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Daily Prayer - 2013-09-20

Presence

I pause for a moment and think of the love and the grace that God showers on me, creating me in his image and likeness, making me his temple....

Freedom

Lord, you granted me the great gift of freedom.
In these times, O Lord, grant that I may be free
From any form of racism or intolerance.
Remind me, Lord, that we are all equal
in your Loving eyes.

Consciousness

At this moment Lord I turn my thoughts to You. I will leave aside my chores and preoccupations.
I will take rest and refreshment in your presence Lord.

The Word of God

Luke 8:1-3

Soon afterwards Jesus went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him, as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Herod's steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their resources.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

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  • Saint Edith Stein is a figure of hope in today’s world as we search for spiritual meaning. Born a Jew, she went through a period of atheism, then became a philosopher. She emerged into Catholicism and became the leading voice of Christian women in Hitler’s Germany. Next she became a Carmelite nun. When rounded up with her sister by the Nazis, she said ‘Come, Rosa, we go for our people.’
  • She died a martyr. Her last words, before being sent to the gas chambers of Auschwitz in 1942, include: “If you want to follow the Saviour with purity of heart, your heart must be free of every earthly desire. Jesus, the crucified, wants your life in order to give you his”. Her terrible times shaped her greatness. May we take courage from such a life.

Conversation

How has God's Word moved me? Has it left me cold?

Has it consoled me or moved me to act in a new way?

I imagine Jesus standing or sitting beside me,

I turn and  share my feelings with
him.

Conclusion

I thank God for these few moments we have spent alone together and for any insights I may have been given concerning the text.

Amen

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