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Monday, March 29, 2010

Pray for M.O.M. (Hero to Zero)

Dear Prayer Warriors,

I was reflecting on Palm Sunday and was trying to wrap my brain around the gospel events of Jesus being hailed as Messiah one day, and less than a week later being crucified.

Although nothing our lives can compare to that, I think almost everyone has had a “hero to zero” moment. You know what I’m talking about. We’ve all experienced this whether at home, with friends or with bosses at work; hero one moment, on bottom the next. But since it’s Monday, let’s relate it to marriage. As newlyweds, our spouse is just phenomenal! Our hero! A perfect 10! How did we get so lucky! Then over time, our spouse starts slipping in the number scale. For so many our hero starts looking like a zero. What changed?

Did they really change that dramatically? Or could it be the way we look at them? Did they change or did our perspective and ultimately our actions toward them change?

What would happen if we treated them the way we did when we first married them? Would their behavior toward us change? Would that affect our current relationship?

This I command you: love one another. John 15:17

As we enter Holy Week, let us meditate on Christ’s steadfast love and attempt to imitate it in all of our relationships. And, on Easter morning, may you all experience the joy of his resurrection!

Peace, Love, and Joy,

Monday, March 22, 2010

Pray for M.O.M. (Grace to resist sin)

Good Morning Prayer Warriors!

Is there a better way to start the week than to pray for marriages? Sin always seeks to destroy this union, dating back to Adam and Eve. So let us pray for the grace to resist sin, and to seek His mercy when we fall into sin.

“Every man experiences evil around him and within himself. This experience makes itself felt in the relationships between man and woman. Their union has always been threatened by discord, a spirit of domination, infidelity, jealously, and conflicts that can escalate into hatred and separation.” “The disorder we notice so painfully does not stem from the nature of man and woman, nor from the nature of their relations, but from sin.” “To heal the wounds of sin, man and woman need the help of the grace that God in his infinite mercy never refuses them. Without His help, man and woman cannot achieve the union of their lives for which God created them ‘in the beginning.’”
(ref CCC 1606,1607)

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access (by faith) to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint because the love of God have been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us”. Rom.5:1-5

Let us pray that all couples turn to Him to ask forgiveness and receive His mercy, and that the Lord showers them with enough grace to provide strength and endurance, which will ultimately lead to renewed hope.

Pray, Pray, Pray and pass it on!

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Friday, March 19, 2010

Pray for Families (The example of St. Joseph)

Greetings Prayer Warriors!

Happy Feast of St. Joseph! Talk about a family man to emulate! He was the ultimate stepfather,and husband!

As we pray for families, let a take a few moment to reflect on the life of St Joseph. When he found himself betrothed to Mary, who he later learned was pregnant, even though he learned the true source of her pregnancy, humiliation and mockery from others must have been abundant. He couldn't very easily retort, "Guys, really, the Holy Spirit got her pregnant!" He remained righteous, honorable, and complied with the will of the Father. He responded with love toward Mary, and then ultimately his stepson, Jesus.

When we are having difficulty with any family dynamics, let us stop for a moment and ask the Father, what is your will for me in this situation? How would you like me to respond/act? Then do as Joseph did, and say "yes".

Pray, pray, pray for families. Pass it on!

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Monday, March 15, 2010

Pray for M.O.M. (Love Unconditionally)

Happy Monday!

Doesn't just saying the word "Monday conjure up busyness in your mind! So much we need to get on top of at the beginning of a week!

So today, allow yourself at least 5 minutes of silence and stillness to feel the presence of God. Take a moment to feel his unconditional love. Then try to love someone unconditionally today. Also try to make some small sacrifice and offer it up for marriages.

We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him.
1John 4:16

And of course, pray for marriages and pass it on!

Peace, Love, and Joy,

Friday, March 12, 2010

Pray for Families (self-sacrifice)

Greeting to all of you on this third Friday of Lent,

When I think of Lent, I think of self-sacrifice for the good of self and the good of others. When I think of parenting I think of what a great training ground for self-sacrifice! Oh, the Lord is so wise!

As we pray for the strength and stability of all families today, let us also make some sacrifice today for the good of our own families and for the praise and glory of our God. But remember to make such sacrifices with a cheerful countenance and sincere heart. Joy is infectious, but so is grumpiness!

The heart changes the countenance, either for good or evil. The sign of a happy heart is a cheerful face. Sirach 13:25-26

As always, pass it on!

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Monday, March 8, 2010

Pray for M.O.M. (Mercy and Hope for Marriages)

Blessings to you this Monday morning!

I hope everyone is well rested and raring to go for another week of prayer!

Today let us pray for consolation for marriages that have dissolved, hope for those marriages that have reached rock bottom, the healing of marriages that are broken and limping along, and the strengthening of all good marriages into great marriages so that they can become a beacon of Light to others. The Lord’s mercy and love are infinite, so continue to pray fervently.

“The favors of the Lord are not exhausted, his mercies are not spent;
They are renewed each morning, so great is his faithfulness.
My portion is the Lord, says my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
Lamentations 3:22-24

Pass on some hope to someone feeling hopeless.

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Friday, March 5, 2010

Pray for Families (The 3 Intimacies of Love)

Happy Friday dear prayer warriors!

I read the following passage this morning and wanted to share it with you. It is comes from Fulton J. Sheen in The Eternal Galilean,

“Love has three and only three intimacies: speech, vision, and touch. These three intimacies God has chosen to make intelligible to our poor hearts. God has spoken: He told us that he loves us: That is Revelation. God has been seen: That is the Incarnation. God has touched us by His grace: That is Redemption. Well indeed therefore He may say: “What more could I do for my vineyard than I have done? What other proof could I give of my love than to exhaust myself in the intimacies of love? What else could I do to show that my own Sacred Heart is not less generous than your own?”

ACTION: As we pray today for the protection and strenthening of families, let us also share the 3 intimacies of love with our own family. Tell each member of your family what you love about them and that you love them. Thus, repay God's love with love, the ultimate prayer. See Christ's reflection in each one of them as a testament to your faith. Give them a warm embrace to show real communion. We can begin to build community by starting at home.

Have a blessed weekend.

Peace, Joy, and Love,

Monday, March 1, 2010

Pray for M.O.M. (Perfect Love)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

May you all be richly blessed as we begin another week of prayer.

As we rev up to pray for marriages, let's take a look at how we view our relationships. Are we asking ourselves what we can get out of them? Or are we approaching them as Jesus did, in a spirit of love and self-giving?

Today as we pray for marriages, let us ask Jesus to guide us in perfect love.

No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us. 1 John 4:12

Pass it on.

Peace, Joy, and Love,

P.S. Don't forget. Your individual prayer intentions can be requested at