We begin our reflections and prayers, In the name of the Father and of the
Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Today our Church celebrates the feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome. The Lateran Basilica has been called the ecumenical mother of all Roman catholic churches in Rome and the world.
Every bishop has a cathedral church as his home base. Pope Francis, as the Bishop of Rome has the oldest cathedral in Rome called The Basilica of St. Johns Lateran, as his centre.
Let us say a prayer today that may have been written by Pope Francis himself. It is the 5-finger prayer.
Using the fingers on your hand, start with the thumb and pray on these intentions in this order:
1) The thumb is closest finger to you. So, start by praying for those who are closest to you.
2) The next finger is the index or pointer finger. Pray for those who teach you, instruct you, and heal you. They need the support and wisdom to show direction to others
3) The following finger is the tallest. It reminds you to pray for our leaders and those who are in authority. They need God's guidance.
4) The fourth finger is the ring finger. This is your weakest finger. It should remind you to pray for the weakest and poorest among us.
5) The pinkie, or smallest finger reminds you to pray for yourself. Praying for the other four groups before praying for our own needs helps us to be humble.
We continue our litany of saints by remembering several saints who teach us the importance of being humble.
Saint Augustine … [ pray for us.]
Saint Anthony … [pray for us.]
Saint Francis de Sales … [pray for us.]
We close our prayer and move on with our day in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.