THE COUPLE THAT PRAYS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER.
Fr. Johnny Doherty, C.Ss.R.
December 2nd – 8th 2018
Our Liberation from Fear
Jesus said to his disciples: “hold your heads high, for your liberation is close at hand”. Over the past few years, with all the revelations of scandals in the Church and society, there is a lot for us to be ashamed of and repent for. However, the resulting despair that some people have experienced is not necessary because there continues to be so much goodness in the Church and society that we can be proud of. This week we begin a new year in our journey of faith with Christ. It is an opportunity to once again have confidence in his presence with us, and his power in us. Without in any way being unrealistic, this is a time to look towards him to save us and to set us free. We will find that freedom in how we are with one another in our homes and in our parish community as we approach Christmas and beyond with love rather than selfishness.
Morning Prayer, when together
increase our strength of will for doing good
that Christ may find an eager welcome at his coming
and call us to his side in the kingdom of heaven.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
During the day, when apart
Father, from all you give us
we present our love for one another in marriage.
As we serve you now, accept our offering
and sustain us with your promise of eternal life.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord.
Evening/Night Prayer together
Father, may our marriage and family life
teach us to love heaven.
May its promise and hope
guide our way on earth.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Questions for Action for the week
For your marriage: In what ways would you like to have greater freedom in your relationship with your wife/husband? Share these this week.
For others: Do you know anyone who is ‘imprisoned’ in any way? Contact them this week.