“And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways and to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the LORD and his statutes which I command you today for your good?” (Deuteronomy 10:12-13)
He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8 )
Father, please bring us in this diocese to this place before you, that we walk in your ways with humility, loving you and serving you with all our heart and mind and soul. Help us to love what you love: just and mercy and righteousness. Thank you for sending your son Jesus and your Holy Spirit to equip us to do this.
A word received: Pray for my people to lay aside their burdens and turn to me. Pray for my people to remove from among themselves all that hinders their walk with me. Pray for my people to hear my voice saying, “Turn neither to the right nor the left.” Pray for my people to have a heart for my ways.
Friday: 40, 54; Deuteronomy 10:12-22; Hebrews 4:11-16; John 3:22-36
Saturday: 55; Deuteronomy 11:18-28; Hebrews 5:1-10; John 4:1-26
Notes from the Front Line
Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2009
From: Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative Intercessors Update — March 5, 2009
To All our Welcome Home Intercessors–
Keep Sandra Lester and Noel Dawes in your prayers next week as they represent the Welcome Home Initiative at the Army Chief of Chaplains’ Annual Strategic Leaders Development Conference for senior regular Army, Reserve and National Guard officers being held in Hilton Head, South Carolina, March 9-13. They will be manning booths for WHI and Alpha for the Military, and networking with men and women in key positions to support these ministries from inside chaplaincy leadership circles. It was an honor to be asked to set up a booth at this conference, one outcome of Fr. Nigel’s visit to the Pentagon in December.
The next Welcome Home Initiative, March 23-25, is rapidly filling with warriors and families. As of today fourteen men and women have signed up for the retreat, representing U.S. Air Force, Navy, Army and Army National Guard, as well as two officers traveling from the UK, representing that country’s Army and Royal Marines. These men and women served in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Vietnam, the Cold War (Berlin Crisis) and Northern Ireland
Pray for a continued “opening of doors” for men and women to come to this retreat and for the Holy Spirit to, even now, begin to open the hearts of the warriors who will come to receive the healing which only Jesus can mediate.
If you know of any combat veteran of any war who might benefit from this retreat, take a moment to pray and then invite him to join us. The retreat is free to our veterans — they only pay travel expenses.
Pray for Fr. Nigel, Bp. Dave and Noel as they prepare to lead this retreat; for the Prayer Team which is being drawn together now; for Sandra and Lynn as they work out the logistical details; and for the hands and hearts which provide the loving pre-retreat details in preparing baskets and quilts for each soldier.
And remember: you are invited to join us for the WHI Closing Ceremony on March 25, gathering in Christ the King Chapel at 11:15 a.m. to show our appreciation for these men and women who have sacrifices so much for our freedom. Pass this word on to all those in your faith communities who pray for our men and women in the military.
Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM, For the Oratory of Christ the Healer, Christ the King Spiritual Life Center, Greenwich, NY http://www.christ-the-king-center.org/WelcomeHome