Fr. Johnny Doherty, C.Ss.R.

 August 13th – 19th 2017

Courage, it is I

Jesus said to his disciples: “Courage!  It is I.  Do not be afraid.” Fear is identified in the Scriptures as the single greatest enemy of life and love. It affects everything we do and everything we hope for. Courage, on the other hand, is one of the qualities we most need to develop if we are to live and love and hope to the full. It takes courage for any woman and man to pledge their love for the rest of their lives in marriage. It takes even more courage to live that out any way fully. It takes courage for parents to have children and even more so to bring them up to be people of hope and confidence. And it takes courage to believe in Christ and to live out that belief in everyday life. This kind of courage for the sake of all that is best in our lives means making decisions that are in favour of what we hold dear. These decisions can often mean denying ourselves things for a greater good. They can also mean going against the norm that is around us .

 Morning Prayer, when together
Almighty and ever living God,
your Spirit made us your children,
confident to call you Father.
Increase your Spirit within us in our marriage
and bring us to our promised inheritance.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

 During the day, when apart
God of power,
giver of all the gifts we possess,
accept the offering of our love for one another
and make our marriage the sacrament of our salvation.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

Evening/Night Prayer together
Lord, may your love for us
bring us to salvation
and keep us faithful to the light of your truth.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord.
Questions for Action for the week
For your marriage: Do you ever feel taken for granted by your wife/husband?
If so, how can you talk about that this week?
For others: Think of some group that works for those who are separated or divorced.
How could you support that group this week?