Help us grow

“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”

Look upon your family, Lord,
that, through the chastening effects of bodily discipline, our minds may be radiant in your presence with the strength of our yearning for you.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

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Daily Meditation: 

Help us grow in our desire for you. 
We are learning the intimate connection
 
between the “discipline” we choose these days,
 
and the growth of our desire.
 
If our desire for our Lord is weak,
 
if it has to compete with so many other desires that choke it out,
 
then we need to re-form our desiring.
 
We want to be disciples -
 
those who love Jesus, are with Jesus in our desires,
 
and choose to follow Jesus.

In today's lesson we learn the Lord's Prayer again. 
As children, we turn to our Loving Father in prayer.

Intercessions: 

Praise to Christ, who has given us himself as the bread from heaven. 
Let us pray to him, saying: 
   Jesus, you feed and heal our souls; come to strengthen us. 

Lord, feed us at the banquet of the Eucharist, 
 - with all the gifts of your paschal sacrifice. 

Give us a perfect heart to receive your word, 
 - that we may bring forth fruit in patience. 

Make us eager to work with you in building a better world, 
 - so that it may listen to your Church and its gospel of peace. 

We confess, Lord, that we have sinned, 
 - wash us clean by your gift of salvation.

Closing Prayer: 

Father of my soul,
Mother of my heart, 
I know your love for me is limitless beyond imagining. 
You care for me as a loving parent. 
Through my smallest Lenten sacrifices, 
help me to become less selfish 
and more aware of your ways. 
Fan the flame of my desire 
to draw ever closer to you. 
Guide me to seek your love.

May the Lord bless us, 
protect us from all evil 
and bring us to everlasting life. 
Amen.

 
Daily Reflection
Of Creighton University's Online Ministries

As Catholics we learn the Our Father prayer in early childhood.  We say the Our Father every week at Mass.  We repeat this important prayer so frequently, that the words can become automatic and lose their meaning.  In today’s Gospel, Jesus taught us how to pray.  He specifically wanted us to avoid babbling prayers and to pray from the heart because God knows our desires before we speak. 

I have paraphrased the Our Father below.  Hopefully seeing Jesus’ instructions for how to pray in different words will help us remember the value of simple and heart felt prayers.

We pray to thank and honor God.
We pray to ask God for help doing good.
We pray to ask God for help with our needs.
We pray to ask God to forgive us. 
We pray to ask God for strength to forgive others.
We pray to ask God for help in avoiding sin.
We pray to ask God to protect us.

by Amy Badura-Brack
Creighton University's Psychology Department
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