Monday, September 22, 2008

Prayer for Workers

A Prayer for Workers
O glorious Joseph! Who concealed your incomparable and regal dignity of custodian of Jesus and of the Virgin Mary under the humble appearance of a craftsman and provided for them with your work, protect with loving power your sons, especially entrusted to you.

You know their anxieties and sufferings, because you yourself experienced them at the side of Jesus and of His Mother. Do not allow them, oppressed by so many worries, to forget the purpose for which they were created by God. Do not allow the seeds of distrust to take hold of their immortal souls. Remind all the workers that in the fields, in factories, in mines, and in scientific laboratories, they are not working, rejoicing, or suffering alone, but at their side is Jesus, with Mary, His Mother and ours, to sustain them, to dry the sweat of their brow, giving value to their toil. Teach them to turn work into a very high instrument of sanctification as you did. Amen. By Pope John XXIII

Sunday, September 7, 2008

23 Sunday Ord. Time A (Heaven)

The Lord always cares for us
He wants us to live meaningful and fruitful lives
And it is His wish that at the end of time we will be with him in his kingdom in heaven.
“I am going to prepare a place for you…so that where I am you will also be.”

And so in the gospel he gives us guidelines
Teaching us the right path to take
And the right thing to do.

1. He reminds us about how the good we do in our life time can help us enter heaven.
“whatever you bind on earth, shall be bound in heave,…..”

2. He gives us prayers as a way of keeping in touch with him.
Becoming closer to him and knowing him personally is a big help when we stand before him at the judgment seat at the end time.

3. He reminds us also about fraternal correction and helping others be on the right path here on earth.
When someone commits mistakes we have the duty to help and correct them.
Tell them the truth even though truth hurts
For in the end it will be the truth that will set us free and save us.

4. He also gives us the commandment as the summary of how we should conduct ourselves in this world. Loving God and neighbor.

These are Jesus’ words for our salvation
And “If today you here His words. Harden not your hearts.”
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