Fr. Johnny Doherty, C.Ss.R.

 December 10th – 16th 2017

 The Good News

It is written in the book of the prophet Isaiah: “A voice cries in the wilderness: Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight.” When we hear those words we automatically think of John the Baptist and they are certainly about him. But they are about us also. The task of each one of us is to prepare a way for the Lord so that he can enter into our world today; to make his paths straight so that he can enter into the heart of every human person, where he wants to live. Some of us, like John the Baptist, do this through preaching. The most important way though is through love. Our love needs to be active and growing whether it is in marriage or in family life. This takes commitment and effort every day so that those we love can know how special they are. And this love needs to be brought to our faith community so that everyone can find a home among us.


Morning Prayer, when 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.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


During the day, when apart

Lord, we are nothing without you.

As you sustain us with your mercy

receive our prayers and the gift of our married love.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.


Evening/Night Prayer together

Father, you give us so many wonderful gifts of love.

By our sharing in these gifts in our marriage and family life

teach us to judge wisely the things of earth

and to love the things of heaven.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.


Questions for Action for the week

For your marriage: What are three of the nicest things about your wife/husband right now?

How will you communicate those this week?


For others:  Choose two or three people who are special to you.

What are three of the best gifts each of them has? How will you tell them this week?