“Teach us to pray.” This simple request from Jesus’ disciples expresses the desire of almost everyone with a spark of religious faith.
St. Paul assures us that the Holy Spirit helps us in our prayer and that God the Father is eager to hear and answer our prayers. In prayer we lift our hearts and minds to God. We address God directly and express our joys, sorrows, frustrations and failures.
The Gospels provide precious material about Jesus’ practice of prayer, give the texts of his prayer for the full coming of God’s Kingdom and offer examples of his surprising teachings about how to pray.
Everything that the Gospels present about prayer is consistent with what we learn about Jesus as the prophet of God’s Kingdom, the wise teacher, powerful and compassionate healer and miracle worker.
Daniel J. Harrington, S.J.
People are encouraged to mark he sixth of the nine novenas for the Year of Mercy on the theme of Forgiveness and forbearance at home on Friday 5 August. You can download a copy of the Novena and the additional materials.
Whenever a hand reaches out to do good or to show the love of Christ, to dry a tear or bring comfort to the lonely, to show the way to one who is lost or to console a broken heart, to help the fallen or to teach those thirsting for truth, to forgive or to offer a new start in God ... know that the Pope is at your side, the Pope supports you. Pope Francis
Derek Sylvester Lowe and Molly Barlow who died recently, all the faithful departed and all those living with or recovering from illness or undergoing medical treatment including: Vera Allen, Marc Bailey, Mary Birks, Ken Boyes, Amanda Bradbury, Vera Bradbury, Archie Brocklehurst, Liz Carroll, Ethan Connolly, Margaret Cripps, Marian Cullen, Josie & John Daintith, John Daniels, Nadine Davies, Monica Dixon, Mary Edwardson, Jimmy Evans, Laurie Finn, Pat Fisher, Fred Gatley, Larry Gilfedder, Maureen Gingell, Teresa Glover, Jamie Graham, Joan Grant, Tom Hopkins, Mary Howard, Graham Hutson, Joan Johnson, Mary Kellett, Lilly Kelly, Wendy Kirkpatrick, Fulvia Large, Esther Lloyd Jones, Renaldo Marcella, Bernadette MacConkey, Abigail McNicholas, Eileen Moyse, Ron Norman, James O’Hara, May O’Rourke, Mary Pajak, Charles Pendry, Margaret Pickup, Eileen Potter, Tony Potter, Fionuala Price, David Prince, Margaret Quinn, Christine Rowe, Shelley Scott, Darcie Sharp, Fred Simpson, Margaret Smith, Tom & Hazel Sudell, Canon Harry Stratton, Michael Swift, Joan Thomson, Howard Tomlinson, Pam Traynor, Pamela Verdon, Cecily Waite, Ben Watson, Mary Weavers, Ann Weiss, Graham Wilkes, John Williams & Colin Wright.
As the Summer Holiday Season gets into full swing we pray for the safety of all travellers, the delight that comes from the beauty of nature and the company of loved ones, and the restoration that comes through relaxation and play.