Good morning everyone.

Welcome to today’s Spiritual Lift.  May you all have a blessed Tuesday.

Archdiocese of Birmingham Website:

With so much happening within the Archdiocese at the moment following the decision to reopen the Churches last weekend for Collective Worship, I include here a link to the Archdiocese of Birmingham Website for you to access and peruse.  This is packed with lots of reflections, links and prayers during this time of pandemic.  Some are from His Grace Archbishop Bernard Longley and many other contributors. I commend it to you.  May it bless and encourage you.

Our Lady of Lourdes, Patroness of our Catholic Archdiocese, pray for us.  Amen.

St John Henry Newman, pray for us.  Amen.

Blessed Dominic Barberi, pray for us.  Amen.

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 not arrogant.

 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:  St John’s Gospel, Chapter 13 verse 34. NRSV

Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.  Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.  By this will everyone know that you are My Disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Special candle offered for all those in our School Communities. Tuesday 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.

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!

Here is today’s:

Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.

Before the mountains were brought forth,

or ever You had formed the earth and the world,

from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

Let the favour of the Lord our God be upon us,

and prosper for us the work of our hands –

O prosper the work of our hands!  Amen.    Taken from Psalm 90:1-2,17 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: St Matthew’s Gospel. (Matthew 9:36) NRSV

In these days of ongoing uncertainty, anxiety and struggle, we too may feel like ‘sheep without a shepherd.’ The good news is of course, that Jesus calls Himself the ‘Good Shepherd’ and if we turn to Him in faith and trust, He will take special care of us and have compassion on us and show us His wonderful love.  Our good and loving God is there for us if we just turn to Him and seek His help.  He will never turn anyone away that comes to Him.

“When he (Jesus) saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.”

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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