October 20th 2013
The Power of Prayer
‘Jesus told his disciples a parable about the need to pray continually and never to lose heart.’ There are so many things that knock the heart out of us today. In the Church there are all the sex abuse scandals; in society there are the financial scandals of politicians and business people; in family life there is a major breakdown; in parishes there are so many people who have given up. And on and on it goes. And yet we have a power that can bring us through all of it – the power of prayer. Prayer should not be an escape from the serious things that are all around us. We have to face up to all of them. But prayer is a reminder that we don’t have to face up to them on our own but with the presence and help of God. The two places where this prayer is most urgent is in our homes so that our family life can grow, and in our parish so that we can become the people God wants, a people committed to his way for our world.
Fr. Johnny Doherty, C.Ss.R.
Morning Prayer, when together
Almighty and ever-living God, our source of power and inspiration,
give us strength and joy in serving you as followers of Christ.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
During the day, when apart
Lord God, may the gift of our love for each other
bring us your love and forgiveness
and give us freedom to serve you with our lives.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord.
Evening/Night Prayer together
Loving Father, may your Holy Spirit
help us to remain faithful to you and to each other
and teach us the way of eternal life.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Questions for Action for the week
For your marriage: In what ways could you listen more fully to the needs of your wife/husband this week?
For others: How could you make special time for prayer, personally and as a family, each day this week?