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Our Morning Offering – 18 February – Keep Me, O God…..

Our Morning Offering – 18 February – Monday of the Sixth week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Today’s Psalm: Psalm 50:1, 8, 16-17, 20-21

But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to recite my statutes, or take my covenant on your lips?
For you hate discipline and you cast my words behind you.   You sit and speak against your brother, you slander your own mother’s son.”...Psalm 50:16-17,20

Keep Me, O God…..
Mary Stuart’s Prayer (Mary Queen of Scots)

Keep me, O God, from pettiness.
Let us be large in thought, word and deed.
Let us be done with fault-finding
and leave off self-seeking.
May we put away all pretence
and meet each other face-to-face
without self-pity and without prejudice.
May we never be hasty in judgement
and always generous.
Let us take time for all things.
Make us grow calm, serene, gentle.
Teach us to put into action
our better impulses
and make us
straight-forward and unafraid.
Grant that we may realise
that it is the little things in life
that create differences;
that in the big things we are all as one.
And, O Lord God,
Let us not forget to be kind.
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Our Morning Offering – 9 February – A Daily Holy Family Prayer

Our Morning Offering – 9 February – Saturday of the Fourth week in Ordinary Time, Year C – The Month of the Holy Family

Daily Holy Family Prayer

Holy Family of Nazareth,
keep our family safe from all dangers and evil.
May Jesus always be the centre of our life
and of our home.
Grant us peace in this life and in the next.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
to you we entrust
the well-being
and salvation of our family.
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“Together against human trafficking”

The FIFTH International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Trafficking in Persons under the Patronage of St Josephine Bakhita (1869-1947) – 8 February 2019

Theme for 2019:

“Together against human trafficking”

We pray for the generous reception of victims of trafficking in persons, forced prostitution and violence.

Pope Francis – February 2019

“Even if we try to ignore it, slavery is not something other times.
Faced with this tragic reality, no one can wash his hands if he does not want to be, in some way, an accomplice of this crime against humanity.
We can not ignore that slavery exists in the world today, much or perhaps more than before.
We pray for the generous reception of victims of trafficking in persons, forced prostitution and violence.”

Pope Francis is strongly committed to the fight against this scourge in its different expressions.   Recently, in his Angelus on 20 January, he prayed for the victims of human traffickers and also, for those responsible, allowing silence to highlight this.

It is a drama that has been in the heart and in prayer for a long time.   You will remember the return flight from Ireland in July 2018.   He spoke about human trafficking, organised by unscrupulous traffickers, with all his horror.   He had already asked us to organise this month of prayer but just after this trip, during a meeting, he insistently asked that his World Prayer Network truly pray for the men, women and children who live in these situations of slavery.   Faced with this human tragedy, faced with so much suffering, helplessness and anguish of men, women and children who are victims of human trafficking and slavery, often in the context of migration, it is a cry that comes from the heart, it is the cry of prayer to the Lord.   For Francis they are not numbers, they are names, faces, concrete stories, they are our brothers and sisters in humanity.   We can not be silent if we do not wish to sell our soul to the devil.   This is why we are here.   For this reason we have prepared with the Holy Father his monthly video on this drama.   Listen to the Pope’s strong words in this video:  “Faced with this tragic reality, no-one can wash his hands of it he does not want to be, in some way, an accomplice to this crime against humanity”…Fr Frédéric Fornos, SJ (Pope’s Prayer Network)

Dear Saint Josephine Bakhita, help those blinded by greed and lust who trample the human rights and dignity of their brothers and sisters.   Help them to break out of their hateful chains and to become fully human again.

Dear Saint Josephine Bakhita, help us when we feel tempted to look away and not to help, to reject others or even to abuse them.

O Loving God, let your merciful light flood into the darkest shadows.   Bring salvation to the innocents who suffer under sinful abuse.   Bring conversion to the utterly lost souls who hold them captive and exploit them.

Let us Pray:

Daily Prayer to End Human Trafficking

God of goodness and mercy, 
Rewarder of the humble, 
You blessed St Josephine Bakhita of Sudan 
with charity and patience. 
May her prayers help us and her example 
inspire us to carry our cross 
and to love You always. 
Pour upon us the spirit of wisdom 
and love with which you filled St Josephine Bakhita, 
by serving You as she did.
May her prayers on behalf of those enslaved
bring awareness and an end to this evil practice.
May we too please You by our faith and actions,
through our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son, in union
with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever, amen.second-prayer-to-end-human-trafficking-8 feb 2019.jpg

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Thought for the Day – 2 February – Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life

Thought for the Day – 2 February – Feast of the Presentation of the Lord and the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life

The celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life invites all the Church to reflect on the role of Consecrated Life within the Christian community.   Those who choose to live a consecrated life do so for the sake of the gospel.
Some Christian women and men respond to God’s call to become followers of Jesus through profession of vows and a life dedicated to prayer and service.   They live out the consecrated life in different ways.   Religious sisters, nuns, brothers, religious priests and monks consecrate their lives through their profession of the evangelical vows and live as part of a community.   Secular institutes are another form of living the consecrated life as single people.   Those who become followers of Jesus through the consecrated life bless the Church.

And so, as we think about the many ways in which we are called to love in ordinary ways and do it extraordinarily well, let us not forget those women and men who have responded to God’s call to serve as a consecrated religious.   This day and Mass is dedicated to them throughout the world.   On this World Day for Consecrated Life, may the lives of consecrated women and men be blessed with God’s overwhelming grace of love!   May their lives inspire us to hear God’s vocational call.   May this tune be forever in our minds and transform our hearts to say boldly:

“Here I am, Lord, send me!”here i am lord send me world day consecrated life 2 feb 2019.jpg

LET US PRAY FOR ALL CONSECRATED MEN & WOMEN AND FOR VOCATIONS:

Loving God, You call all who believe in You
to grow perfect in love
by following in the footsteps
of Christ Your Son.
Call from among us more men and women
who will serve You as religious.
Open the hearts of many, raise up
faithful servants of the Gospel, dedicated,
holy priests, sisters, brothers and deacons,
who will spend themselves for Your people
and their needs.
Bless those who are serving now
with courage and perseverance.
Grant that many will be inspired by their
example and faith.
By their way of life, may they provide a convincing sign
of Your Kingdom for the Church and the whole world.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Monthly Catholic Devotions: FEBRUARY is the Month of THE HOLY FAMILY

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In January, the Catholic Church celebrated the Month of the Holy Name of Jesus and in February, we turn to the entire Holy Family—Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

The special devotion which proposes the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph as the model of virtue of all Christian households began in the 17th century.   It started almost in France – the Association of the Holy Family was founded  by the Daughters of the Holy Family in Paris in 1674.

This devotion soon spread and in 1893 Pope Leo XIII expressed his approval of a feast under this title and himself composed part of the Office.   On account of the flight into Egypt this feast has been observed by the Copts from early times.

The feast was welcomed by succeeding Pontiffs as an efficacious means for bringing home to the Christian people the example of the Holy Family at Nazareth and by the restoration of the true spirit of family life, stemming, in some measure, the evils of present-day society.

In the words of His Holiness Pope Leo XIII, “Nothing truly can be more salutary or efficacious for Christian families to meditate upon than the example of this Holy Family, which embraces the perfection and completeness of all domestic virtues.”feb the month of the holy family 1 feb 2019.jpg

Prayer to the Holy Family
By Pope Francis
Angelus, 29 December 2013

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in You we contemplate
the splendour of true love,
to You we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again
experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalised
find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may we be made
once more mindful
of the sacredness
and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer.
Amen

(This prayer was composed for the Synod of the Family in 2014, so it has been very slightly adapted to remove the reference to the said Synod).prayer to the holy family by pope francis - written 2013 for the 2014 synod - 1 feb 2019.jpg

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The Holy Father’s Prayer Intention for February 2019

The Holy Father’s Prayer Intention for February 2019

FEBRUARY 2019

Human Trafficking

For a generous welcome
of the victims of human trafficking,
of enforced prostitution
and of violence.

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Let us pray:

Prayer to St Josephine Bakhita
for Intercession Against Human Trafficking
By Pope Francis

Saint Josephine Bakhita, you were sold into slavery as a child
and endured unspeakable hardship and suffering.
Once liberated from your physical enslavement,
you found true redemption in your encounter
with Christ and his Church.
O Saint Josephine Bakhita,
assist all those who are entrapped in slavery.
Intercede on their behalf with the God of Mercy,
so that the chains of their captivity will be broken.
May God Himself free all those who have been threatened,
wounded or mistreated by the trade and trafficking of human beings.
Bring comfort to survivors of this slavery
and teach them to look to Jesus,
as an example of hope and faith,
so that they may find healing from their wounds.
We ask you to pray for us and to intercede on behalf of us al,
that we may not fall into indifference,
that we may open our eyes
and be able to see the misery and wounds
of our many brothers and sisters
deprived of their dignity and their freedom
and may we hear their cry for help.
Amen

PRAYER FROM THE
ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
TO PARTICIPANTS IN THE WORLD DAY OF PRAYER,
REFLECTION AND ACTION
AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Clementine Hall
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Thought for the Day – 1 February

Thought for the Day – 1 February – the Memorial of St Brigid of Ireland (c 453-523)

St Brigid directly influenced several other future saints of Ireland and her many religious communities helped to secure the country’s conversion from paganism to the Catholic faith.

The Irish call on her in every need, for, as the ancient legends run, “everything that Brigid asked of the Lord, was granted her at once.   For this was her desire – to satisfy the poor, to expel every hardship, to spare every miserable man.”   And, she still carries on this mission today.

St Brigid took the whole of humanity into her heart and 1500 years after her death, the power of goodness and holiness reaches down through the centuries.   There was no limit to her charity and her love for all.   God thus graced her with great power to do good for all.   There should be no limit to ours – imagine a world such as this!

St Brigid’s Blessing

May Brigid bless the house wherein we dwell.
Bless every fireside, every wall and door.
Bless every heart that beats beneath its roof.
Bless every hand that toils to bring its joy.
Bless every foot that walks portals through.
May Brigid bless the house that shelters us.st brigid's blessing 1 feb 2019.jpg

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