A Prayer For You

A collection of prayers, reflections and meditations.

Jul 282008
 

It’s already 7 days since our return from WYD08 …. and I miss it. To say it was an amazing week in Sydney is an understatement. I felt part of one huge family as I walked around Sydney from one event to another. One of the beautiful things about WYD was seeing so many nationalities come together – all different in language and customs, but all one in faith because the Holy Spirit speaks one language. So we were all one heart in the Lord. Magnificent sights wherever we walked – a sea of people and flags, smiles and friendliness.

This week has been a time of recovery from sore feet and aching legs but more importantly it’s also been a time for reflection … although I believe the sharing of WYD experiences will be an ongoing thing, along with thoughts of the next international World Youth Day which will be held in Madrid in 2011.

The theme of WYD Sydney 2008 was –

“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses”

As one pilgrim pointed out yesterday to a group of us gathering together – ‘WYD week may be over but we have only completed one part of WYD08 … and now we must continue on with second part’ He was referring to “… and you will be my witnesses”

It’s now time for all pilgrims who are returning home to be witnesses for Christ. They will carry the blessings of WYD to their families & communities. There will be many stories to share, friendships formed, and hearts touched. Now it’s time to spread the Lord’s peace, His love and His word to all we meet.

It has been a special time filled with love & a true sense of family in the Lord. So now, World Youth Day lives on in the hearts & lives of all who came and each will go forth bearing witness for the Lord ….. and preparing for WYD Madrid 2011.

Mar 282008
 

“Each of us is an individual, a person , a creature of God, one of his children, someone very special whom God loves and for whom Christ died. This identity of ours determines the way we must live, the way we must act, the way we must view our mission in the world. We come from God, we depend on God, God has a plan for us – a plan for our lives, for our bodies, for our souls, for our future. This plan for us is extremely important – so important that God became man to explain it to us”.

            Meeting with youth, New Orleans, 1987

                                                            Pope John Paul II

Mar 252008
 

“Mercy in itself, as a perfection of the infinite God, is also infinie. Also infinte therefore and inexhaustible is the Father’s readiness to receive the prodigal children who return to his home. Infinite are the readiness and power of forgiveness which flow continually from the marvelous value of the sacrifice of the Son. No human sin can prevail over this power or even limit it. On the part of man only a lack of good will can limit it, a lack of readiness to be converted and to repent, in other words persistence in obstinacy, opposing grace and truth, especially in the face of the witness of the Cross and Resurrection of Christ”.

            Dives In Misericordia

“When it comes to salvation in the kingdom of God, it is not a question of just wages, but of the undeserved generosity of God, who gives himself as the supreme gift to each and every person who shares in divine life through sanctifying grace”.

            Homily at Detroit

                                                       Pope John Paul II

God Bless,

Elena

Mar 232008
 

 May the Resurrection Power of our Lord Jesus Christ flow as a spring of fresh water around the nations, and may the Spirit of Truth fall upon the Nations, setting the captives free, making the blind to see, setting free the oppressed and healing hte broken hearted. 

We Rejoice, and sing the Alleluia choruses.

Buona Pasqua!   –  Happy Easter!

God Bless,

Elena

Mar 222008
 

“Through Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross, the victory of the Kingdom of God has been achieved once and for all. Nevertheless, the Christian life involves a struggle against temptation and the forces of evil. Only at the end of history will the Lord return in glory for the final judgement with the establishment of a new heavan and a new earth; but as long as time lasts, the struggle between good and evil continues even in the human heart itself”.

            Centimus Annus

“Christ, in revealing the love-mercy of God, at the same time demanded from people that they also should be guided in their lives by love and mercy. This requirement forms part of the very essence of the messianic message, and constitutes the heart of the Gospel ethos”.

            Dives In Misericordia

Forgiveness demonstates the presence in the world of the love which is more powerful than sin. Forgiveness is also the fundamental condition for reconciliation, not only in the relationship of God with man, but also in relationships between people. A world from which forgiveness was eliminated would be nothing but a world of cold and unfeeling justice, in the name of which each person would claim his or her own right vis-a vis others …”

            Dives In Misericordia

                                                  Pope John Paul II

Mar 212008
 

Good Friday is the most solemn time in the church’s season. It is a time when we remember & reflect on Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross making it possible for the salvation of All peoples. It is a time for forgiveness & mercy, for repentant hearts to turn to the Lord. It is a time when we reflect on the great love that one can have for another – a selfless love, an unconditional love, that Jesus Christ has for us all.

So today, we solemnly reflect on the Lord’s love for us. We kneel in homage to the cross of Christ and we share in his pain & sorrow. We bring to mind our own sinfulness and ask forgiveness.

We remember Jesus and all that He had said and done in the presence of the apostles. We rememer His love, His words, and the hope we have in the cross. 

“The power of Christ’s Cross and Resurrection is greater than any evil which man could or should fear”.

“Awareness of our own sinfulness, including that which is inherited, is the first condition for salvation; the next is the confession of this sin before God, who desires only to receive this confession so that He can save man. To save means to embrace and lift up with redemptive love, with love that is always greater than any sin”.   

          Pope John Paul II – Crossing the Threshold of Hope.

God Bless

Elena