Fr. Gene’s Daily Prayer

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We live within the mystery of Your Being,
O God, and even there we are subject to the
demons who seem to roam at will. From time
to time, we ponder how can both exist at the
same time. And yet we are never lost because
the reality of Your grace is always present.
Awaken us to the constant touch of Your
hand so that we will persevere trusting You
today and forever
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So much we do not understand, O God, and
because the mystery in which we live is like
the air we breathe. What we cannot touch with
our hands or grasp with our minds, we accept
as our life in You. Acknowledged or not, we live
in faith. Whether in joy or sorrow, in tragedy or
celebration lead us continually to affirm a faith
which like Mary’s says YES to You today and
forever
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10 hours ago

All that we possess, O God, whether it is in
goods or talents, we aim to use for our good and
that of our brothers and sisters. Not all of us
receive the same gifts and even the pains and
trials of this life are distributed unevenly. Yet all
is temporary. What lasts is life in You and the
vision of Your kin[g]dom. Keep our hearts true
to that vision and our actions focused there
while our works aim at creating and nurturing
the life You give today and forever
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Each of the gifts You have given to us, O God, is
a talent to be used and developed for our own as
well as the good of our neighbors. And we are
blessed with an abundance. Lift and encourage
us to let our light shine among our neighbors,
our brothers and sisters so that these gifts will
yield a hundredfold and the good that You
desire will flourish in our midst. For all that
You give us, we bless Your name and give You
thanks today and forever
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1 day ago

That we live in You, is a mystery for us always
to ponder, O God. In good times and in bad, in
war and in peace, we make our journey in You.
Our faith does not exempt us from all that it
means to be human, but rather it gives us a
vision that allows us to respond with a trust
that says our lives have meaning. Continue to
awaken us to our life in You and a Spirit who
inspires today and forever
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Each day, You feed us, O God, with Your word
and sacrament and these are real food for the
journey aimed at creating life. Help us to see
that it is only by opening the doors of our
churches and the hearts which are closed
that we will be able to announce Your saving
presence to the brothers and sisters who we
have called unclean. Soften our hard edges
and allow Your mercy and compassion to be
seen in our churches and in all believers
today and forever
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2 days ago

While even aiming to do the good, O God, we
sometimes fall short and the end we did not
choose comes to the fore. We can be saddened
or even depressed with our efforts. Remind us
that we live in You and that life follows death.
What appears to us as a tragedy is often an
invitation to a renewed life. Awaken us to Your
embrace and lift us to see that all before us is
gift and challenge, life in You today and forever
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The question, “Where can anyone get enough
bread to satisfy them?” continues to ring in our
ears, O God, and like Jesus our hearts are
moved with pity at the ever present hunger of
our brothers and sisters. The answer today is
not so simple but the direction in which the
question points us gives us a clue as to where
Your grace leads us. Help us and our churches
to set an example of feeding, and through our
trial and error efforts let us see Your grace
moving us toward Your kin[g]dom alive here as
it is in heaven today and forever
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3 days ago

To those who have ears to hear and eyes to see,
You have revealed the vision of Your kin[g]dom,
O God, and with it You have captured the
hearts of all who believe. We are part of the
ones who have said YES to Your invitation.
Each day as we work to put our faith into our
behaviors, we beg for Your grace. Through all
that challenges us, continue to lift and
encourage us today and forever
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In every place and at all times, we have the
opportunity to bring life, O God. To the troubled
and the depressed, to those who seem lost and
to those who are oppressed, we can bring Your
words of life and open doors that formerly were
closed to them. Each day, You invite us to
bring Your light into the darkness. Through
our own struggles continue to send the
inspiration of Your Spirit. Let us see that we
share the same path as our brothers and
sisters so that we will reach out with an
including embrace today and forever
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4 days ago

We pray each day, O God, so that we might see
the light which guides us on the way to Your
kin[g]dom, and even while we pray, we are
surrounded by voices which point in different
directions. Because ours is the vocation to
discern Your voice, let our prayer not seek to
confirm our points of view but rather let it
open us to Your light so that our lives will
point to the kin[g]dom for which we pray
today and forever
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You invite us to create and nurture Your gift of
life, O God, and while we say YES with our
hearts we live among a people whose choices
seldom seem to mesh with that goal. As a people,
we make different and often conflicting choices
and so separations are part of who we are. Open
our eyes and our hearts to the colorful garden
in which we live. Give us the wisdom to direct
each one to give You praise today and forever
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5 days ago

The wisdom we seek, O God, is very practical.
How do we knit a people who are so different?
Our differences separate us and our desire to
avoid the challenges of urban living move us
further and further to the hinterlands. Fear
and avoidance are ever present in our lives.
Lead us in all the ways which will allow us
to hear each other so that steps toward
understanding will move us closer to being
the people You have asked us to be today
and forever
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We pray, O God, to open our hearts to Your word
and the inspiration of Your Spirit. While we say
YES to You with our hearts, we find it difficult to
follow through with our actions. And yet the
irony of our struggle is that our behaviors often
hide the mistrust or prejudice we harbor in our
hearts and so closes us to the other. Touch our
hearts with Your grace and melt the hard edges
of our with hearts so that we will better see and
hear each other as part of Your people today
and forever
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6 days ago

Beginning in times long past, we built our
houses of worship, O God, to be places where
we gather to give You praise, make petitions,
and open our hearts to You. And so we regard
them with reverence. Because they stand in the
midst of all You have built, lead us and continue
to instruct us to give the same reverence to the
work of Your hands. So we will continue our
prayer today and forever
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The faith of our hearts, O God, which is fed by
Your grace and the inspiration of Your Spirit is
distinct from the practices by which we exercise
that faith. And though both are intermingled,
practices are historically determined. They ebb
and flow with the passage of time while Your
grace and Your Spirit are timeless. Teach us to
be attentive to Your grace and the inspiration
of Your Spirit so that the faith we practice will
speak of Your timeless presence in our midst
today and forever
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1 week ago

We aim, O God, to nurture and promote life in
all of its facets. To protect and to feed, to cure
and to care are but a few of our programs, and
while we work to preserve Your precious gift
every day, we recognize that we are a people of
varying ideals and principles and some of these
are in serious conflict. Teach us through Your
word and the lives of Jesus, Mary and our saints
how to promote life as we work each day in the
midst of our conflicting ideals. To value each
other as You do we pray today and forever
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Our hearts cry out day after day, O God, to be
a people whose words and deeds point to the
kin[g]dom for which we pray. While there is more
than enough evidence that there are serious
divisions among us, we are further afflicted with
a penchant to make unwarranted judgments
which drive us further apart. Soften our hearts
with Your grace and move us to a point where
our differences can create a symphony of praise
to You today and forever
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1 week ago

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