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Holy Father’s Prayer for Healing at Ground Zero

Posted on April 20, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

O God of love, compassion, and healing,look on us,

people of many different faiths and traditions,who gather today

at this site,the scene of incredible violence and pain.

We ask you in your goodnessto give eternal light and peace to all who died here—

the heroic first-responders:our fire fighters, police officers,emergency service workers,

and Port Authority personnel,along with all the innocent men and women

who were victims of this tragedysimply because their work or service brought them here on September 11, 2001.

We ask you, in your compassion to bring healing to those who, because of their presence here that day,suffer from injuries and illness. Heal, too, the pain of still-grieving families and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy.

Give them strength to continue their liveswith courage and hope.We are mindful as well of those who suffered death, injury, and loss on the same day at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.Our hearts are one with theirs as our prayer embraces their pain and suffering.

God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world:peace in the hearts of all men and women and peace among the nations of the earth.Turn to your way of love those whose hearts and minds that sare consumed with hatred.

God of understanding,overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy,we seek your light and guidance as we confront such terrible events.Grant that those whose lives were spared may live so that the lives lost here may not have been lost in vain.

Comfort and console us, strengthen us in hope,and give us the wisdom and courage to work tirelessly for a world where true peace and love reign among nations and in the hearts of all.

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Holy Father’s Prayer for Healing at Ground Zero

Posted on April 20, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

O God of love, compassion, and healing,look on us,

people of many different faiths and traditions,who gather today

at this site,the scene of incredible violence and pain.

We ask you in your goodnessto give eternal light and peace to all who died here—

the heroic first-responders:our fire fighters, police officers,emergency service workers,

and Port Authority personnel,along with all the innocent men and women

who were victims of this tragedysimply because their work or service brought them here on September 11, 2001.

We ask you, in your compassion to bring healing to those who, because of their presence here that day,suffer from injuries and illness. Heal, too, the pain of still-grieving families and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy.

Give them strength to continue their liveswith courage and hope.We are mindful as well of those who suffered death, injury, and loss on the same day at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.Our hearts are one with theirs as our prayer embraces their pain and suffering.

God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world:peace in the hearts of all men and women and peace among the nations of the earth.Turn to your way of love those whose hearts and minds that sare consumed with hatred.

God of understanding,overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy,we seek your light and guidance as we confront such terrible events.Grant that those whose lives were spared may live so that the lives lost here may not have been lost in vain.

Comfort and console us, strengthen us in hope,and give us the wisdom and courage to work tirelessly for a world where true peace and love reign among nations and in the hearts of all.

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That Spiritual Temple Which is His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church

Posted on April 20, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Christ’s promise fills us with sure hope. Let us now join our prayers to his, as living stones in that spiritual temple which is his one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
—Pope Benedict XVI 20 April 2008

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May you step forward and take up the responsibility which your faith in Christ sets before you

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Ground Zero -Grant that those whose lives were spared…

Posted on April 20, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Grant that those whose lives were spared
may live so that the lives lost here
may not have been lost in vain.

-prayer of Pope Benedict XVI at Ground Zero,Lower Manhattan,NY
29 April 2008

St. Luke 13:4-9

Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?
No, I say to you; but except you do penance, you shall all likewise perish.

Jesus spoke also this parable: A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it, and found none.
And he said to the dresser of the vineyard: Behold, for these three years I come seeking fruit
on this fig tree, and I find none.
Cut it done therefore: why cumbereth it the ground?
But he answering, said to him: Lord, let it alone this year also, until I dig about it, and dung it.
And if happily it bear fruit: but if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.

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Who would not, in return, love one so loving?

Posted on April 20, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

For to this end was Thy side pierced,
that an entry might be open unto us.
To this end was Thy Heart wounded,
that in it we might be able to dwell secure from alarms from without.

And it was wounded none the less on this account that,
because of the visible wound. we may perceive the wound of love which is invisible.
How could this fire of love better shine forth than for Him to permit that not only his Body, but that even His Heart, should be wounded with the spear?

Who would not love that Heart so wounded?
Who would not, in return, love one Who is so loving?
Who would not embrace one so chaste?
Wherefore let us who are in the flesh love in return,
as much as we can,
Him Who so loveth,
embrace our wounded one,

Whose hands and feet, side and Heart, have been pierced by wicked children;
and let us pray that He may deign to bind our hearts,
still hard and impenitent,
with the chain of His love,
and wound them with the dart thereof.

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Holy Father’s Prayer for Healing at Ground Zero

Posted on April 20, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

O God of love, compassion, and healing,look on us,

people of many different faiths and traditions,who gather today

at this site,the scene of incredible violence and pain.

We ask you in your goodnessto give eternal light and peace to all who died here—

the heroic first-responders:our fire fighters, police officers,emergency service workers,

and Port Authority personnel,along with all the innocent men and women

who were victims of this tragedysimply because their work or service brought them here on September 11, 2001.

We ask you, in your compassion to bring healing to those who, because of their presence here that day,suffer from injuries and illness. Heal, too, the pain of still-grieving families and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy.

Give them strength to continue their liveswith courage and hope.We are mindful as well of those who suffered death, injury, and loss on the same day at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.Our hearts are one with theirs as our prayer embraces their pain and suffering.

God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world:peace in the hearts of all men and women and peace among the nations of the earth.Turn to your way of love those whose hearts and minds that sare consumed with hatred.

God of understanding,overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy,we seek your light and guidance as we confront such terrible events.Grant that those whose lives were spared may live so that the lives lost here may not have been lost in vain.

Comfort and console us, strengthen us in hope,and give us the wisdom and courage to work tirelessly for a world where true peace and love reign among nations and in the hearts of all.

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"The hope which never disappoints is Jesus Christ."

Posted on April 20, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

“For in hope we were saved. Now hope that sees for itself is not hope.
For who hopes for what one sees?
But if we hope for what we do not see,
we wait with endurance.”
(Romans 8: 24 – 25)

To be human is to have hopes for the present and the future.
How does Christian hope direct and fulfill
these human hopes in God the Father through Christ His Son in
light of the Holy Spirit?

For a Christian true human happiness is ultimately to be found in our relationship with God, the foundation of our hope, “the God who has a human face and who has loved us to the end, each one of us and humanity in its entirety.” (SS, 31)

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Prayer to the Holy Spirit for all who work to fulfill the mission of the Church

Posted on April 20, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

O Holy Spirit, Creator, graciously aid and inspire those
who are engaged in fulfilling the mission of the Church,
who work to build thy Kingdom by teaching and evangelizing others.
Grant that by thy supernal power, they may be strengthened
and confirmed against the assaults of the Enemy.
By thy mercy and grace, renew the spirit of thy servants
to whom thou hast entrusted this labor,
that in thee all their works may glorify the Father
and His only begotten son, Jesus Christ our Lord. + Amen.

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Spiritual works of mercy – a response to the grace of Our Holy Father’s Visit

Posted on April 20, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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Mission, Conference 292:2121.1 MB8-

Discerning our response to the Mercy of God in Our Holy Father’s visit….

prayer,personal conversion,works of mercy.
Why are we rarely hearing at Mass about the spiritual works of mercy?
Why do we hear more about corporal works of mercy? Yes, we need to do both, but….
Who are the poorest of the poor?

Look to Blessed Mother Teresa to see exactly how the two aspects work together. Start with Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Works done without having the intention of love of God are empty works. With the love of God as our motive and intention, every little thing done has immense value.

One reason we do not hear about the spiritual works of mercy in our parishes is that we would sound politically incorrect if we state that we have the fulness of the truth in our Catholic faith.

That is perhaps, one reason among many. Another might be the parish may be too focused on the financial needs and putting adoration of God lower on the list of priorites of how to use the 15 minutes a week most Catholics attempt to listen to the Church.

Certainly, opening our hearts in compassion and our wallets with cash will enable God’s grace to get into our self-centered lives… but when that crack into the hard selfish heart is made–why not take best advantage of the opportunity to teach the fullness of the Faith?

Works of mercy till the ground so the seed can be planted.
To stop at only encouraging material generosity is to fail to lovingly tend the sheep.

God desires to show us His Mercy.
God is looking for excuses to save us.
In His love and mercy
God sends His prophets to call His people to penance and reform.

(Listen to the Holy Father. He is sent to us by God to teach us what we need to know right now in order to know and do our part at this time in history.)

When the people choose to follow God in loving obedience, corrections and chastisements can be averted or minimized.

People who hear God’s plea and choose to love and obey God have the responsibility to
work with God starting first with their own (ongoing) conversion of life.

In some cases, the best form of fraternal correction is providing a good example, and silently accepting the ways some respond badly to it as it troubles their conscience. Also, providing an example of how to turn to God when we fall from His grace, rather than justify our errors by continuing in them.

Not all are called to teach and preach by their words. Pray for those who are thus called. It is an immense burden and responsibilty for them. In fact, it is often hard to live up to the level of what our words teach. If we emphasize living by doing what is right, even when we are judged by some to be evil for it, it is a much safer path to follow. Praise and human respect are very dangerous. Bears wrongs patiently. Forgive Injuries.

Most of the time, we will not be flattered and lauded by others. Most of the time we will be criticized. If we bear it in silence (not arrogance- because we ourselves may fall at any moment if God chooses to leave us to ourselves alone to teach us what we are without HIM) forgiving, and praying for those whose conscience may be feeling something painful to them then GOD will teach them and open their eyes and ears to hear HIM (not us).

Love of Neighbor: The Spiritual Works of Mercy

Building up your spiritual life and developing good habits is a necessity for us all. The Church enables us on this mission by providing a list of charitable works of mercy that help us increase our love of neighbor and improve the state of our soul.

The Spiritual Works of Mercy are (CCC 2447):

Convert the Sinner.
Of course, the Holy Spirit actually does the converting, but we participate by pointing those we know toward God.

Instruct the Ignorant.
This assumes that we are not ignorant – it puts the burden of learning on us, so we can instruct those who have misconceptions about God.

Counsel the Doubtful.
Love of others starts with concern for their souls. By helping others have faith, we increase our faith.

Comfort the Sorrowful.
In a fallen world, there is much sorrow. By taking the time to comfort those who grieve and suffer, we help them to see God in the world.

Bear Wrongs Patiently.
This is perhaps the toughest issue for most of us, but it goes directly to Christ: Turn the other cheek.

Forgive Injuries.
Not only must we bear wrongs and injuries, we must forgive those who inflict them on us. True forgiveness requires work on our own soul and a solid love of God.

Pray for the Living and the Dead.
This is an easier work and requires just time – take a minute in your daily prayer to pray for those who have died and those who struggle for God (or don’t)!

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