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Invocation

Intentions for January 2013

 

Intentions for January 2013

-For God's Healing, Protecting Peace & Hope

-To move forward despite all the pain, sorrows and hardships

-For a nurse thrown out of service without advance notice. Pray for her to find another job

-For a young Indian family to find secure settlement in Australia

- To find helpful friends so to find time to write the legal submission. 

- For success in business against all odds

- For the reunion and blessing of the family with prosperity, protection, love, health, and unity. 

-For a candidate to pass the Health & Life Insurance State Exam at the 1st attempt

 
-For a better paying job to support better the family
 
-For faith to accept persons as gift

-For the grace to speak words of kindness and blessing over those who have hurt me. Lord, I ask you to bless them, change them, help them, and lead them into a higher way of life. 

-For the incredible friendships in my life, such loving, faithful, and true relationships to continue. 

-For the protection of children, girls and women all over the globe. May the dawn of 2013 make a difference in valuing life and treating women as equals. Pray earnestly for a change of heart.

 

 

General Intention - The Faith of Christians

That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.

How is your Year of Faith going? Has it been a priority in your life since it began last October? Pope Benedict doesn’t want us to lose track of this time of grace so he asks us to pray this month that our knowledge of Christ may deepen, that our faith in him might be more joyful and attract people to him.

In announcing the Year of Faith, the Pope wrote about “a profound crisis of faith that has affected many.” He said, “We want this Year to arouse in every believer the aspiration to profess the faith in fullness and with renewed conviction, with confidence and hope.”

We can do this, first, by making “a concerted effort to rediscover the fundamental content of the faith,” especially through the Catechism of the Catholic Church. But we know that at its deepest level our faith is in a person. This year each of us can seek an encounter with that Person, Jesus. The Pope wrote: “We will need to keep our gaze fixed upon Jesus Christ, the ‘pioneer and perfecter of our faith’ (Hebrews 12:2).” For, “in him, all the anguish and all the longing of the human heart finds fulfillment.”

The Pope reminds us that “Faith grows when it is lived as an experience of love received and when it is communicated as an experience of grace and joy.” Our prayer this month should lead us to that great “experience of love” which we won’t be able to keep to ourselves but will joyfully share with everyone. This love in us is the love in the Heart of Jesus.

Reflection: What are some of the signs of the “crisis of faith”? How can our faith help the Church respond to that crisis?

Scripture: 1 Peter 3:13-17 Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for the reason for your hope.

Mission Intention - Middle Eastern Christians

That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.

This month Pope Benedict asks us to pray for our brothers and sisters in the Middle East.  There Christians are caught amid conflicts between peoples and religions. Many Middle Eastern Christians have fled their homelands.  We pray that those who remain may find strength through the Holy Spirit, who draws Christians into communion.  The unity of Christians in the Middle East can be an effective witness for reconciliation.
Last September Pope Benedict travelled to the Middle East to show his support for Christians there.  He issued his Apostolic Exhortation after the Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East, which had met in October 2010.

In his Exhortation Pope Benedict reminded Middle Eastern Christians of their origin.  “The example of the first community in Jerusalem,” he wrote, “can serve as a model for renewing the present Christian community and making it a place of communion for witness. The Acts of the Apostles give us a simple yet touching early description of this community born on the day of Pentecost: a company of believers who were of one heart and soul. Communion is not the result of our own human efforts. It comes about, above all else, by the power of the Holy Spirit, who creates in us the faith which works through love.”

May Christ’s followers in the Middle East, Catholics and other Christians as well, be one in courageously bearing this difficult yet exhilarating witness to Christ! May they know the encouragement and support of the Christian world as a whole.”
In that Spirit, let us offer ourselves this month for Christians in the Middle East.


Reflection: How are charity and unity in my own parish community a witness to the wider world that peace will only come through reconciliation?

Scripture: Luke 12: 2-12   Do not be afraid … the Holy Spirit will teach you what you should say.

Wish you dear friend a new dawn of health, peace, joy and beauty!

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