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April 23

We begin our prayer in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.​

This past Saturday, April 21st, was the feast of St. Anselm. St. Anselm was a great teacher and he strongly influenced the Church in his concern for people who were oppressed.  As we reflect on the virtue of respect and reverence let us listen to this prayer of St. Anselm:

O Lord my God.

Teach my heart this day where and how to find you.

You have made me and re-made me,

and you have bestowed on me all the good things I possess,

and still I do not know you.

I have not yet done that for which I was made.

Teach me to seek you,

for I cannot seek you unless you teach me,

or find you unless you show yourself to me.

Let me seek you in my desire;

Let me desire you in my seeking.

Let me find you by loving you;

Let me love you when I find you.

In these weeks of seeking new life in God, we also remember times when our choices were not so life giving. Today begins Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Holocaust Day, which is observed as Israel's day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its collaborators, and for the Jewish resistance in that period. In Israel, it is a national memorial day.  Lord enable us to all be peace makers seeking your love always!

We close our prayer by praying:

Glory be to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.   As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be,

world without end.  Amen.