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For the Love of God [Prayer!]

Author of love and compassion, you never cease to pour out your love onto your adopted sons and daughters.  For you are always helping those, whom ask for your help and granting them their hearts desires. You Oh Father, are pure love, and you are the perfect example of love and how to love one another. As author of love itself, you have loved me immensely and have offered me the perfect example of love; sacrificing my life for a friend. 
Help me to experience your love in my life today. May my eyes be opened to see your loving hand working within the activities I do this day.
 Following in your example, may I love others as you have loved me. Help me to follow in your footsteps of love, and to make sacrifices for others. 
May I be so inspired and free to be able to love freely, as you freely love everyone of your children. May I not withhold my love from anyone, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, or what they have done to me. May the love you have given me, radi…
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The Banquet Of the Lord

My parish church is quite different in its liturgical set up compared to the typical Catholic parish. The altar and the Sanctuary, for instance, is situated in the middle of the church with all the pews surrounding it in a cross shape. So as you sit in one section you are facing the altar and at the same time can see the face of the people sitting across from you and to your sides. This, in my mind, is a great way of living and expressing our faith in a community. A theological saying that best summarizes it is,  We the body of Christ are gathered around the altar to receive the body of Christ.  We not only see the body of Christ in the Eucharist but at the same time can see the body of the Christ sitting across and next to us. We are surrounded around the table of the Lord, to partake of the heavenly banquet that he has prepared.

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A Prayer For the Day

Father of immeasurable goodness, 
Look kindly upon me this day, 
And guide my footsteps more and more to follow yours. 
Help me to find you, hidden in the day, 
And help me to understand the messages and lessons you are teaching me through this day,

Labouring For God

Even though I am still quite young, something great that I have continuously noticed, and thanked God for, is how the unexpected people, normally will have the biggest impact in life.  Be it the kids from the poor town in El Salvador, or the youth minister in High school or the elderly family in Poland, or the man who is a customer at my workplace who is homeless, or the children I teach. In these circumstances, where often my own ideas and my own prejudgments  made it seem as if these would just be some more people I see in my life, when really, they become very personally significant. The people who God had chosen, who I would have never predicted to be someone special or significant, essentially has.

    This really is how God works. He uses and calls the people who we do not think or who we sometimes judge to be unworthy or unimportant. God will use those who we do not expect and teach us many things that are profound and for a particular reason.

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Focus Prayer

My loving Jesus,       You have planted me in this world, in this time, for your perfect will and reason. Though I may face struggles and hardships, Thank you for the situations you have placed me in to experience and learn from. 
     This world is faced with many distractions Lord, distractions that take me away from you. I am often encouraged and told by society, strangers and even friends to do things contrary to your law, and to break my relationship with you. It is easy Lord, to lose focus on you among these encouragements, and business of my day, I am sorry for the times I have not been focused and mindful of you. 
     Amid all the distractions and stress I face today, help me to stay focused on you. Help me to stay keep always in my focus, never letting your love for me and everyone else leave my thoughts. Strengthen me as I resolve to try to remain more focused on you, for when I do, I know that everything falls into place and that you lead me down the right paths. 
Help me…