Words of Encouragement

October 6, 2012

And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 9:17)
      Those words of encouragement, “Brother Saul,” still move me, Jesus. Help me at your direction to go to those who appear to be my enemies and reach out in love and fellowship as Ananias did to Saul.

But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome.” (Acts 23:11)
      Lord Jesus, thank you for those times when you speak words of encouragement directly to our hearts. Help us to remember those times and continue to take courage to go forward at your bidding.

But after long abstinence from food, then Paul stood in the midst of them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete and incurred this disaster and loss. And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve, saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me. However, we must run aground on a certain island.” (Acts 27:21-26)
      Father, thank you for the words of encouragement that Paul was able to pass on from you to the sailors. Help us share what we have received from you with others who are weary and discouraged and so encourage them. Thank you.

And from there, when the brethren heard about us, they came to meet us as far as Appii Forum and Three Inns. When Paul saw them, he thanked God and took courage. (Acts 28:15)
      Holy Spirit, thank you for sending those brethren from Rome to meet Paul at Appii Forum and the encouragement he received from them. Help us to reach out as these brethren did and encourage others. Thank you.

A word received: Ask for my help in time of need.

Saturday: 107:33-43, 108:1-6(7-13) * 33; Hosea 11:1-9: Acts 22:17-29: Luke 6:27-38
Sunday: 118 * 145; Hosea 13:4-14: 1 Cor. 2:6-16: Matt. 14:1-12
HC: Mark 10:2-9; Hebrews 2:(1-8 )9-18; Genesis 2:18-24; Ps. 8 or Ps. 128

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Date: Thu, 04 Oct 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
      Sometimes in life we bump into something that is unfamiliar. Something that perhaps God wants us to see. At that point there is a thine veil, diaphanous in nature, yet somehow translucent, seeing, yet not seeing, knowing, yet not knowing, understanding yet not understanding. Their is a wall of solidness, the “pain threshold” if you will. The very point, that to go beyond is new and unexplored territory, not a no mans land but “Gods land.” A place, once beyond that threshold, is a place of peace, even though there is chaos all around. Perhaps it is the Grace of peace in eye of the storm? Perhaps a new place of understanding for the soul. Perhaps… I just do not have a name for it as it is sort of familiar yet unfamiliar. The end run? Eventually, all is well… with my soul!

***** There was a shooting on Schenectady Street in Hamilton Hill in the 12307 Zip Code area which was witnessed by many children and youths.

***** Date: Fri, 05 Oct 2012
From: Nigel Mumford
Subject: Daily quote
      What is this all about then? Is it real or is it some huge hoax? Are we just going “ho hum” on this journey or are we really getting to know God and His Son Jesus Christ? Are we really getting the most out of this life? Your choice. He has given us free will after all. I know what I chose, how about you?

Albany Intercessor


40 Days for Life

October 6, 2012

Litany for Liberty
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

INTRODUCTION
Christ the Lord has called us out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Let us turn to him in humble but fervent petition,
seeking the grace to root out from our hearts all trace of darkness,
and all that holds us back
from walking in the full freedom of the children of God.
As Christ is our great model for that inner freedom,
which enables us to do the right,
let us turn to him with confidence
that we, too, may follow him to the fullness of spiritual freedom.
􀀹􀀒􀀑 Lord, have mercy; 􀀵􀀒􀀑􀀃􀀃Lord, have mercy.
􀀹􀀒􀀑 Christ, have mercy; 􀀵􀀒􀀑􀀃􀀃Christ, have mercy.
􀀹􀀒􀀑 Lord, have mercy; 􀀵􀀒􀀑􀀃􀀃Lord, have mercy.
􀀹􀀒􀀑􀀃 􀀵􀀒􀀑􀀃􀀃􀀃
Jesus, victor over sin and death… Free our hearts.
Jesus, source of light and hope… Free our hearts.
Jesus, fullness of truth and mystery… Free our hearts.
Jesus, teacher of seeking hearts… Free our hearts.
Jesus, healer of body and soul… Free our hearts.
Jesus, bringer of mercy and justice… Free our hearts.
Jesus, who humble the heart and mind… Free our hearts.
Jesus, release of captives… Free our hearts.
Jesus, voice against violence… Free our hearts.
Jesus, courage for the lowly/downtrodden… Free our hearts.
Jesus, origin of all authority and power… Free our hearts.
Jesus, true lawgiver… Free our hearts.
Jesus, unity of order and passion… Free our hearts.
Jesus, freedom of the Spirit… Free our hearts.
Jesus, obedient Son of the Father… Free our hearts.
􀀹􀀒􀀑􀀃 􀀵􀀒􀀑􀀃􀀃􀀃
For the freedom to love… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to believe… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to hope… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to worship… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to serve in charity… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to care for the suffering… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to comfort the sick… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to feed the hungry… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to shelter the homeless… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to proclaim the Gospel… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to walk in chastity… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to live in peace… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to work in good conscience… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to stand in solidarity… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to seek justice… Give us your grace.
􀀹􀀒􀀑􀀃 􀀵􀀒􀀑􀀃􀀃􀀃
For the freedom to reject sin… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to reject coercion… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to reject falsehood… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to reject evil temptations… Give us your grace.
For the freedom to reject injustice… Give us your grace.
CLOSING PRAYER
O God, who gave one origin to all peoples
and willed to gather from them one family for yourself,
fill all hearts, we pray, with the fire of your love
and kindle in them a desire
for the just advancement of their neighbor,
that, through the good things which you richly bestow upon all,
each human person may be brought to perfection,
every division may be removed,
and equity and justice may be established in human society.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.
􀀵􀀒􀀑􀀃􀀃Amen.

[Collect for the Mass “For the Progress of the Peoples,”
Masses for Various Needs and Occasions, No. 29,
Roman Missal, Third Edition]


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