THE COUPLE THAT PRAYS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER.

Fr. Johnny Doherty, C.Ss.R.

 January 21st – 27th 2018

 The Ways of the Lord

“Follow me and I will make you into fishers of people.” Those words of Jesus, which are given to us for this week, are usually thought of as being addressed to people with a vocation to the priesthood or religious life. They are about vocation certainly but are addressed to each of us. The four great vocations in the Church are single life, married life, religious life and priesthood. All of us who are baptised are living one of those and each of us is vital to the health of the whole body, the Church. We live our vocations in different ways but to the same end, the salvation of the world. Our task is to discover how to live our own vocation to the full. This means discovering how to make our love radiate out to those around us. We begin in our homes with those who are closest to us. Then we can reach out to the world around us. When we are with Christ and following him love will be the characteristic of our lives.

Morning Prayer, when together

All powerful and ever-living God,

direct your love that is within us in our marriage,

that our efforts in the name of your Son

may bring the world to unity and peace.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

During the day, when apart

Lord, receive the gift of our married love.

Let our efforts at loving more deeply make us holy

and bring us and all our loved ones salvation.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

Evening/Night Prayer together

God, all powerful Father,

may the new life you give us

increase our love for each other in marriage

and keep us in the joy of your kingdom.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

Questions for Action for the week

For your marriage: In what way could you bring the gift of your love to another couple this week?

For others: How could you, as a couple, encourage and support someone with a different vocation from yourselves this week?