CREATION

CAFOD have this wonderful introduction video to Pope Francis and his teaching about Mother Earth our common home.

Climate change and human sgreedhave all hurt mother Earth.  Creation was entrusted to us as something great and precious.  We have messed it up so badly that we it may never recover.  Watch this now.

 

 

Also check out resources here on Bishops website

https://www.catholicbishops.ie/2019/07/17/season-of-creation-2019/

 

Pope Francis on Caring for Our Common Home

“We need to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human family.”

“The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. In many parts of the planet, the elderly lament that once beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish.”
“Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last 200 years.”
“We are not God. The Earth was here before us and was given to us.”
“The idea of infinite or unlimited growth, which proves so attractive to economists, financiers and experts in technology … is based on the lie that there is an infinite supply of the earth’s goods, and this leads to the planet being squeezed dry at every limit.”
“Yet all is not lost. Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start.”

3.-Creation Prayer-Service-4th-October2019

 

A prayer for our earth
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.
Amen.

A Christian prayer in union with creation
Father, we praise you with all your creatures.
They came forth from your all-powerful hand; they are yours, filled with your presence and your tender love.
Praise be to you!
Son of God, Jesus,
through you all things were made.

You were formed in the womb of Mary our Mother, you became part of this earth, and you gazed upon this world with human eyes.
Today you are alive in every creature
in your risen glory.
Praise be to you!

Holy Spirit, by your light
You guide this world towards the Father’s love and accompany creation as it groans in travail.
You also dwell in our hearts
and you inspire us to do what is good.
Praise be to you!

Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love, teach us to contemplate you in the beauty of the universe, for all things speak of you.
Awaken our praise and thankfulness
for every being that you have made.
Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined to everything that is.

God of love, show us our place in this world as channels of your love for all the creatures of this earth, for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
Enlighten those who possess power and money that they may avoid the sin of indifference, that they may love the common good, advance the weak, and care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.

O Lord, seize us with your power and light, help us to protect all life, to prepare for a better future, for the coming of your Kingdom of justice, peace, love and beauty.
Praise be to you!
Amen.

Watch Greta spaking at the UN

see video

Greta Thunberg full speech at UN Climate Change COP24 Conference from Grow in Love by Veritas on Vimeo.

 

Finding God in all things .  Praying as St Ignatius liked to pray.


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/279296672″>The Ignatian Way: Finding God in All Things</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/loyolapress”>Loyola Press</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

 

October Resources. Month of Our Lady and the Rosary

Some resources for praying the Rosary and some meditations on life of Mary, Mother of God.

Mother of Sorrows

How to recite the Rosary

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rosary-colour-book-glorious-mysteries

Luminous Mysteries to Colour

Mysteries of the Rosary with scriptural readings

rosary lesson slides

Mary Service

Theotokos to colour

Hail Mary remains favourite prayer for young and old

Mary Woman of Faith

 

 

 

 

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY 20th OCTOBER 2019

        World Mission Sunday 2019

This year, World Mission Sunday, with the theme ‘Together We Are Mission’, will be celebrated over the weekend of 20th October. Throughout October, there are many, many ways you can show your support – be it through action, giving or prayer.

3_Childrens-Day-of-Mission-Prayer-Booklet

5_Mission-Poster-A2_English

1_Mission-Month-Booklet

4_Mission-Month-Toolkit

2_Mission-Sunday-Mass-Booklet-English

visit site for full details

https://www.wmi.ie/mm2019/mm2019-pack#1567504171848-4aa16ece-13cd

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I like this short meditation ,it puts all of this into a great context

“They left everything and followed him”

My vocation is grounded in belonging to Jesus, and in the firm conviction that nothing will separate me from the love of Christ. The work we do is nothing more than a means of transforming our love for Christ into some­thing concrete. I didn’t have to find Jesus. Jesus found me and chose me. A strong vocation is based on be­ing possessed by Christ. It means loving him with un­divided attention and faithfulness through the freedom of poverty and total self-surrender through obedience. This is the call of being a Missionary of Charity, being wholeheartedly given over to serving the poorest of the poor. It means serving Christ through his suffering appearance in the poor:

He is the Life that I want to live. He is the Light that I want to radiate. He is the Way to the Father. He is the Love with which I want to love. He is the Joy that I want to share. He is the Peace that I want to sow. Jesus is Everything to me. Without him, I can do nothing.

Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Saint Teresa of Calcutta (t 1997) founded the Missionaries of Charity and won the Nobel Peace Prize.

 

A Day for Life 6th Oct 2019

Catholic Bishops Conferences for Ireland, England and Wales have chosen to focus on domestic abuse as this year’s theme for the Day for Life 2019.

Laura’s Story is typical of what so often happens.  To read her story go to    http://www.dayforlife.org/article/2019-day-for-life-domestic-abuse/

or

http://www.dayforlife.org#DayforLife2019

Home

You can view the poster here below.

A Day for Life 6.10.2019

Some prayers

On this Day for Life, we pray for all those who are suffering and surviving domestic abuse, that they may be given hope and be filled with the love of God. Guide their abusers away from a course of violence and onto one of love.  Lord hear us ….

We pray for anyone who feels trapped or isolated in their home. Help us to reach out in love and friendship, responding to families affected by domestic abuse with patience, understanding and wisdom.  Lord hear us.

Lord, give us the courage to offer friendship to people in distress, remembering your example of the good Samaritan. Help us to know that prayers and actions must work hand in hand to bring about change. Lord hear us.

On this Day for Life, we pray for all lives, that they may be treated with respect and have their God-given dignity acknowledged from conception to natural death, as well as throughout life.