Some people have an excessive need of approval from others.
The great luminaries of stage and screen
glow under the adulation of their fans.
But when the curtain goes down and the lights fade,
they often feel empty and lonely,
because they realise that they are valued,
not for themselves, but only for their talent.
Lord, grant that I may not get carried away when people praise me,
or become downcast when people ignore me.
Grant that I may have a little lamp of my own,
a lamp which will enable me to see
the dignity which you have given me,
and which no on can take from me.
page 235 Flor McCarthy Year C
FAITH IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM
Talking about faith for the new millennium Pope John Paul says: “May your faith be certain, that is, founded on the Word of God, on the Gospel message, and especially on the life, person, and word of Christ.
May your faith be strong; may it not hesitate or waver before the doubts and uncertainties which philosophical systems or fashionable movements suggest to you.
May your faith be joyful, because it is based on awareness of possessing a divine gift.
Let your faith be active; let is manifest itself in generous charity towards those who are in need; let it be expressed in your availability for initiatives for the building up of the Kingdom of God.”
THE PILGRIM GOD WITH HIS PEOPLE
Jesus’ first journey in the womb of Mary! He journeys on our life’s path, always there. He was her protector – she had seen earlier that all to do with this pregnancy was protected by God. It would be most unusual for a woman in those days to travel alone. Mary may have gone with others but may have just put her trust in God. God’s life within her protected her as it protects us. Other times we will find God visits us through the visitation of others. A visit of God does something for us – redeems us.
John and Jesus seemed to recognise one another. In some strange way the Spirit entered Mary and Elizabeth in a new way. Maybe we can recognise the signs of God in love, care, justice, forgiveness and renewal these days. In the simple ways these things can happen, like the unexpected gift to say sorry, the tentative visit of reconciliation and the time spent which enhances the quality of relationships.
THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD
Christ is the Light of our World. Soon we will be observing once again that ancient star that led the Wise Men and will lead us to Bethlehem. God comes to us in the midst of collapsing worlds. Joseph and Mary had to flee into Egypt with their Holy Child, their world collapsing all around them. Perhaps that’s why Jesus could tell us with deep feeling and great compassion: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”
We need to rely on that, especially now in our own day.
PRAYER OF ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Feast Day 4th October
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
Servant God, grant us opportunity,
give us willingness to serve you
day by day, that what we do
and how we bear each other’s
burdens, may be our sacrifice to you.
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A Prayer from New Zealand
O God, the birds sing of the new day,
the sun bursts through,
and people begin to awaken,
humanity stirs, spirits are alive.
Implant within us the gifts
of wisdom and discernment
so that the everburning fire
of the Holy Spirit might shine forth
like the rays of the sun.
Hail to you O Christ, the navigator
and guide of our waka of faith. Amen
The Ven. Dr Hone Kaa (1941-2012)
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IN OUR PRAYERS THIS WEEK
- All carers
- Rough Sleepers programme
- SVP Soup Run on the Seafront
- St Anne’s Day Centre
- A.A. Meetings at Chapel Royal
- Our weekday Masses
- Our ministry of welcome
- Our prayer basket requests
- Our Parish Clergy
- Churchwardens and PCC
- The Saturday Coffee Shop