Pray for children

Will you pray for God's little children?

Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven

This blog invites you to pray for the protection of children and young people. Will you pray for God's little children, from the unborn baby in the womb, the new born baby, little children of all ages and young people.  It could be your child you want to pray for or just any child.  You can pray before the Blessed Sacrament for one hour a week or before a tabernacle in your church.  If you are not able to make it to a church you can pray in your own home. Please join us as we pray.

This blog was set up under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ and our Blessed Lady are its patrons.

Do not be mastered by evil, but master evil with good.

Once again part of our world has been affected by the evil act of another human being. There have been so many different acts of violence against mankind this year. When one part of the world is affected, so too is the rest as we are all part of the one body in Christ Jesus. As Saint Paul tells us in Romans 12:21, we are not to be mastered by evil, but we need to master evil with good. He also tells us that we must never try to get revenge, that we must leave this to God. Rom 12:19,20.  We must remember that death awaits us all, we do not know how or when. In this month of November we pray for the holy souls and indeed for our own souls. St. Terese of Lisieux sums up death in a beautiful line from The last Conversations. 

                          

                 "I am not dying; I am entering life".

 

“You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

November is here, we pray that children and young people will aspire to obtain holiness and we remember our loved ones who have died.

This month our focus is on Saints; and the Holy Souls in Purgatory. November is a time when we remember those who have attained holiness in life and are now Saints in Heaven. It is also the month when we pray for the souls in Purgatory, in order that they might achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.

In Western Christian theology, All Saints Day is celebrated on 1 November. It is a celebration of all Christian saints who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven, particularly those who have no special feast days of their own. Pope Gregory IV made All Saints' Day an authorized holiday in 835 CE. In the Roman Catholic Church, the next day, All Souls' Day, specifically commemorates the departed faithful who have not yet been purified and reached heaven.

All Souls' Day commemorates the faithful departed. The Roman Catholic celebration is associated with the doctrine that the souls of the faithful when they died, had not yet attained full sanctification and moral perfection, a requirement for entrance into Heaven. This sanctification is carried out posthumously in Purgatory.

Catholics celebrate All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day in the fundamental belief that there is a prayerful spiritual communion between those in the state of grace who have died and are either being purified in purgatory or are in heaven (the 'church penitent' and the 'church triumphant', respectively), and the 'church militant' who are the living.

We are all called to be Holy, to be 'saints', at the revelation of Jesus Christ. The Old Testament prophets, along with John the Baptist and then Jesus, called for a radical change for those who would trust and obey God. When we are saved, we are saved from our heathen desires and practices and called to live a life of holiness.

On Holy Souls Day, we pray for those who have not yet attained full sanctification and moral perfection and are being purified in purgatory. "All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven." It is "the final purification of the elect." 

(You can read more on our November 2017 article.)

Prayers

We pray to the Saints, that we may share in their knowledge of the Divine Mysteries.

We pray that children and young people may be called to holiness.

We pray for the souls of all children and young persons in purgatory, so that they may attain the beatific vision of God in the Communion of Saints.

We pray that the souls of unbaptised infants will not be lost; and that all souls will be saved.

 

We pray for the people of Ireland

This month we are praying for children and families affected by natural disasters.  How apropriate as we await the arrival of hurricane Ophelia to our Irish shores. Let us pray for the people of Ireland as we sit and wait not knowing what destruction may lie ahead.

With regard to evil, what is God's instruction?

In the parable of the good grain and the chaff, Christ invites us to let the wheat and the weeds grow until the hour of the harvest.  Then the time will come when evil will be destroyed by good.  Persevering patience, supported by Providence, is an ally in all our daily battles. The combat against evil plays out over time, and it is important to persevere and not to lose hope.  God is fashioning hearts, and evil never has the last word.  In the darkest night, God works in silence. We have to enter into God's time and into this great silence that is a silence of love, trust, and active abandonment.  Let us never forget that silent prayer is the strongest and surest act in the struggle against evil. (The Power of Silence, Robert Cardinal Sarah 291)

New Page - Useful links

We have added a new page with links to other web pages that may be of interest or help to you.

So far we have added a few useful links to help one pray. If you like to pray novena's the site Praymorenovenas is starting a novena tomorrow Wednesday 30th August for Marriage & families. Why not join us and pray for your family.  If you want to develop your own personal prayer the Divine Office site takes you through the prayers of the day. Here you pray using scripture and psalms.

If you would like your child to pray through Eucharistic Adoration, then read more at Children of the Eucharist.

Do check out this page by clicking on the useful links tab at the side of the homepage.

 

Irish Goodness That Reflects The Goodness Of God

On Monday last the 5th June I experienced a massive light in a small part of Ireland namely Dublin City.  It was the occasion of the VHI Women's Mini Marathon.  I signed up to doing my first ever Marathon of any kind and little did I know what I was letting myself in for.  My sister said she was doing it and I said I would join her.  I asked my daughter Hazel to join us and she did.  We each picked a charity to walk for and got some sponsorship.  We got out tops and our numbers and off we headed to Dublin for the starting line. What a sight we saw as we approached the start.  There were so many women of all ages supporting every charity one could name.  There must have been well over 30,000 women present all going to walk 10km for charity.  That evening the news reported that an estimated 80,000 euro could be raised that day for charity.  So many women with such big hearts wanting to do good I could only describe it as a light in the darkness.  We had not trained for the walk just a little but really not enough.  After 2km I thought to myself how am I going to do another 8km. The support at the side of the road was great.  The Dublin Firebrigade men sat in their trucks at Donnybrook, they waved us on, children waved at the side of the footpaths also.  Even people came out with their dogs to watch this wonderful event.  As walkers and runners lined either side of the Stillorgan Dual Carriageway it was just a sea of brilliant colour on either side. People can only be the hands and feet for Christ and Monday was one such day. The generosity of all these women was a small reflection of the generosity of God.  I thank God that I was able to witness such goodness and that he gave me the strength to finish the walk. One memory I will treasure is the big smile on my daughter's face as she was handed her medal for completing the walk. We hear bad news and stories of such terrible evil and heartbreak its nice to see the other side for a change.

 

 

We pray for everyone affected by last nights terror attack in London

Once again I attend holy Mass only to hear the Priest inform us that another terror attack has happened. Please remember the families of those who tragically lost their lives in this awful act of evil in London in your prayers. We pray also for those who have died, may they rest in peace. God grant support to all who carry a heavy cross at this time.

We pray for the Children and Families affected by last nights bomb in Manchester

Awful things do happen in our world unfortunately.  Once again we hear in the news about children and families being torn apart at the hand of evil. As we go about our day let us all remember in our prayers those whose lives have been brutally torn apart in last nights bomb in Manchester, May the deceased rest in peace and May our Blessed Lady and her Son, Jesus Christ comfort their families and friends as they try and come to terms with what has happened.

Children of the Eucharist

On Sunday 30th April 2017, I travelled with a bus from Drogheda to Knock. It was for the annual meeting of people who spend time with Jesus each week in Eucharistic Adoration. While we were there we heard several talks.  One was from a lady called Antoinette Moynihan who lives in Kentstown. Antoinette has set up a group called Children of the Eucharist.  She goes to schools and speaks to children. She introduces them to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament so that they will prepare properly to receive the Sacraments. Eucharistic Adoration for children has spread to Scotland, England, America and Australia. Last year had rapid growth. She gave us some examples of what children have said about Eucharistic Adoration.

"Every heart is a Sacred Heart."

"I miss adoration." (From a 5th class student who was missing for a few months).

"Jesus showed me the door to Heaven."

"Jesus told me not to lie anymore and that he would help me."

"Love everyone, even children who do bad things."

If you wish to find out more or want your child to be part of children of the Eucharist go to www.childrenoftheeucharist 

Easter Sunday in Formentera del Segura

Statue of The grieving Mother on the way to meet her Risen Son, Jesus Christ.

Today Michael & I had our first Easter Sunday in Formentera del Segura, Spain. It is a small village in the country.  The Church faces out onto the square where all the activities take place.  Today at 12.00 noon there was a procession.  It was a meeting of two hearts and two souls that of the Risen Jesus Christ, and his Blessed Mother Mary. This type of procession is very typical in Spain. A beautiful statue of our Blessed Lady adorned with flowers and carried by a number of local men on a float leaves the church and travels around one side of the square. The Priest carries Jesus Christ, truly risen and present in the Blessed Sacrament  in a monstrance and protected by a canopy around the other side of the square.  The people gather to see the two meet a short distance from each other. Our Blessed Lady's statue is dressed in a black veil for mourning. When the statue of Our Lady is in front of the Monstrance carrying Jesus the black veil is removed and the people cry out aloud Vive Jesus. Fireworks are let off while the church bells ring loudly proclaiming to the world that the Lord has indeed risen.  After this both the statue and Monstrance are carried back to the church.  Our Lady's statue is placed on the side of the altar and the Priest carries Jesus in the Monstrance to the Altar where Benediction takes place. Everyone present receives a blessing.  After the Host is reposed in the tabernacle, Holy mass begins. The singing was powerful and the songs were full of joy.  There was a definite excitement and yet such holy reverence present. We renewed our Baptisimal Vows in Spanish and were sprinkled with a generous amount of Holy Water. The whole ceremony including the Mass took almost two and a half hours. It was a real community celebrating their faith together and it did not matter what country you were from whether it was England, Ireland, India or Spain everyone was treated the same, we were all brothers and sisters in Christ. Feliz Pascua.

Fr. George, carrying Jesus Christ, truly present in the Monstrance.
Blessing of the palms on Palm Sunday 2017 in Almoradi Spain "Look, your King comes to you; he is humble, he rides on a donkey and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden."

And indeed the little children did come.

This month we are praying for children who are preparing to receive the Sacraments. The title for our article for this month is "Let the little children come to me and do not stop them." Well today was one such day as no one stopped the young people from coming to Jesus. While I was praying in the Adoration chapel before Mass, I thought to myself there is little spiritual joy anymore. Again the good Lord proved me wrong and gave me much joy.  After my time in Adoration I went to the main church of St. Mary's for Holy Mass.  It was here I was to receive my newfound joy. 

As Holy Mass began the church was packed with parents and children.  Fr. Phil announced that the Confirmation children would be telling us about their names chosen for Confirmation and why they had chosen it. A representation of children came forward during the Mass and told us their names and why they had picked them.  Each young person had a different reason and they were equally as beautiful as the next.  I was impressed to hear these young people speaking about the saints. Very few people speak about the saints that much anymore and here we had young people telling the congregation about them, it was wonderful. After this Fr. Phil invited all the young people who will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation later on this year to come forward for a blessing with holy oil. It was here I probably felt the most joy, young people just kept coming up to the altar, never before in all the 20 years I have been part of St. Mary's had I seen so many young people attend a Mass in preparation for the reception of a Sacrament. Later on three more young people came up and recited the Creed with the congregation.

How much joy Jesus must have felt on seeing all these young people and indeed all the other children and their families present at this beautiful celebration of Holy Mass. Today's Gospel message tells us to listen to Jesus.  This was the case today, God's Priests were certainly listening to Him and doing His holy will. New life has entered our Parish family, a packed church and lots of children coming to Jesus and so much spiritual joy. We praise and we thank God. Amen.