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Prayer for July 2011
Tuesday, July 5th 2011

Lord , this month we entrust ourselves, all that we are, our hopes and desires, our joys and sorrows, all that we do, our successes and failures, our families, friends and fellow citizens to the tender Mercy of Your Sacred Heart and the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Child Jesus we reflect that you played in your childish way with the wooden toys made for You by St. Joseph; accompany our children and teach them to enjoy simple things as they play during the school holidays.

Holy Spirit may students reap the rewards of their studies. Inspire those who are leaving school this year to make the right career choices. May they learn to rely on You, praise and thank You for the ups and the downs of life and see Your plan for them in every circumstance.

Holy Family look tenderly on parents as they strive to care for and educate their children. Help families to pray together, to thank You for Your gifts and to ask for their daily needs. May those with disposable income be inspired to share so that all may enjoy the summer break.

Lord may the decisions made on our behalf by political leaders here and in Europe reflect the place of God and the common good in society. At this time we think too of those places in which civil strife prevails, especially in the middle East, and of people suffering untold misery. Sacred Heart of Jesus in Your Mercy comfort those affected, and hear our prayers for peace.

Lord there are so many tasks awaiting labourers in Your vineyard. In union with the Holy Father we pray that we may use the talents you have given us to create Your Kingdom on earth. May we and those religious engaged in missionary activity experience the joy of The Gospel in our daily work. May Christians everywhere continue to help those in poor countries who suffer from AIDS.

Sacred Heart of Jesus we trust in You. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us. St Benedict, Patron of Europe, intercede for us. Amen

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