October Intentions of Pope Francis


Peace. That the Lord may grant peace to those parts of the world most battered by war and violence.

World Mission Day.  That World Mission Day may rekindle in every believer zeal for carrying the Gospel into all the world.


Pope Francis' Prayer for Peace

And so we ask the risen Jesus, who turns death into life, to change hatred into love, vengeance into forgiveness, war into peace. Yes, Christ is our peace, and through him we implore peace for all the world.

Peace for the Middle East, and particularly between Israelis and Palestinians, who struggle to find the road of agreement, that they may willingly and courageously resume negotiations to end a conflict that has lasted all too long.

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Burden of unforgiveness by Sister Ann Shields, SGL

In Africa, I was asked to listen to a European missionary sister who had been kidnapped and brutalized by a renegade tribe for several weeks. Then she was inexplicably “let go” just before they were to kill her.

Hospitalized for several months, she found that her African community would not receive her back since they considered rape her own fault. She very simply and humbly came to me at a conference and asked us to pray that SHE might be able to forgive that rejection.

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5 ways the Holy Spirit transforms our lives

God wants to manifest himself in each one of us. He joins us with the people of God throughout the world who are seeking to follow him with their whole hearts, to serve him and to serve the Church.

The Lord has instructed us to “be like him.” How do we achieve this goal? We can’t do this on our own, but by experiencing the power in our lives as the Lord promised in Acts 1:8,

You will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you,  and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

With confident assurance, we look for the power of God to work within us.  Paul wrote about this to the Thessalonians,

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Friars Corner: Have in you the same attitude (mind) as Jesus Christ.

Ezekiel 18:25-28; Ps 25:4-9; Phil 2:1-11; Matthew 21:28-32

Dear Holy Spirit, please guide our minds to be in harmony with you and Jesus accomplishing the will of our heavenly Father.

St. Paul encourages us in the second reading, Philippians 2:5, to have the same attitude as does Jesus, loving God and our neighbor. That means doing good for others.

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His grace is enough, part 2

(Continued from part one yesterday.)

Yesterday I described how the Lord worked in an unexpected way in a frustrating situation as I began a new ministry one Sunday. Here’s what happened on Monday:

In my prayer time the next day, I cried out to the Lord to help me cope with the emotional struggles that kept me high strung and agitated during my first time running Lyrics Ministry at the prayer meeting yesterday. He reminded me how I could enjoy his presence in a few moments as fully as I could in an hour and a half. I got that.

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His grace is enough, part 1

Fr. Alfonse Nazarro blogged recently:

God is not a God who fits our expectations. In fact, God works in ways that we could never imagine. That is why it is okay that we are so dumbstruck by the fact that God really does work in modern, daily life.

A few years ago, the biggest adjustment in my new ministry wasn’t the unfamiliar software, setting up the technical equipment or even arriving an hour early for prayer meeting. It was the immediacy of it all! Serving in the now.

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Advice to the young in faith by Cheryl Ann Wills

There is nothing more important in all of life than our relationship with God through his Son. And I firmly believe there is nothing we should put more energy into than that relationship.  For this reason, since as a convert I am relatively new in the faith myself, if I were to give an admonition to people young in the faith, I would say the following:

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