Day 18: Wednesday 14 December 2016

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Readings for Wednesday 14 December 2016 (Third Week of Advent) 
Is 45:6-8, 18, 21-26. Ps 84:9-14, R/ cf. Is 45:8. Lk 7:19-23. www.catholicbishops.ie/readings

John the Baptist encourages his disciples to find the true Messiah. Our prayer is the ancient Rorate Coeli, send victory like a dew.

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Audio: Advent Thought for the Day 

Each day during Advent we are bringing you an audio Thought for the Day on a different theme. Today’s Thought for the Day is from married couple Sallyann and Torbjorn Huss from Retrouvaille Ireland. In this piece they reflect on Advent as not so much a time for running around but, a time to reflect and to pray together as a married couple, a time to set realistic expectations about Christmas and as a time to simply be together. They also highlight how Christmas can be a time of great stress and strain on a marriage and they share those three little phrases that Pope Francis says are so important in a marriage: Please, Thank You, and Pardon Me.

 Click below to listen to the audio:

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The Words of Pope Francis 

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Prayer for Peace by Pope Francis 

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Lord God of peace, hear our prayer!
We have tried so many times and over so many years to
resolve our conflicts by our own powers and by the force
of our arms. How many moments of hostility and darkness
have we experienced; how much blood has been shed; how
many lives have been shattered; how many hopes have
been buried… But our efforts have been in vain.
Now, Lord, come to our aid! Grant us peace, teach us
peace; guide our steps in the way of peace. Open our eyes
and our hearts, and give us the courage to say: “Never
again war!”; “With war everything is lost”. Instil in our
hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.
Lord, God of Abraham, God of the Prophets, God of Love,
you created us and you call us to live as brothers and
sisters. Give us the strength daily to be instruments of
peace; enable us to see everyone who crosses our path as
our brother or sister. Make us sensitive to the plea of our
citizens who entreat us to turn our weapons of war into
implements of peace, our trepidation into confident trust,
and our quarrelling into forgiveness.
Keep alive within us the flame of hope, so that with
patience and perseverance we may opt for dialogue and
reconciliation. In this way may peace triumph at last, and
may the words “division”, “hatred” and “war” be
banished from the heart of every man and woman. Lord,
defuse the violence of our tongues and our hands. Renew
our hearts and minds, so that the word which always
brings us together will be “brother”, and our way of life
will always be that of: Shalom, Peace, Salaam!
Amen.

Pope Francis on Twitter
A very wise piece of advice from Pope Francis for this third week of Advent as the stresses of preparing for Christmas come to the fore: “It is so important to listen! Husbands and wives need to communicate to bring happiness and serenity to family life.” – @Pontifex

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Advent Faithbytes: 

‘to experience Church means to personally meet the living Christ in it’ (Share the Good News, 90)

 

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Advent Prayer Intentions 
1. May I follow you Lord
in your special love for all,
the most vulnerable
and disadvantaged,
with special concern for,
the hungry, the poor, the old, the sick, and those who have no family.

Source: The Family Prayer Book, Veritas

2. We pray for tolerance;
that divisions in families and in society may be broken down
so as all people can live in harmony.

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Winter
Trees are bare,
Frost’s in the air.
Nothing seems to grow.
God’s love is there,
God still takes care
of the winter world I know.

Music
It’s time for a piece from the Messiah. This is Ev’ry valley shall be exhalted performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. Click here to watch/listen.

 

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