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Come with us and put God’s light and grace into our darkened world tonight.   Leave a comment

St. Colette and light

Colettine Night Litany

Lord Jesus, we hold before you all those who are in special need of your
mercy and our prayers.

On those who cannot sleep tonight.
R/ Lord have mercy.
On the sick and those terminally ill.
On those tempted to suicide.
On the homeless with nowhere to go.
On the mentally sick.
On those who live in fear and anxiety.
On victims of addiction of any kind.
On those who sell themselves.
On women seeking an abortion.
On those who suffer domestic violence of mind or body.
On those tempted to do evil.
On those imprisoned in lies and wrong choices.
On those who cannot forgive and carry the burden of
resentment towards others.
On those who are dying tonight.

For those who have accepted terrorism as their creed.
R/ Lord, enlighten and change their hearts.
For those who promote war.
For those who profit by war.
For those who commit acts of violence in God’s name.
For those in the grip of hatred.
For those who commit acts of violent abuse against children.

For those in situations of violence and war.
R/Lord, be their strength and protection.
For refugees driven from their homelands.
For children separated from their parents by war.
For child soldiers.
For vulnerable children.
For the victims of abuse or trafficking.
For hostages who wait in fear.
For illegal immigrants.
For those suffering from epidemic diseases.
For those without recourse to adequate medical help.
For doctors and nurses on duty.
For all who will give birth tonight.
For all those who will go to the help of others tonight.
For all who witness to the Gospel in alien or hostile
surroundings.

For all the children of God.
R/Lord, we give you thanks and praise.
For all who live the covenant of marriage in joy.
For all new life conceived tonight.
For all who keep vigil in your presence this night.
For those who support us [Poor Clare Colettines] in our [their] life of prayer.
For all those who have responded to the call of your love.
For your Holy Church spread throughout the world.
For your holy angels whom you send to protect us.
For the prayers of your saints in heaven.
For Mary our Mother.
For those who this night will come before your throne.
For those waking to a new day on other shores.
For the gift of your love which can never be defeated.

Let us pray.
Heavenly Father,
we hold before you those for whom we have prayed,
have mercy on those who suffer,
protect the helpless,
convert to your love all who do evil.
and may your sun rise on a new world.
Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 st-colette003ababy

 St. Colette is the patron saint of expectant mothers,
of those who long to conceive a child and of sick children.
She is a healer of the sick.

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Source:  Ty Mam Duw [House of the Mother of God] Poor Clare Colettine Community, Wales, UK.  http://www.poorclarestmd.org/

The Little Sisters of Ty Mam Duw use the following format for their night prayer:  (1) Chaplet of Divine Mercy (2) Matins of the Divine Office (Office of the Readings) and (3) The Poor Clare Colettine Night Litany.

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Posted March 22, 2015 by ouidaofs in Prayer, St. Colette

Deeper Kind of Love   Leave a comment

Gerry Straub's Blog

In modern-day, consumer-driven America, we continually feel the need for the accumulation of goods and security. We have ignored what God has put in our hearts to do: love one another. Instead we are being consumed by consuming, reaching the point where there is no way out. We have deceived ourselves into thinking we can follow Christ without becoming one with the poor, that we can know and love God without loving others, and not just friends and family and those that love us back! Jesus says that’s easy, even pagans do that. Christ calls us to a different, deeper kind of love: a love for the unlovable, for those who cannot give back, even for our enemies. Christ said that at the end of our lives that is the litmus test we all will face.

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Posted March 18, 2015 by ouidaofs in Uncategorized

May the Cross Be My Light   Leave a comment

It is with and in the Cross, no matter how heavily it may afflict us, that we attain to the truth about ourselves and others and how God works in our lives. In other words we will eventually see light through the very cross that is present in our own lives.

Suffering can purify us of so much both emotionally, spiritually, physically. It removes our defenses, our pretenses… we ultimately arrive at that poverty and nakedness that will draw God our Father to clothe us and to fill us with his love.

Of ourselves, we cannot…… but with his grace, when life is challenging, demanding, perplexing, and discouraging, we can make an act of faith and pray …

May the Cross be my light.

Pope Francis: “Make space for God’s love so He can change you.”

Source:  Poor Clare Colettines TMD, Franciscan Nuns in Wales

 

Posted March 18, 2015 by ouidaofs in Love, Suffering

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