THE COUPLE THAT PRAYS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER.

 Fr. Johnny Doherty, C.Ss.R.

 September 24th – 30th 2017

The Generous Love of God

“Why be envious because I am generous?” It is very difficult to tolerate begrudgers, those who forget the riches they have themselves and are forever complaining about what others have. We can so easily become like that. We have a call this week to get in touch with all the good things that are in our lives and to give thanks and praise to God and to each other. This is particularly important for the health and growth of every marriage relationship. The greatest temptation in marriage is to take each other for granted and so become dissatisfied. Criticism then enters into the relationship and becomes destructive. A couple needs to be generous with each other and give time regularly to count their blessings. This is also so important in family life where the pull can be towards ever more material things rather than a true appreciation of the treasure that is in each person. The faith community can only be built on generosity also.

 Morning Prayer, when together

Father, guide us as you guide creation

according to your law of love.

May we love one another

and come to perfection in our marriage

in the eternal life prepared for us.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

During the day, when apart

Lord, may our daily efforts at growing in love

be pleasing to you.

May our marriage continue to bring us joy

and give glory to your name.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

Evening/Night Prayer together

Lord, help us with your kindness.

Make us strong in our love for one another in our marriage.

May we put into action the love that we profess.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

 Questions for Action for the week

For your marriage: What special gift could you give your wife/husband this week?

 For others:  Think of some group that works for the starving people of the world.

How could you be generous with that group this week?