Day 10: Tuesday 12 December 2017

Readings for Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent 
Is 40:1-11. Ps 95:1-3, 10-13, R/ cf Is 40:9-10. Mt 18:12-14.

Audio: Advent Thought for the Day

Each day during Advent we are bringing you an audio Thought for Today on a different theme. Today’s Thought for Today is from Reidin O’Connor from Trocaire, the overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. In this piece Reidin shares some of the life-saving work that Trocaire is undertaking in Kenya. 

Click below to listen to the audio.

Pope Francis believes that in a world where humanity is often wounded, mistreated, and dominated by a lack of love, the family is the “yes” of God as Love. In spite of all the pressures and difficulties it faces, Pope Francis believes that the family is still good news for today’s world.

In 2016, he wrote Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), a document about love, marriage and family life, and now he has given Ireland a special responsibility. He has asked Ireland to host the World Meeting of Families in 2018 and to prepare for that event by offering families, parishes and groups a way of thinking about and sharing his message in The Joy of Love: that the Gospel of the Family continues to be a Joy for the World.  

The Amoris: Let’s Talk Family! Let’s Be Family! programme is a response to Pope Francis’ request. The programme aims to support families and parishes as we set out on the journey of preparation to the World Meeting of Families, taking place in Dublin from 21st to 26th August 2018, and to continue that journey in the years ahead. 

During Advent we are reflecting on some of the themes from Amoris Laetitia as well as inviting you to ‘Let’s Talk Family! Let’s Be Family During Advent’. We are also offering reflections, a thought for the day, and suggesting practical ways we can be family wherever we are. These include daily random acts of kindness, charity and love that families, groups, school classrooms and parishes can take on during Advent. 

Let’s Talk Family – Thought for the Day 

Our family thought for the day for today is from Pope Francis on the importance of making our faith more operative through acts of charity. Please feel free to save this image and to share it across your social media pages. 

Let’s Talk Family – Pope Francis’ message for World Day of the Sick 2018 

ope Francis is urging Catholics worldwide to bring to the sick and needy “the ‎Lord’s own gaze, full of tenderness and compassion,” reminding the Church of her  “maternal vocation” to them.  The exhortation came in his message for next year’s World Day of the Sick of the Catholic Church that is traditionally observed on February 11, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Released by the Vatican on Monday, the message for the 26th World Day of the Sick has as its theme: Mater Ecclesiae: “Behold, your son… Behold, your mother. And from that hour the disciple took her into his home” (Jn 19:26-27).   Instituted by St. Pope John Paul II on May 13, 1992, the annual observance intends to draw attention to the sick and their caregivers.

In his message the Pope recalls that “on the Cross, Jesus showed his concern for the Church and all humanity, and Mary is called ‎to share in that same concern.”   The entire community of disciples, he says, is included in Mary’s maternal vocation, and like her, the disciples are called to care for one another, ‎excluding no one, simply because they are persons, children of God. ‎

In the message, Pope Francis evokes the image of the Church as a “field hospital”, noting that in some parts of the world Church hospitals are the only institutions providing necessary care to the population.‎  The Holy Father also urges Catholic hospitals to steer clear of “the business mentality that is seeking worldwide to turn ‎health care into a profit-making enterprise, which ends up discarding the poor.”

Let’s Be Family – Random Act of Kindness 

Offer to help someone who lives alone with their Christmas shopping. Offer to help your parents with getting the food for Christmas dinner this year. 

Let’s Be Family – Act of Charity 

Support families in need in countries ravaged by famine and conflict. Purchase one of this year’s Trócaire Christmas Gifts and give the gift of a family farming kit, a beehive, land for a family hope. Check out all the options on

Let’s Be Family – Our Prayer Intentions for the Day to Pray Together as a Family

1. We pray for those who mourn;
that the Lord may remove their sadness.

2. We pray for our political leaders;
that they may govern with justice and protect the interest
of the most vulnerable members of society.

Prayer for Families Family Prayer Book


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Remembering Missing Persons

Prayer for Missing Persons
God our Father,
your Son Jesus Christ as a child
was lost in the chaos of a great city
and was restored to the love of his family;
watch over (name of person who is missing),
for whom we pray and protect him/her with your love.
Be near to those who are anxious for him/her;
let your presence change their sorrow into comfort,
their anxiety into trust,
their despair into faith,
that they may know your loving purposes.
And this we ask
in the name of Jesus our Lord,
who loves and lives
and cares for all your children. Amen

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Children’s Prayers

A  Prayer of Thanks for Family
Lord Jesus,
You also needed a mother and father to grow.
Thanks for my parents.
What would life be without them?
Help me to always be grateful for
the gift which they are to me.

Source: The Family Prayer Book published by Veritas (

Journey Prayer
Arise with me in the morning,
Travel with me through each day,
Welcome me on my arrival.
God be with me all the way. Amen

Paidir Thurais
Éirigh liom, a Dhia,
Fan liom i rith an lae,
Sa bhaile agus ar gach turas,
Ná lig dom dul ar strae. Áiméan. 

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Advent Music 

Wait for the Lord is an Advent hymn from Taizé. Click here to listen.

The Taizé Community is an ecumenical monastic order that invites people of different Christian faiths to worship together. They are well known for their contemplative hymns in many languages. 



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