Fr. Gene’s Daily Prayer

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Our lives, O God, are a mixture of sin and grace,
celebration and sorrow, and being who we are,
You have still invited us to a vocation which
directs us to knit a people who will focus on the
marks of Your kin[g]dom. And we are the motley
crew who heard Your invitation has said YES.
The challenge we face is to stay focused on You
while we genuinely live in this world and not
get hooked by the ups and downs we face every
day. Let our prayer continue to set our sights
on Your word so that we will announce Your
redeeming presence in good times and in bad
today and forever
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“…and he kept trying to see Him” is the mark
of seeker which identifies us, O God. Because
we live in the midst of many voices which claim
to point to Your presence, we pray each day
that within our faith community and through
our prayer we will hear and follow the voice of
the Good Shepherd. Strengthen us to identify
and clear the debris which clutters our way.
Continue to open our hearts and direct our
actions to remake the face of the earth in
Your image today and forever
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As we continue the faith journey begun long
ago by our ancestors, we ask, O God, for the
light and the inspiration of Your Spirit. The
sign posts with which we grew familiar along
the way have been taken away, and we are
challenged as to how to express our YES to
You. Open our eyes and our hearts to the
lives of Jesus, Mary, and our saints so that
following on the paths they forged, we will
continue to reveal the vocation You have
given to all who say YES to You today and
forever
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We are touched and inspired by the mission
Jesus gave to His disciples, and we pray for
the grace to follow in their footsteps. And
though our intentions are good, we often fall
short even to proclaim the presence of Your
kin[g]dom. We wrestle with our own demons
as well as those of our brothers and sisters,
and our struggles seem endless. Because we
tire along the way, we pray for the fire of Your
Spirit. Show us that Your grace is sufficient so
that we will continue through our success and
failure to say YES to You today and forever
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What You ask of us, O God, is clear, and to act
justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly before
You are words that touch our hearts and guide
our actions. The sin that infiltrates who we are
moves us to separate and divide us one from
another. Our reasons are many and even
justifiable, yet separation is not our sin. Rather
our sin is found in the many temptations which
harden our hearts against our brothers and
sisters and reveal our brokenness. Move us with
Your touch to chip away the hard edges of our
hearts so that little by little we will create a
vineyard where a people will reveal the marks
of Your kin[g]dom today and forever
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We thank You over and over, O God, because
Your word pulls us back when the temptations
which daily surround us trip us up. Your grace
never ceases. You pick up our brokenness and
heal the sins which bring us shame and
then discouragement. Realizing that we are
redeemed moves us to have mercy on our
brothers and sisters because together, we
share the same plight. Unhook us from all that
moves us to abuse each other. Move our work
and prayer to be directed to the creation of
remaking this earth in Your image today
and forever
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We are blessed to receive Your words, O God,
and our tradition has aided us to point to the
human roots which gave birth to each of the
Gospels. In naming the Matthew text, we are
helped to distinguish it from the others and so
get another view of Jesus and His mission. We
give thanks for the birth of the text and for the
community which authored and protected it.
Let our thanks be seen in the efforts we exert
each day to mirror the life Jesus lived and so
to point to the kin[g]dom for which we pray
today and forever
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While we may wrestle with the words of our
Gospel the texts, O God, our real aim should be
to follow the path forged by His life. Jesus may
not have had a decree of commission, but His
works pointed to the compassion He had for the
people of His day. At the bottom, He loved them
as only He could. As each day we say YES to
You and seek to walk in His footsteps, we
awaken to the immensity of His vision and the
texture of His heart. In our struggles, continue
to pour out Your encouragement so that we
will be the people of Your invitation today and
forever
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Please keep up the prayers.

Please keep up the prayers.We ask that you keep Lillian Link and Bill Bender in your prayers.

As you heard mentioned during mass, she was in a serious accident this past week.
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Though You have created and embraced all of
creation, O God, in times of trial we are tempted
to believe that we walk alone and that somehow
when we search, You are nowhere to be found.
And while the temptations are strong, they are
nonetheless invitations to focus on ourselves
instead of on You. We pray less to be delivered
from our human condition, and more to be
reminded of the relationship to which You
invite us. With Mary and the believers of
our tradition, we journey in You today and
forever
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We live, O God, in the amazing mystery of a life
gifted by many talents. In each age, we have
overcome challenges which stymied those who
had gone before, and while we can be justly
proud, we need to keep before us that our life
in You is lived in phases. While we are
promised eternal life in You, we know that
each phase is temporary. Strengthen our
trust in Your promise and move us to embrace
fully the place where we are today so that as we
learn what it means to live in You we will
always mirror, in word and deed, the faith
You have planted in our hearts AMEN
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Because we hold dear the mysteries of our faith,
O God, we wrestle with the words which we
believe best express them, and because our
words are limited, they can never fully contain
the mysteries to which they point. Nonetheless
as we say YES with all our hearts, we work and
pray to be the people You have invited to Your
table. Continue to pour into our hearts the
inspiration of Your Spirit so that led by
understanding and grace we will mirror, in
word and deed, the marks of Your kin[g]dom
today and forever
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The kin[g]dom to which You invite all of creation,
O God, is a realm where life is nurtured and
encouraged to flourish. Just as there is space
for the mighty oak and the mustard seed, so
there is space for all of Your people. While we
favor order and design for gardens, that
template seldom fits the diversity of human
life which You create. Lead us through Your
Spirit and the talents You have given us to
create nourishing spaces for the diversity of
people in which we live. Continue to feed and
foster the vocation to which we have said YES
today and forever
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