You know, O Lord, our weakness. You know the seductive power of the gods of our world. Forgive, protect, deliver your people in our foolish waywardness. Bring us to new life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer taken from Magnificat—Morning Prayer, Thursday, March 31, 2022.
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“The mystery of the poor is this: That they are Jesus, and what you do for them you do for Him. It is the only way we have of knowing and believing in our love. The mystery of poverty is that by sharing in it, making ourselves poor in giving to others, we increase our knowledge of and belief in love.” ~Dorothy Day
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O God of all the living, you offer comfort and strength through the mystery of the cross. Make us faithful disciples of Jesus Christ, who died and rose again for the salvation of the world. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen
Prayer taken from Magnificat—Morning Prayer, Wednesday, March 30, 2022.
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O Lord our God, you are the source of life. Free us from the ills that weigh us down and keep us from devoting our lives to the living proclamation of the Gospel. Raise us to discipleship, that we may offer to others life in your name, through Christ our Lord. Amen
Prayer taken from Magnificat—Morning Prayer, Tuesday, March 29, 2022.
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Lord Jesus Christ, you healed the sick in their need. Heal us in our sicknesses of heart and soul as we prepare to celebrate with joy the mystery of your Death and Resurrection, who live and reign with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Prayer taken from Magnificat—Morning Prayer, Monday, March 28, 2022.
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“Addiction” might be the best word to explain the lostness that so deeply permeates society. Our addiction make us cling to what the world proclaims as the keys to self-fulfillment: accumulation of wealth and power; attainment of status and admiration; lavish consumption of food and drink, and sexual gratification without distinguishing between lust and love. These addictions create expectations that cannot but fail to satisfy our deepest needs. As long as we live within the world’s delusions, our addictions condemn us to futile quests in “the distant country,” leaving us to face an endless series of disillusionments while our sense of self remains unfulfilled. In these days of increasing addictions, we have wandered far away from our Father’s home. The addicted life can aptly be designated a life lived in “a distant country.” It is from there that our cry for deliverance rises up.” ~Fr. Henri J. M. Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming
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God of mercy and compassion, grant us the honesty and courage to beat our breasts beside the humble tax collector rather than blow our own trumpet beside the Pharisee. Forgive us the pride that refuses forgiveness, through Christ our Lord. Amen
Prayer taken from Magnificat—Morning Prayer, Saturday, March 26, 2022.
O God, in the Incarnation of the Word, you have wrought a marvelous exchange: as he humbled himself to share in our humanity, so did he enable us to have a share in his divinity. Transform us, O God, according to your Word, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen
Prayer taken from Magnificat—Morning Prayer, Friday, March 25, 2022.
O Lord, your Word is the rock upon which is built the house in which you dwell with us. As we journey through our day, bring us safely to the home you have prepared for us, through Christ our Lord. Amen
Prayer taken from Magnificat—Morning Prayer, Thursday, March 24, 2022.
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O God, you have loved us with a constancy that lies beyond the grasp of human imagination. Make us faithful as you are faithful, through Christ our Lord. Amen
Prayer taken from Magnificat—Morning Prayer, Wednesday, March 22, 2022.
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