THE COUPLE THAT PRAYS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER.
Fr. Johnny Doherty, C.Ss.R.
October 30th – November 5th 2016
The Lord of Compassion
They all complained when they saw what was happening. “He (Jesus) has gone to stay at a sinner’s house,” they said. One of the lovely features of the Gospels is that Jesus had no problem with what we would call sinners. He didn’t condone what they did but he had great compassion for them. The other side of that feature was that he had a lot of difficulty with good people. And he still has! He found it almost impossible to break through to them with the Good News of God’s unconditional love for every person because, if they were God, they would not be like that. So, as we struggle to live out our faith through the various relationships of our lives we need to be ready for failure and be gentle with ourselves. But we also need to be very gentle with one another and become a source of encouragement for one another rather than putting one another down through criticism.
Morning Prayer, when together
God of power and mercy, only with your help
can we offer you fitting service and praise.
May we live the faith we profess
and trust your promise of eternal life.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
During the day, when apart
God of mercy, we thank you for your love.
Help us to love one another more fully
and to forgive one another more freely.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord.
Evening/Night Prayer together
Lord, you give us new hope every day.
May the power of your love
continue its saving work among us
and bring us to the joy you promise.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Questions for Action for the week
For your marriage: In what ways could you surprise your wife/husband in your love this week?
For others: To whom could you show special kindness this week?