Hello everyone, good morning to you all.

Welcome to Thursday’s Spiritual lift! May it bless and encourage you in your relationship with the Lord.

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 kind.

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. Thursday 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.

Keeping Jesus company in the Blessed Sacrament – Holy Hour for Coronavirus Pandemic this evening from

7-8pm.

As today is Thursday, once again this evening, I will be holding my Holy Hour with the Lord online in the Blessed Sacrament.  Once more, you are most welcome to join in with me if you are able between 7-8pm.  Please do consider joining in yourself at home if you can, even if it is only for a few moments to offer a prayer or thought during 7-8pm.

Tonight let us remember before the Lord those who are struggling in these days and who carry heavy burdens because of the pandemic.  Let us remember those parts of our world where the virus is quickly spreading and is continuing to cause great suffering.  Let us pray especially for the people of India, Russia, Latin America and the United States.

(i) We continue to hold up in prayer those who are sick, suffering and those who have died.  (ii) We pray for those who care for them, their friends and families. (iii)We pray for those who suffer also in mind and spirit and ask that they may receive the help and support they need from the Lord and His Church on earth and those dedicated to care for them in the Medical profession. (iv) We pray that pupils, teachers and their families, customers, shop workers and businesses be kept safe and well as the lockdown restrictions begin to ease. (v) May people be caring and mindful of others as they remember to observe social distancing and safety guidelines.

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, all praise and all thanksgiving, be every moment Thine. Amen.

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!

Teach me Your way, O Lord,

that I may walk in Your truth;

give me an undivided heart to revere Your Name.

I give thanks to You, O Lord, my God, with my whole heart.

I will glorify Your name for ever,

for great is Your steadfast love towards me.  Amen.  Taken from Psalm 86:11-13a. NRSV

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.

Our daily scripture reading today comes from: The Book of the Prophet Isaiah: (Isaiah: 52:7) NRSV

“How beautiful upon the mountains

are the feet of the messenger who

announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation,

who says to Zion, your God reigns!”

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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