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Friday, September 27, 2013

Pray for Families (Help for the poor)


Greetings Prayer Warriors,

In the spirit of St Vincent de Paul, and on today his feast day, I’d like to pray for those who are not just financially poor, but those who are spiritually impoverished. 

Many people recognize an interior longing, but not the source of that longing.  In hopes of satisfying it, they search for love, money, fame, success, physical gratification, drug-induced highs; anything in hopes of quenching this unidentified desire.  Yet it remains. 

“There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty -- it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There's a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.”  -Blessed Mother Teresa 

Only Love Himself can feed one’s true hunger, however often the Lord calls us to be His presence in the world.  Are we listening?

Do you know someone who is lonely?  Is wealthy in cash, but poor in spirit? Feels unloved, unappreciated, or hopeless?  Is rich in the Lord, but financially devastated? Is approaching despair? Just needs someone to listen?  In addition to prayer, how might you help them?  Where is the Lord calling you to reflect His light and share His love?  Where is He calling you to share your resources? 

Is this not, rather, the fast that I choose: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; Setting free the oppressed, breaking off every yoke? Is it not sharing your bread with the hungry, bringing the afflicted and the homeless into your house; Clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own flesh?  Isaiah 58:6-7

Spend some time with your family “listening” in prayer.   Where might God be directing you?  Your family?   While you listen, I will pray for you. 

Peace, Joy, and Love,
Janet

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