Fr. Johnny Doherty, C.Ss.R.

 January 14th – 20th 2018

 Answering God’s Call

The disciples asked Jesus ‘where do you live?’ He replied ‘come and see’. One of the most beautiful truths of our faith is found in the promise that Jesus made to us “where two or three are gathered in my name I am there with them.” It is an answer for us to the question that the disciples asked. Jesus lives in our community with one another because of our baptism. He lives in every married couple because of the sacrament they share. He lives in every home because of the love that bonds us to one another as parents with children, as sisters and brothers. The significance of our faith community is that it is not merely a place where we worship but is a real presence of Christ in our world. We will only see him in all these special places in so far as we answer his call to love God with our whole heart and to love one another as he loves us.

Morning Prayer, when together

Father of heaven and earth,

hear our prayers

and show us the way to peace in the world.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

 During the day, when apart

Father, may we celebrate your gift of love

with reverence and enthusiasm.

We believe that you continue the work of Christ’s redemption

through our sacrament of marriage lived in love.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

 Evening/Night Prayer together

Lord, you nourish us every day with gifts of your love.

Fill us with your Spirit

and make us one in peace and love.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

Questions for Action for the week

For your marriage: In what ways could you surprise your wife/husband in your love this week?

 For others: Is there anyone in your life you find it difficult to listen to?

How could you change in relation to that person this week? 

Couple Prayer:    How to use it

  • See it as a little weekly programme for living and growing your marriage
  • On Friday evening or Saturday each week, take a half hour or so to talk together about your marriage in the light of the Scripture reflection. This is always taken from the Sunday Mass, so it is also a couple preparation for this celebration of the Eucharist.
  • During this half hour spend some time answering the two questions at the bottom of the sheet, firstly by writing your own personal response to them and then, as appropriate, sharing your answers with each other
  • From Sunday to Saturday practice the short prayer for your marriage, Morning and Evening when together, and during the day when you are on your own. These prayers are based on the prayers that are special to each Sunday Mass
  • If possible, meet occasionally with other married couples to share your reflections and to support one another


Consider the following statistics as quoted in For Better & For Ever p.130 by Fr. Robert A. Ruhnke, C.Ss.R.

  • The current divorce rate in the U.S. is about 50%
  • Of those couples who worship together each Sunday, the divorce rate is 3.3%
  • Of those couples who also pray regularly together in their home, the divorce rate is 0.3%

This is well worth thinking about!