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Daily Prayer - 2014-09-15


As I begin this prayer, God is present,
breathing life into me and into everything around me.
For a few moments, I remain silent,
and become aware of God's loving presence.


Lord, I pray for your gift of freedom.
May your Holy Spirit
guide those in power to work for
equality for all your people.


Where do I sense hope, encouragement, and growth areas in my life?
By looking back over the last few months, I may be able to see which activities and occasions have produced rich fruit.
If I do notice such areas, I will determine to give those areas both time and space in the future.

The Word of God

John 19:25-27

Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.

Some thoughts on today's scripture

  • Today we remember Our Lady of Sorrows. It is only right that we should reflect on the union of Mary and Jesus in the mystery of Salvation. As far as Mary is concerned, we know so little for certain; How much did she know? How much was she and the family involved in the public life of her son? Not much, if we are to accept the paucity of gospel references to her during the ministry. But we can imagine her puzzlement during the ups and downs of his public life, and we can speculate on the many long years of the hidden life. There is no need to speculate about her dreadful pain during his passion. Any mother would be torn apart emotionally at the death of their only son by crucifixion inflicted unjustly. How much more would she have been, given her sensitivity arising from her closeness to Him by grace and nature?
  • I suggest this prayer of St Anselm: O good mother, by the love with which you love your son and desire him to be loved, obtain for us the grace we pray you to love him truly as you truly love him and desire him to be loved.


May your Holy Spirit guide me
In all my dealings with others.
May I use the gift of speech with kindness.


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


Thank you for praying with Sacred Space today.

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