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Monday, April 26, 2010

Prayer for M.O.M. (twilight years)

Good Morning Prayer Warriors!

Happy Monday. Last night I started reflecting on marriages once again, this time on couples in their “twilight” years. Their relationship seems so special. They are mutually supportive, loving, kind, protective, & thoughtful. Why these spouses even start looking like each other! There seems to be an added strength in marriages as they’ve weathered the storms. Could it be they’ve come to understand humility, their own weaknesses, and the need to be interdependent? They’ve gained patience, learned selflessness, and grown in love and respect. What can we learn from this?

Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good;
love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor. Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.
Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer. Rom 12::9-12


Talk with a couple you admire who have been married over 30 years. Ask them the key to their joy and long-lasting marriage. Share their story with others; renew hope. Most of all pray for all marriages, especially those in most need.

May your week be blessed.

Peace, Joy, and Love,
Janet

Friday, April 23, 2010

Pray for Familiies (special prayer)

Good Morning Prayer Angels,

I was sent this wonderful prayer that I would like to share. Let us humbly approach the Lord as we pray this prayer for families.

“We ask you, Lord, to protect and watch over this family, so that in the strength of your grace its members may enjoy prosperity, possess the priceless gift of your peace, and, as the Church alive in the home, bear witness in this world to your glory.”
—Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers

So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help. Heb 4:16

Now pray for families that are struggling, ask that they receive the gift of faith and patience. For their faith will sustain them when the journey is difficult, while also helping them to grow in patience. And ultimately, patience will help them grow in faith.

Peace, Joy, and Love,
Janet

Monday, April 19, 2010

Pray for M.O.M. (Hope)

Good Morning Prayer Angels!

When I say good morning I mean to say:

G-od
O-ffers us His
O-utstanding
D-evotion to

M-ake us
O-bedient &
R-eady for a
N-ew day with Him.
I-nspire others please, and
N-ever forget
G-od loves you!

Isn’t this wonderful? A childhood friend of mine sent it to me and I just had to share it with all of you!

As we ready ourselves for prayer, let’s meditate on the word, HOPE. Hope is the confident expectation of divine blessing and the beatific vision of God. * Despair is ceasing to hope. Sometimes it is difficult to remember that the Lord is faithful to his promises.

Is there an aspect of your life in which you’ve lost hope? Ask Him for grace, that your hope may be steadfast. Then pray for marriages, that when the journey becomes difficult, spouses never lose hope, and that through a conversion of heart, they place all hope in Him.

“May the eyes of (your) hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones” Eph 1:18

Peace, Joy, and Love,
Janet

* CCC 2090

Friday, April 16, 2010

Pray for Families (poverty of being unloved)

Good Morning Prayer Angels!

I hope you have already said you first prayer for families!

In trying to understand the breakdown of the family, I was contemplating the differences of today's American family versus that of my youth. Ah, the change is so slow and insidious! When I was young, we played games together, went to sporting events, and watched TV as a family. And no telephone conversation was completely private, as you were limited by the length of the telephone cord. Houses were smaller and there wasn't much personal space, thus a forced togetherness! Today, with the advance in electronics, each family member can record their favorite show and watch it on their own (usually in their own corner of the house). With Gameboys, iPhones, WIIs, PCs and Macs, each family member can choose the isolation of their choice. Have you ever noticed that when you mean to just take a minute to check email, hours can pass? It is like internet A.D.D.! One link leads to the next, leads to the next. How often is any of this stealing valuable family time?

When accepting the Nobel Peace Prize, Mother Teresa spoke of poverties other than just material poverty. She spoke of the poverty that affected even the rich in affluent countries-- that of being unloved, unwanted, uncared for by their own. She spoke of homes with old parents always focusing their eyes on the door....hoping a child would come to visit....feeling forgotten. She was also surprised in the West to see so many young boys and girls given in to drugs, because there was no one at home to receive them. How often were their eyes focused on the door...awaiting a parent to return....while feeling unloved.

I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them." John: 17:26

Action: Cut back or eliminate something that is a time stealer. Spend your "new-found time" with a family member or someone who feels isolated and forgotton. And pray for families!

Peace, Joy, and Love,
Janet

Monday, April 12, 2010

Pray for M.O.M. (Mercy)

I heard a great homily at mass yesterday. The priest said, “Life begins with mercy. When we forgive someone, OUR life begins.”

This completely follows last Fridays call to action: Forgiveness. Mercy. Reconcilation. We don’t lose, we gain. We aren’t “giving in”. In dying to self and imitating Christ, we are reborn.

So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come. And all this is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and given us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting their trespasses against them and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. So we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us.
2 Corinthians 17-20


Today let us celebrate a renewed life in Christ. Let us see Christ in everyone we meet.

Let us pray too that all marriages are reborn in Him.

Peace, Joy, and Love,
Janet

Friday, April 9, 2010

Pray for Families (forgiveness)

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Happy Easter Friday!

As we stand renewed by the resurrection, let us continue to keep ourselves in check. It is so easy to slip into old ways, especially when it comes to resentment, which eventually turns to bitterness. I saw the following tagline on my cousin's email and loved what a beautiful and true sentiment it was.

"To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you." ~Lewis B. Smedes

As we near the sunrise of Divine Mercy Sunday, let us forgive a family member or friend who has hurt us, and then reconcile and rejoice!

Man may be merciful to his fellow man, but the LORD'S mercy reaches all flesh, reproving, admonishing, teaching, as a shepherd guides his flock;
Merciful to those who accept his guidance, who are diligent in his precepts. Sirach 18: 11-13


Pray for Families, that they make always seek to reconcile!

Have a wonderful weekend.
Peace, Love, and Joy,
Janet

Monday, April 5, 2010

Pray for M.O.M. (renewal in Christ)

Happy Easter Monday!
Alleluia, Alleluia!

If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory. Col 3:1-4


Action: Signify new life in the Risen Christ. Choose a small compromise or a selfish habit to forgo as a symbol of renewal. Offer it up for your marriage or someone else's. Then say a prayer for all marriages.

Peace, Joy, and Love,
Janet

Friday, April 2, 2010

Pray for Families (Cross = Love)

Good Morning. Good Friday.

Christ’s Passion. Unfathomable Love for us sinners.

Cross = Love

Crosses. We all have our own. And most of us are willing to give them up at any time! But unlike Christ, we deserve our crosses. A cross is 2 beams at odds with each other. My will opposing His will. The irony is one doesn’t achieve true peace until we conform to His will. We struggle so much with “dying to self”, not realizing that there begins our journey into wholeness.

Love. Today love more fully by uniting your cross with His. Offer it up for a family struggling to remain whole. Then praise God for teaching us how to love by example.

I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
John 13 34-35


May you have a blessed Easter.
Peace, Love, and Joy,
Janet

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