THE COUPLE THAT PRAYS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER.
Fr. Johnny Doherty, C.Ss.R.
December 4th – 10th 2016
Prepare a way for the Lord
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.” These words of John the Baptist in this Sunday’s Mass are sometimes used to scare people. They are another way of saying waken up and see the wonder and beauty all around you. The main way to repent is to stop taking so much for granted and begin again to have a sense of wonder at all the goodness that is in your life. A sure sign of repentance is joy. The first place to look for this is in your home and among your family Count your blessings here and begin seeing how much you are receiving from those you love rather than all you think you are giving. This will be a wonderful preparation for the joy of Christmas. Secondly look at the community of faith you belong to and acknowledge all the gifts and graces you receive there. And give thanks.
Morning Prayer together:
God of power and mercy, open our hearts in welcome.
Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy
so that we may share his wisdom
and become one with him when he comes in glory,
for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit One God for ever and ever. Amen.
During the day, when apart.
Lord, we are nothing without you.
As you sustain us with your mercy,
receive our prayers and offerings
and draw us closer to each other in love day by day.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Evening/Night Prayer together.
Father, you give us a share in your life through our love for one another in our marriage.
Teach us to live by your wisdom and to love the things of heaven.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Questions for Action for the week.
For your marriage: In what ways will you surprise your wife/husband in your love this week as a lead up to Christmas?
For others: How will you bring hope to others in the lead up to Christmas?