Prayers & Reflections
MarchFormation in Spiritual Discernment
That the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels.
Phil 1:9-11 And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ..
May the good Lord grant his Church and all individuals and groups within it the gift of discernment.
Explanation critiqued from http://popesprayerusa.net/2018/02/26/father-blazeks-march-reflection-formation-spiritual-discernment/
Ignatian or Jesuit teaching , recognizing the importance of discerning (seeing) the will of God.
Pope Francis, is a son of St. Ignatius, who is founder of the Society of Jesus in the early 16th century.
Points for Meditation
Do I pause to reflect, meditate and ask the Lord to guide me in the major and minor decisions of my day? In what ways has the Holy Spirit helped me to see or hear God’s will in these first months of 2018?
All vocations are best discerned carefully, in prayer, and in dialogue with a trusted spiritual advisor. +marriage, profession choice, religious life, or the clerical state, boards of trustees, civic groups, even a book club might discern God’s will in spiritual conversation when considering mission, identity, or major policy decisions.
PRAYER FOR DIVINE PROTECTION
Grant me, O Lord, your protection. Within your protection, strength. And within your strength, understanding. And within your understanding, knowledge. And within your knowledge, the power of justice. And within the power of justice, the love of all of Creation. Guide and protect my body, my mind, and my best judgment in all things. For you, O Lord, will never leave my side. In this I trust. Amen.
Online Credit: http://www.holylandprayer.com/prayer_for/prayer-for-protection/
As Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, we believe God calls us to be a sign in the world of the power of the Eucharistic Christ to effect unity and community among all peoples.
Let us praise Christ the Lord, as we celebrate the memory of Saint Joseph.
Joseph, patron saint of workers, blending skill with charity, silent carpenter, we praise you!
Joining work with honesty, you taught Christ with joy to labor, sharing his nobility.
Joseph, close to Christ and Mary, lived with them in poverty, shared with them their home and labor, worked with noble dignity. May we seek God’s will as you did, leader of his family!
Joseph — inspiration for workers, man of faith and charity, make us honest, humble, faithful, strong with Christ’s true liberty, Make our labor and our leisure fruitful to eternity!