THE COUPLE THAT PRAYS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER.
Fr. Johnny Doherty, C.Ss.R.
September 22nd – 28th 2019
The Lord of the Oppressed
Jesus said to his disciples: “You cannot be the slave both of God and of money”. Thank God all of us are much better off today than we were in past generations and even better off than we ever expected to be. This brings with it a sense of security and lessens people’s anxiety about the future. But it also can bring with it a sense of self-sufficiency in which we think that we are in need of no one, not even God. We become selfish, and the more we have the more we want. The challenge of the Gospel today is to be thankful for all we have and to learn to share it with those who are in need. When we become selfish with our money we also become selfish with our time and this has a serious effect on our marriage and family relationships and the quality of our lives together becomes less loving. We also refuse to give time to building up our parish community because we are too busy or too important.
Morning Prayer, when together
Father, guide us as you guide creation
according to your law of love.
May we love one another and come to perfection
in the eternal life prepared for us.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
During the day, when apart
Lord, may the gift of our love for one another
which we offer to show our belief in you be pleasing to you.
May our love grow in gentleness and tenderness
and bring us to our eternal reward with you.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord.
Evening/Night Prayer together
Lord, help us with your kindness. Make us strong in your love.
May we put into action all that we have promised
so that our lives may be filled with your peace.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Questions for Action for the week
For your marriage: What was one of the nicest things about your courtship days? How could you relive that together this week?
For others: What could you do this week to register protest against some injustice in the Church or in society?