can be overwhelming. Chaplain Mike Mercer offers a unique perspective  in this wonderful excerpt from his book,  Show Me the Path
VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Official lyric video for John Burland's song "Firm in the Faith". Stream Now on the album "All Are Welcome Here". This is a song about being planted, standing firm and not being shaken from our faith. It is based on 1 Cor 16:13-14 "Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love."

Another Must Read Article for Everyone

. . .  kids spell love T-I-M-E.

This is a must read article about Time, Pope Francis and Pizza 

Catholic Digest: ‘Wasting Time’ As A Family

And for those of you that are foodies, visit author Jeff Young at CatholicFoodie.com

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.

Meditation for Catholic Kids

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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.

Pope's Prayer for the Day  

May 22

“Christian life is always a response to God's call, in any living condition…Once again I would like to express my closeness to those who are suffering from Covid-19, to those who are dedicated to their care and to all those who, in any way, are suffering from the pandemic. At the same time, I would like to support and encourage the international cooperation that is launching various initiatives aimed at responding adequately and effectively to the serious crisis we are experiencing. Indeed, it is important to bring together scientific capabilities, in a transparent and disinterested way, in order to find vaccines and treatments and to guarantee universal access to essential technologies that will enable every infected person, in every part of the world, to receive the necessary health care…May, the quintessential Marian month, during which the faithful love to visit the Shrines dedicated to Our Lady. This year, because of the health situation, let us visit these places of faith and devotion spiritually, to place in the heart of the Blessed Virgin our worries, expectations and plans for the future.”

 

May 21

“There is the voice of God, who speaks kindly to the conscience, and there is the tempting voice that leads to evil…One can learn to discern these two voices: they speak two different languages, that is, they have opposite ways of knocking on the door of our hearts…The voice of God never forces us: God proposes himself, He does not impose himself. Instead, the evil voice seduces, assails, forces: it arouses dazzling illusions, emotions that are tempting but transient. At first it flatters, it makes us believe that we are all-powerful, but then it leaves us empty inside and accuses us: “You are worth nothing.” The voice of God, instead, corrects us, with great patience, but always encourages us, consoles us: it always nourishes hope. God’s voice is a voice that has a horizon, whereas the voice of the evil one leads you to a wall, it backs you into a corner…The voice of the enemy distracts us from the present and wants us to focus on fears of the future or sadness about the past — the enemy does not want the present — it brings to surface the bitterness, the memories of the wrongs suffered, of those who have hurt us, ... many bad memories. On the other hand, the voice of God speaks in the present: “Now you can do good, now you can exercise the creativity of love, now you can forego the regrets and remorse that hold your heart captive.” It inspires us, it leads us ahead, but it speaks in the present: now.”

 

May 20

“Our prayer is for all those persons who clean hospitals, the streets, who empty dumpsters, who go to each house to remove trash. It is a work that no one sees, but it is a job that is necessary to survive. May the Lord bless them and help them.

Today in the world, there is a great feeling of being orphaned: many have many things, but the Father is missing. And this is repeated in the history of mankind: when the Father is missing, something is missing and there is always a desire to find, to rediscover the Father... always looking for the missing Father. Today we can say that we live in a society where the Father is missing, a sense of being orphans that affects one’s belonging and fraternity. Let us ask the Holy Spirit to remind us always, always, how to access the Father, to remind us that we have a Father. And to this civilization that has a huge sense of being orphaned, may He grant the grace of finding the Father once again, the Father who provides everyone with a sense of meaning in life. May He make all men and women one family.”

 

May 19

“At some time in our lives we are all faced with the experience of error and sin, and it is the Holy Spirit who helps us not to succumb, and enables us to grasp and live fully the meaning of Jesus's words: “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”  The commandments are not given to us as a kind of mirror in which to see the reflection of our miseries and inconsistencies.  No, the Word of God is given to us as the Word of life, which transforms, which renews, which does not judge to condemn, but heals and has forgiveness as its end. A Word that is light for our steps. This is the Holy Spirit, the Gift of God’s love that descends into the heart of the Christian. It is the Spirit who guides us, enlightens us, strengthens us so that we may go forward in life even through adversity and difficulty, joys and sorrows, remaining on the path of Jesus.”

 

May 18

“At this critical moment, marked by the global health emergency caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have rediscovered the fundamental importance of the role being played by nurses and midwives. Every day we witness the testimony of courage and sacrifice of healthcare workers, and nurses in particular, who, with professionalism, self-sacrifice, and a sense of responsibility and love for neighbour, assist people affected by the virus, even to the point of putting their own health at risk. Sadly, this can be seen in the high number of healthcare workers who have died as a result of their faithful service. I pray for them – the Lord knows each of them by name – and for all the victims of this epidemic. May the Risen Lord grant to each of them the light of heaven and to their families the consolation of faith.”

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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