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This Week in Prayer

INCLUSIVE SPIRITUALITY – This Week in Prayer

This weekly column – a prompt and a resource for your prayer and awareness – is specially intended to be helpful in preparing prayer for a community or group. You are welcome to alert us to upcoming special occasions within the Edmund Rice Network.

Monday 20 October 2014

BIRTH OF THE BÁB (BAHAI TRADITION) and

OSTEOPOROSIS DAY

The Báb, the teacher and law-giver honoured as one of the forerunners of the Bahai faith, was executed at the age of thirty in 1850. His story, a classic tale of prophetic boldness and institutional reaction, can be read on Wikipedia.

Osteoporosis can be the underlying cause of a fracture, and often remains undiagnosed. See the website www.worldosteoporosisday.org

“When you innovate, you've got to be prepared for everyone telling you you're nuts.”  (Larry Ellison)

Tuesday 21 October

ST URSULA

Though historical details about St Ursula are vague – various traditions place her in four different centuries! – yet multiple legends and ways of honouring her demonstrate her lasting impact. In our prayer today we might remember Angela Merici’s Ursuline Sisters and their work in the education of girls.

“When you are through changing, you are through.”  (Bruce Barton)

Wednesday 22 October

STUTTERING AWARENESS DAY and

BLESSED JOHN PAUL II

International Stuttering Awareness Day turns our attention to the challenges faced by the 60 million people who stutter – prejudice, discrimination, and even isolation. See www.isastutter.org

John Paul II, the Polish-born Pope who played the role of global Catholic bridge-builder (‘Pontiff’) for over 26 years, was beatified on 1 May 2010, so this is only the fourth time his feast day is being celebrated. Like Edmund Rice, his life’s witness now awaits the official confirmation of canonization as a Saint.

“A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”  (Buddha)

Thursday 23 October

DIVERSITY AWARENESS MONTH

Diversity embraces all aspects of human life, from ethnicity and culture, to faith and sexuality, to gifts and needs, to style and taste. The month of October reminds us of our need for respectful appreciation and handling of differences, for the simultaneous acknowledgement of common ground, and for the spiritual movement to include rather than exclude.

“You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration.”  (James Allen)

Friday 24 October

UNITED NATIONS DAY and

WORLD DEVELOPMENT INFORMATION DAY and

ZAMBIA’s INDEPENDENCE DAY

United Nations Day helps to make known the UN’s aims and achievements and to attract broad-based ‘buy-in’ to caring about ‘the bigger picture’ and the voiceless in our world.

World Development Information Day coincides with United Nations Day to draw attention to the need for international co-operation in addressing the world’s development problems.

Zambia, celebrating its independence today, is a significant country in the Edmund Rice world. Christian Brothers from the USA and then from Ireland pioneered making the influence of Edmund felt in scattered and remote parts of this sparsely populated country. Some years ago their number was overtaken by Zambian-born Christian Brothers, and today the country has a growing network of Edmund Rice people.

“Live out of your imagination, not your history.”  (Stephen Covey)

Saturday 25 October

DISARMAMENT WEEK

The week of 24-30 October is Disarmament Week, a UN reminder of the need to reverse the dangerous arms race. On top of the threat posed by the very existence of nuclear weapons, an average of 2000 people die each day as a result of armed conflict, while landmines continue to maim people and to make huge areas unsafe and unusable.

“Fix your eyes forward on what you can do, not back on what you cannot change.”  (Tom Clancy)

Sunday 26 October

30th SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME and

FAMILY HISTORY MONTH and

MAKE-A-DIFFERENCE DAY

Here are five places where you can find commentaries on this Sunday’s readings:

  • On the right of our home page: find PRAYER GUIDE and click SUNDAY REFLECTION.
  • - click Mass Readings > click on 26 October (for the texts themselves).
  • – click Gospel Commentary > click on 26 October.
  • – scroll to 26 October > Get to Know the Readings. (Also in Spanish.)
  • – click Sun. Bible Reflections under Daily Bread. (Also in Spanish.)

The North American practice of highlighting family history in the month of October, like the honouring of ancestors in many ancient cultures, reminds us of the shoulders on which we stand and of the mystery of our interconnectedness.

Make-a-Difference Day is celebrated on the 4th Saturday of October. Today is the 24th anniversary of this USA tradition of having a rallying day for community service. Though it is not an international observance, it will surely resonate with Edmund Rice people throughout the thirty-or-so countries where his spirit is making its mark.

“Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.”  (Khalil Gibran)

For further websites and blogs that can support your prayer and reflection, click the PRIVATE REFLECTIONS button under PRAYER GUIDE on the right of our home page.

brother Michael Burke

editor

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