With so many churches being closed the following prayer might be useful.
Lord Jesus, I believe that you are truly present
in this sacrament of sacraments.
I love you above all things
and I desire to give myself to you
as fully as you give yourself to me in the host.
And I give you thanks for remaining with us
until the end of time in the eucharist.
What other God has given his people
his own flesh and blood.
Friday the 13th, today, is the day to be especially alert to all the good things that happen. It would be interesting to know what events in history happened on Friday the 13th. Pope Francis was elected on March 13, 2013, but it wasn’t a Friday. If you know of a historical event that happened on Friday the 13th please leave a comment.
The mother of the sons of Zebedee asks Jesus to grant that her sons may sit one at his right and one at his left in his kingdom. Jesus says “You do not know what you are asking … Places in the Kingdom are not mine to give. They belong to those for whom they have been reserved by my father.” The sons of Zebedee do not get what they want. They are only promised suffering, which they accept for Jesus’ sake.
God does not grant all of our prayers, no matter how earnestly and long we pray. he knows what we need and what would hurt us. When he does grant prayers it may be something related but unexpected. Let us continue to pray with trust in him.
My God, I confess to you that I have sinned
In my thoughts and in my words,
In what I have done and in what I have left undone.
But I love you,
and I wish to please you in all things,
and I trust in your mercy.
I love you
Character and experience count more than campaign promises. Has the candidate served in elective offices? What is his/her record? What kind of friends and associates does she/he have? Has sh/he shown good morals and respect for the dignity and needs of others?