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May 13


Adapted from: https://www.ocsta.on.ca/project/nurturing-hope-cultiver-lesperance/

Call to prayer:

In the midst of the current pandemic, Pope Francis' letter Laudato Si' provides the moral and spiritual compass for the journey to create a more caring, fraternal, peaceful and sustainable world.

As the announcement of the Special Anniversary Year of Laudato Si' tells us, "Truly, COVID-19 has made clear how deeply we are all interconnected and interdependent. As we begin to envision a post-COVID world, we need above all an integral approach as everything is closely interrelated and today's problems call for a vision capable of taking into account every aspect of the global crisis."

Let us begin with the Sign of the Cross: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening Prayer:

God of the Harvest,

The earth is full of your goodness, and every year gifts us with the fruit of your love and our labour.  Your bounty is so rich and constant that we have come to bank on it, and even take undue advantage of it.  Our exploitation of the earth is on display all around us: in pollution, overconsumption, the destruction of green space, and the extinction of thousands of species of plant and animal life. This past year was a solemn reminder to us of our vulnerability as creatures, our dependence on one another, and the need for change in how we live together.

Lead us into an ecological conversion; a change of heart, that will help us hold your creation and our common home, in proper reverence, and bring forth new fruit of sustainability and just economic structures so that all life can prosper.

We make this prayer in the name of your Spirit, who renews the face of the earth.  Amen.

Daily Theme: Harvesting New Fruits

Scripture:

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke (6:43-45).  Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus said to his disciples, "No good tree bears bad fruit,

nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit;

for each tree is known by its own fruit.

Figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush.

The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good,

and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil;

for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks."

The Gospel of the Lord.  Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Reflection:

Today's reading from Luke might be more appropriate ten days from now when we celebrate Pentecost Sunday.  Pentecost, fifty days after Easter when the Holy Spirit came to the Apostles as wind and fire, to empower them to begin their mission of building Christ's church.

On Pentecost Sunday, we will celebrate the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit…and the Twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit: charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control & chastity.

Each of us is capable of exercising and living each of these twelve gifts every day.                                                                         Each of us probably knows of times we failed to live out these gifts.

God gives us the freedom to choose when to use these gifts in our lives.                                                                                                   Like anything worth having in our lives, living out these gifts takes effort and practice.

The benefit of rising to this challenge is that we blossom into stronger images of God.                                                                                     Making the effort to fill up on these Fruits of the Holy Spirit provides the moral fibre                                                                                      to remove whatever resides inside of us that prevents us from getting closer to others and closer to God.

 

Closing Prayer:

Loving God, Creator of Heaven, earth, and all therein contained,

Open our minds and touch our hearts, so that we can be part of creation, your gift.

Be present to those in need in these difficult times, especially the poorest and most vulnerable.

Help us to show creative solidarity as we confront the consequences of the global pandemic.

Make us courageous in embracing the changes required to seek the common good.

Now more than ever, may we all feel interconnected and interdependent.

Enable us to succeed in listening and responding to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.

May their current sufferings become the birth-pangs of a more fraternal and sustainable world.

We pray through Christ our Lord, under the loving gaze of Mary, Help of Christians.  Amen.

(Prayer for the year of reflection on "Laudato Si'")

"The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with nature."

Joseph Campbell

Call to Action:

'Pick' three of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit that will help you improve your relationships today with others and with God.

(charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control & chastity.)

 En français

Appel à la prière/ Thème pour la journée:  Récolter de nouveaux fruits

Au milieu de la pandémie actuelle, la lettre du pape François 'Laudato Si' peut fournir la boussole morale et spirituelle pour le voyage visant à créer un monde plus attentionné, fraternel, pacifique et durable. Comme l'annonce l'anniversaire de l'Année spéciale de 'Laudato Si' nous le dit,« Vraiment, le COVID-19 a clairement montré à quel point nous sommes tous interconnectés et interdépendants. Alors que nous commençons à envisager un monde post-COVID, nous avons besoin avant tout d'une approche intégrale car tout est étroitement lié et les problèmes d'aujourd'hui appellent une vision capable de prendre en compte tous les aspects de la crise mondiale. »

Commençons par le signe de la croix: Au nom du Père, du Fils et du Saint-Esprit. Amen.

La prière de la journée:  

Dieu de la moisson,

La terre est pleine de bonté et chaque année, on reçoit vos fruits et votre amour après le travail.  Votre générosité est si riche et constante que nous en sommes reconnaissants.  Notre exploitation de la terre est exposée tout autour de nous: dans la pollution, la surconsommation, la destruction des espaces verts et l'extinction de milliers d'espèces de plantes et d'animaux.  L'année dernière nous a rappelé notre vulnérabilité en tant que créatures, notre dépendance les uns envers les autres et la nécessité de changer la façon dont nous vivons ensemble. Menez-nous dans une conversion écologique; un changement de cœur, qui nous aidera à maintenir votre création et notre maison commune, dans le respect approprié, et à produire de nouveaux fruits de durabilité et de structures économiques justes afin que toute vie puisse prospérer.

Nous faisons cette prière au nom de votre Esprit, qui renouvelle la face de la terre.

Amen.