Good morning everyone!

Welcome to today’s spiritual lift! May it bless and encourage you. Today we begin a new month and we have a new focus and some new themes!

Today we remember Saint Oliver Plunkett.

Here is some information about him from Catholic.org.  Today his feast day is a special one in Ireland and he is patron of Peace and Reconciliation in Ireland.

https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=372

The Month of July is dedicated to the Precious Blood of Jesus and the Love of God for us and towards us.

Traditionally, in the Church during the Month of July, we remember and honour the Precious Blood of Jesus and we give thanks for the eternal and unconditional love that our God has for each one of us.

We can honour Jesus’ love and think about how He suffered for us in the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary.   With each of these particular Mysteries of the Rosary, we remember Jesus’ Agony in the Garden; His scourging at the pillar; His crowning with thorns; His carrying of the Cross and His Crucifixion and Death.

We can show our love for God by thanking Him for His great love and by showing love, kindness and respect to others as we are all brothers and sisters together.

Month of July – Precious Blood and the Love of God for us:

“God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him may not perish but may have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

We can see God’s love in the beauty of creation, our loved ones, family and friends, the good things we enjoy in our lives, our blessings and all we have.  In the Sacraments of the Church and especially in the Eucharist, at Mass, we remember the Lord’s love in dying for us on the Cross and the offering of His life for our salvation.  Inspired by the love of God, we too should love one another.

How might we show our love for God and for others today?

The Gift of Love:

Over the next few days as we continue our journey into July, I will be including a verse from the wonderful chapter all about Love, in St Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians, Chapter 13: 4-8a.

”And now faith, hope and love remain, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” (1 Cor 13:13.) NRSV

Here is today’s.   From 1 Corinthians 13:4:

Love is patient.

 Month of July – God’s wonderful Love:

Every week I will include a special scripture reading all about God’s Love.  Here is this week’s scripture for reading and meditating upon. This week’s Scripture comes from:  Lamentations 3:22,23. NRSV

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end.  They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!”

Special candle offered for all those in our School Communities. Wednesday Teams:

Today a special candle burns for you in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes.  May she keep you all safe and well under her protective mantle.  May your day go well for you, your pupils and their families in these days within all the School Communities in our MAC.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us. Amen.

St Thomas More, pray for us. Amen.

St Peter, pray for us. Amen.

St Bede the Venerable, pray for us, Amen.

St Augustine of Canterbury, pray for us.  Amen.

Rosary prayer-time, a spiritual bouquet of heavenly roses:

It’s Wednesday again and I extend my invitation for you to join with me and St Peter’s Parish Rosary Group as we come together this evening to pray the Rosary in our homes from 7.30-8pm.  You are most welcome to join us in spirit and prayer.  You can pray the whole set of Mysteries, just one Hail Mary or offer your own prayers and thoughts during this time.

Last week we prayed together the Joyful Mysteries. This week we will be praying the Luminous Mysteries or Mysteries of Light.  Let us remember that however we choose to pray, whether it is the full Rosary of 4 Mysteries, just one set of one of the Mysteries or simply a Hail Mary, our own prayers or thoughts, our loving God hears us and He works all things to our good.

May we continue to place ourselves in His hands during these days and ask for His help and strength. Our focus and intentions are to ask Our Blessed Lady in Heaven, Health of the Sick, Comforter of the Afflicted to join her prayers with ours as we petition our loving God to help, guide and support us during these days of trial and anxiety.

Our prayers for today: 

Over the next few days, I’m going to be using the beautiful and inspiring words from the wonderful prayer book and hymnal from the Bible – The Book of the Psalms.  Jesus Himself would have prayed these throughout His life as He made them a part of His own prayers and hymns to God.  Let’s do the same!

O Lord,

Your steadfast love extends to the heavens,

Your faithfulness to the clouds.

How precious is Your steadfast love, O God!

All people may take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.

O continue Your steadfast love to those who know You,

and Your salvation to the upright in heart.  Amen.      From Psalm 36:5,7,10

Mary the Mother of Jesus, Mother of the Church, pray for us.  Amen.

Our Lady of Lourdes, Patron of our Archdiocese and our MAC, Health of the Sick and Comforter of the Afflicted, pray for us. Amen.

St Luke, Beloved Physician (Doctor) and companion of St Paul the Apostle, Patron of Doctors and Healthcare professionals, pray for us. Amen.

St Jude Thaddeus, Patron of impossible or difficult circumstances, pray for us.  Amen.

St Raphael, Archangel, God’s healing Angel, pray for us.  Amen.

St Catherine of Siena, Patron of Nurses, pray for us.  Amen.

St Oliver Plunkett, pray for us.  Amen.

Our daily scripture reading today comes from: The First Letter of St Peter. (1 Pet 3:8) NRSV

“Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart and a humble mind.”

Today, I will be keeping a candle burning for your intentions and will remember you all at Mass.

Blessings to you all on this day.

Miss Downes

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