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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 3 November 2014

ST MARTIN DE PORRES and

DOMINICA’S INDEPENDENCE DAY

Martin lived four centuries ago but the authenticity of his life’s message about combining prayer and service to the poor and the powerless - as Edmund Rice did - continues to ensure the popularity of this Dominican mulatto saint right up to the present.

Dominica was the first Caribbean island where the Christian Brothers established a community (in 1956, followed by Antigua in 1958). The community continues to serve at St Mary’s Academy in the capital Roseau. A second community served for some years in Portsmouth.

“Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.”  (Robert Schuller)

Tuesday 4 November

ST CHARLES BORROMEO

Charles Borromeo was a leading 16th Century church reformer. Believing that ignorance and poor education were the source of many of the Church’s problems, he put emphasis on learning, including adequate preparation of future priests. He became Cardinal Archbishop of Milan, dying at age 46.

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”  (Winston Churchill)

Wednesday 5 November

LATIN-AMERICAN MONTH

The Edmund Rice Network is represented in five countries of Latin America: Paraguay, Argentina, Bolivia, Perú, and Uruguay. This includes about forty Christian Brothers. To find out more about them, see their website www.familiaedmundorice.org

“Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.”  (Denis Waitley)

Thursday 6 November

ALL SAINTS OF AFRICA

Around the time of the feast of All Saints, Africa celebrates today its own array of saints, sometimes known as ‘our ancestors in the faith’. Reverence for ancestors is a strong element in many African cultures, resonating with the Christian tradition of celebrating those on whose spiritual shoulders we stand.

“Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.”  (Erma Bombeck)

Friday 7 November

MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS

November is, in Catholic tradition, the month highlighting prayer for the dead, an ancient Biblically-based practice. One way of seeing ‘the Holy Souls’ is as those whose vision is still in the process of being clarified to enable them to see ‘the face of God’. Another is to see them as those still in need of prayer for God’s forgiveness. The tradition is a reminder of the power of prayer and also of the invitation to participate in God’s loving nurturing of all.

“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.”  (Oprah Winfrey)

Saturday 8 November

WORLD URBANISM DAY

Celebrated in 30 countries on four continents, this day is intended to raise awareness of the environmental impact of the development of cities, and “to recognize and promote the role of planning in creating livable communities”.

“We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”  (George Bernard Shaw)

Sunday 9 November

32nd SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME and

ANNIVERSARY OF THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL and

INVENTORS’ 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 9 November (for the texts themselves).
  • – click Gospel Commentary > click on 9 November.
  • – scroll to 9 November > Get to Know the Readings. (Also in Spanish.)
  • – click Sun. Bible Reflections under Daily Bread. (Also in Spanish.)

The USA is among the several countries that celebrate a national freedom day, but also celebrates today as World Freedom Day to mark the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago. It could serve as an occasion to treasure one of those gifts that is most sharply appreciated where it is absent: freedom.

Several countries celebrate an Inventors’ Day to remember, honour, and appreciate the contribution of inventors to our everyday lives and to the progress of our world. We may like to join the three German-speaking countries – Germany, Austria, and Switzerland – in doing so today. There’s a saying that reminds us: “It is true that ordinary people keep the wheels turning; but never forget that it took an extraordinary person to invent the wheel.”

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.”  (Plutarch)

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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