Saturday 28th March

shorter version – theme Hope

 

Hope does not disappoint us… Romans 5. 1-5

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

 

God’s love, the Holy Spirit, the comforter is given to us…

Pray to the Holy Spirit for God’s love to transform your relationships using the words of Bianca de Siena who died in 1434:

Come down, O Love divine,

seek thou this soul of mine,

and visit it with thine own ardour glowing;

O Comforter, draw near,

within my heart appear,

and kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing

 

And now pray for Italy, Spain and the USA who are coronavirus hot spots, that the Comforter will draw near.

 

 

More Prayer… for when “the fever of life is over”

 

Lord, support us all the day long of this troublous life,

until the shades lengthen and the evening comes

and the busy world is hushed,

the fever of life is over

and our work is done.

Then, Lord, in your mercy

grant us safe lodging, a holy rest

and peace at the last;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

attributed to Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

 

Grant, O God, that admidst all the discouragements, difficulties and dangers, distress and darkness of this mortal life, I may depend on thy mercy, and on this build my hopes, as on a sure foundation. Let thine infinite mercy in Christ Jesus deliver me from despair, both now and at the hour of death.

Thomas Wilson (1663-1755)


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