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October Monthly Prayer 2015
Tuesday, September 29th 2015

vegLord of the harvest, we thank You for the abundance of food grown in our land and we pray that in this era of globalisation, farmers and their families may be enabled to continue living and working on the land as they have done for generations.  Lord Jesus, we recall Your words ‘The harvest is great and the labourers few’ as we implore You to call many to dedicate their lives to Your service as priests and religious.  Jesus, grant them the courage to give up everything to follow You as did Your cousins ,the apostles Simon and Jude, and Luke, the doctor, who became Your evangelist.

St. Ignatius of Antioch, who faced death by wild beasts in the arena rather than renounce the faith, intercede for persecuted Christians as they face the danger of land and sea seeking refuge from war and oppression.  Pray that they may be received with love and compassion.

Mary Mother of God and Lady of the most Holy Rosary, teach us to pray and to minister to others as you did to the apostles and disciples in the Cenacle as they awaited the arrival of the Holy Spirit who would take away their fears and infuse in them great enthusiasm and courage to live and preach the Gospel no matter what trials awaited them.

Jesus may the courage and stamina of St John Paul II inspire young people to engage fully with life in every sphere, intellectually, physically and emotionally so as to be enabled to participate fully in the new evangelisation so needed  today.  May Your mercy reach to the ends of the earth and all peoples become believers in You who are the only Way, the Truth and the Life of our souls.

Lord Jesus thank You for the blessing of a guardian angel to prompt us to do good and avoid evil and to protect us from all harm.  May we heed the promptings of our angels and try to model our lives on those of Your saints especially those chosen for us as our patrons in the baptismal names given us by our parents.

Lord as Autumn takes hold and the days grow dimmer we think especially of the elderly of our parish and of their needs and we ask your special blessing on them that they may not feel alone or abandoned and may feel free to call on their neighbours for any assistance they may require.  We think also of the homeless and the hungry throughout our land and we implore your enlightenment for our politicians that they be aware of the urgency of providing housing and an income for those most disadvantaged and act to do so.  We ask St Therese of the Child Jesus to pray for little children in our country and throughout the world who suffer hunger, homelessness and abuse and for the many who are orphaned and alone.

Jesus You told us that Your Mercy is Your greatest attribute , therefore inspire many in our parish and elsewhere to engage in works of mercy no matter how small for without showing mercy to our neighbour we will not receive Your mercy.  Lord remind us that mercy takes many forms and those of us who cannot contribute finance or time can and must contribute by our prayer.  St Faustina secretary of Divine Mercy inscribe our names in the book of life.  Amen

 

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