APRIL 28, 2021 Pope Francis GENERAL AUDIENCE April 14, 2021

“Do I pray, certain that I am in the Church and that I pray with the Church? Or do I pray a bit according to my idea  and then make my ideas become prayer?... Without faith everything collapses; and without prayer faith is extinguished. Faith and prayer together. There is no other alternative.

 

LPI - Connect! Sunday Reflection

Lord Jesus,
You are the vine and we are the branches
Because of you we are alive.
Because of you, we bear fruit.
As we reach out to you
Keep us mindful of the needy
Who yearn to be reached out to.
As we stretch out our hands to you,
Let us also stretch out our hands to the hungry
So that the fruit we bear in you
May nourish others. Amen

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Children’s Bedside Prayer

Bless me, Lord, as this day ends,
Bless my family and a

ll my friends,
Keep me safe throughout the night,
and wake me with the morning’s light

 

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
Angels watch me through the night,
And wake me with the morning light.

 

Canticle of Mary (Magnificat)

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.

 

Canticle of Simeon

Lord, now you let your servant go in peace;
your word has been fulfilled.
My eyes have seen the salvation
you have prepared in the sight of every people,
a light to reveal you to the nations and the glory of your people, Israel.

 

An Evening Family Prayer (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Lord, behold our family here assembled.
We thank you for this place in which we dwell,
for the love that unites us,
for the peace accorded to us this day,
for the hope with which we expect the morrow;
for the health, the work, the food and the bright skies
that make our lives delightful;
for our friends in all parts of the earth.

Amen.

 

Phos Hilaron

O radiant light, O sun divine
of God the Father’s deathless face,
O image of the light sublime
that fills the heav’nly dwelling place.

Lord Jesus Christ, as daylight fades,
as shine the lights of eventide,
we praise the Father with the Son,
the Spirit blest and with them one.

O Son of God, the source of life,
praise is your due by night and day;
unsullied lips must raise the strain
of your proclaimed and splendid name.

For more family prayers, get The Catholic Family Book of Prayers.

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From the beginning of his papacy, Pope Francis has devoted much of his attention to the family. At World Youth Day in Brazil in 2013, he spoke often and profoundly to young people about faith and family, noting in one instance: "How precious is the family as the privileged place for transmitting the faith!"

 

With Pope Francis Celebrates Faith and Familywe honor family life and Pope Francis' commitment to the important role families play in nurturing our faith in God.

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Reflecting on the kindness and generosity of the Lord, the “Compassionate One,” through prayer can be nothing short of transformative. Allow the short but substantive prayers in Sr. Chris Koellhoffer's In Your Kindness to enrich you and accompany you this week.
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Here is the video for John Burland's new song “I Forgive”.
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A great resource for Lent!

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Get answers to the most common questions about Catholic customs and traditions in this insightful book. A "must-have" for every Catholic home. 

Wanting to pray better is the first step in praying better. In How to Pray, Fr. Thomas Connery couples wit, wisdom and practical storytelling with tips on how to improve one’s prayer life.
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In her imaginative and engaging style, Marci Alborghetti introduces us to a spiraling Pilate, a penitent Dismas, a brooding Roman soldier, and an agonized mother who bears suffering with uncanny strength.

In Peace Begins With Us, author Connie Clark offers  ideas, prayers and activities to help us start bringing peace back into our homes.
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Each of these 30 exercises provides preparation for prayer, a brief reflection, guidelines for entering the Scripture passage, and a beautiful closing prayer.

Reflection for SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 2021

“Saints remind us that holiness can blossom even in our lives, however weak and marked by sin. In the Gospels we read that the first saint to be “canonized” was a thief, and he was “canonized”, not by a Pope, but by Jesus himself. Holiness is a journey of life, of a long, short or instantaneous encounter with Jesus, but always a witness.” 

Pope Francis - General Audience - April 7, 2021

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How do you explain the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit to teens?
Through the extraordinary stories of beloved saints in this wonderful book!

Jesus is truly the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. He is also our loving Good Shepherd. May the devotions in The Lord is My Shepherd guide you closer to the Lamb of God this week.
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Is it possible to carry on good conversations with people with whom we disagree?
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A prayer for the new year presented by Catholic Online.

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Though our workplaces may look different this year, it is good to remember that we are able to keep (and share) our faith while engaged in our vocation. The brief reflections in Keeping the Faith in the Workplace provide inspiration to your work day.
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Amazing Grace, sung by Fr. Rob Galea feat. Maria Legayada.

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