THE COUPLE THAT PRAYS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER.

 Fr. Johnny Doherty, C.Ss.R.

 April 22nd –  April 28th 2018

 The Good Shepherd

Jesus said: “I am the Good Shepherd; I know my own and my own know me.” This Sunday and the week ahead is a very special time of prayer for vocations. What does this mean for you personally, for you as a family and for you as a parish community? For many it quite possibly means very little and yet it has vital significance. We take for granted that there will always be priests to serve us with the Eucharist and religious to take the initiative in our social needs. Recent years have provided us with a very different reality and a very new challenge. In our response to Christ the Good Shepherd we are all called to make our homes places of his presence for the world. We can only do this through the confident ways we make our love for one another shine out and our faith in him be seen by those around us. And we need to make our faith community a place that attracts the attention of those around us. The Lord will then provide what is needed for the Eucharist and for leadership for a better world.

 Morning Prayer, when together

Almighty and ever-living God, give us new strength

from the courage of Christ our shepherd,

and lead us to join the saints in heaven.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

During the day, when apart

Lord, restore us to the fullness of love.

May the continuing work of our redeemer

bring us eternal joy.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

Evening/Night Prayer together

Father, eternal shepherd

watch over the people redeemed by the blood of Christ.

May our love for each other grow ever stronger

until we reach the promised land.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

 Questions for Action for the week

For your marriage: Make a list of some of the qualities you see in each other.

Share them and continue to add fresh ones.

For others: Do you know someone who has lost hope in any way? What can you do to help them this week?

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