Audio Readings March 11, 2014 1st Week of Lent

1st Week of Lent

This is how you are to pray. (Matthew 6:9)

Isaiah 55:10-11; Psalm 34:4-7, 16-19;Matthew 6:7-15

Excerpts from St. Francis of Assisi’s reflections on the Lord’s Prayer:

“Our Father … who art in heaven, in the angels and the saints, giving them light to know you since you, Lord, are light; setting them afire to love you, since you, Lord, are love; dwelling in them and giving them fullness of joy; since you, Lord, are the supreme, eternal good, and all good comes from you.

“Hallowed be thy name. May we grow to know you better and better and so appreciate the extent of your favors, the scope of your promises, the sublimity of your majesty, and the profundity of your judgments.

“Thy kingdom come, so that you may reign in us by your grace, and bring us to your kingdom, where we shall see you clearly, love you perfectly, and, happy in your company, enjoy you forever.

“Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven, so that we may love you with all our heart, by always having you in mind; with all our soul, by always longing for you; with all of our mind, by determining to seek your glory in everything; and with all our strength, of body and soul, by lovingly serving you alone. May we love our neighbors as ourselves and encourage them all to love you, by bearing our share in the joys and sorrows of others, while giving offense to no one.

“Give us this day our daily bread, your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, so that we may remember and appreciate how much he loved us, and everything he said and did and suffered.

“And forgive us our trespasses, in your immeasurable mercy, by virtue of the passion of your Son, and through the intercession of Mary and all your saints.

“As we forgive those who trespass against us, and if we do not forgive perfectly, Lord, make us forgive perfectly, so that for love of you, we may really forgive our enemies and fervently pray to you for them, returning to no one evil for evil, by trying to serve you in everyone.

“And lead us not into temptation, be it hidden or obvious, sudden or persistent.

“But deliver us from evil, past, present or future. Amen.”

“Jesus, thank you for teaching me to pray!”~WAU





About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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