Term 3 Week 24
The Spanish churchman St. Dominic (ca. 1170-1221) founded the Dominican order, a religious community officially called the Order of Preachers. It was said of Dominic that "he loved everyone, so everyone loved him." By 1256 the group he had founded had over 13,000 members, and it continues to flourish today.
God of Truth, you gave your church a new light in the life and preaching of our Father Dominic. Give us the help we need to support our preaching by holy and simple lives. Amen
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St John Vianney
is remembered for his preaching and is honoured as a model for parish clergy. He showed the love of Jesus to all people. Pray for all priests that God will bless them with generous hearts and guide them in their living the spiritual and corporal works of Mercy
I love You, O my God, and my only desire is to love You until the last breath of my life.
I love You, O my infinitely lovable God, and I would rather die loving You, than live without loving You.
I love You, Lord and the only grace I ask is to love You eternally...
My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You, I want my heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath.
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Lectio Divina is Latin for spiritual or sacred reading. It is a simple method of praying the scripture that has deep roots in the Benedictine tradition. In general, this process involves four parts (or moments). These are only a guide and can be adapted to the needs of the group.
The four moments are as follows:
Read and Listen –listen to the passage with the ear of the heart and let the words sink in deeply
Read and Reflect –reflect on the passage paying attention to how it speaks to you personally. There may be a word or phrase that captures your attention.
Read and Respond –respond through prayer (publicly or privately).
Rest –rest silently in God’s presence.
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Transfiguration of the Lord
Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John, and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no fuller on earth could bleach them. Mark 9:2-3
Reflect, today, upon the beautiful and profound transformation that God has done and continues to desire to do in your soul. Know that He wants you to fix your eyes upon this glory and forever remain grateful for it, especially as you endure any cross you are given.
Lord, may I see Your glory and the glory that You have bestowed upon my own soul. May my eyes forever remain fixed on that grace. May I see You and Your glory especially in difficult times. Jesus, I trust in You.
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St Mary of the Cross is Australia’s first Saint. She is the Patron Saint of the Archdiocese of Brisbane and founded many schools across Australia to provide an education to the poor and those in most need. She led a life of great courage.
Ever generous God,
You inspired Saint Mary MacKillop
To live her life faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ
and constant in bringing hope and encouragement
to those who were disheartened, lonely or needy.
With confidence in your generous providence
and through the intercession of Saint Mary MacKillop
We ask that you grant our request……………….
We ask that our faith and hope be fired afresh by the Holy Spirit
so that we too, like Mary MacKillop, may live with courage, trust and openness.
Ever generous God hear our prayer.
We ask this through Jesus Christ. Amen.