28th July

French bishops have called on all Catholics to observe tomorrow, Friday, as a day of fasting and prayer for world peace – this in response to the murder of Fr Jacques Hamal. Consider what you may be able to do in this regard.

When prayer is concerned, it is generally the case that quality is better than quantity. A pray-for-mercypractical example of this is Lectio Divina, a method which helps to prayerfully ponder a short passage of scripture and explore the depths of its meaning. This approach can be applied to any spiritual text and particularly liturgical prayer.

Probably the most important prayer in any one week of the Church’s liturgical cycle is the Opening Prayer at Sunday Mass. This is repeated at the end of each of the Sunday offices and throughout the week in the Office of Readings. Below is this week’s prayer. Try to give it a prayerful pondering for at least 3-4 minutes.

Lord God, protector of those who hope in you,

  without whom nothing is strong, nothing holy,
  support us always with your love.
Guide us so to use the good things of this world,
  that even now we may hold fast to what endures for ever.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
  one God, for ever and ever.
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Earlier this month SOLT had its 3 yearly general assembly in Corpus Christi, Texas. If you have time, this is an 11 minute video tribute to our founder Fr Jim Flanagan who died on Holy Thursday: https://youtu.be/j6Oyp8YdFXY

 

 

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