Wednesday, September 17, 2014

 

Thursday 24th Week in Ordinary Time

September 18, 2014
Thursday 24th Week in Ordinary Time

1 Cor 15: 1-11 / Ps 118: 1b-2, 16ab-17, 28 / Lk 7: 36-50

Reading: 1 Cor 15: 1-11
Let me remind you, brothers and sisters, of the Good News that I preached to you and which you received and on which you stand firm. By that Gospel you are saved, provided that you hold to it as I preached it. Otherwise, you will have believed in vain. In the first place, I have passed on to you what I myself received: that Christ died for our sins, as Scripture says; that he was buried; that he was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures; that he appeared to Cephas and then to the Twelve. Afterwards he appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters together; most of them are still alive, although some have already gone to rest. Then he appeared to James and after that to all the apostles. And last of all, he appeared to the most despicable of them, this is to me. For I am the last of the apostles, and I do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the Church of God. Nevertheless, by the grace of God, I am what I am, and his grace towards me has not been without fruit. Far from it, I have toiled more than all of them, although not I, rather the grace of God in me. Now, whether it was I or they, this we preach and this you have believed.

Gospel: Luke 7:36-50
One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to share his meal, so he went to the Pharisee's home and as usual reclined on the sofa to eat. And it happened that a woman of this town, who was known as a sinner, heard that he was in the Pharisee's house. She brought a precious jar of perfume and stood behind him at his feet, weeping. She wet his feet with tears, she dried them with her hair and kissed his feet and poured the perfume on them. The Pharisee who had invited Jesus was watching and thought, "If this man were a prophet, he would know what sort of person is touching him; isn't this woman a sinner?" Then Jesus spoke to the Pharisee and said, "Simon, I have something to ask you." He answered, "Speak, master." And Jesus said, "Two people were in debt to the same creditor. One owed him five hundred silver coins, and the other fifty. As they were unable to pay him back, he graciously canceled the debts of both. Now, which of them will love him more?" Simon answered, "The one, I suppose, who was forgiven more." And Jesus said, "You are right." And turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? You gave me no water for my feet when I entered your house, but she has washed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. You didn't welcome me with a kiss, but she has not stopped kissing my feet since she came in. You provided no oil for my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. This is why, I tell you, her sins, her many sins, are forgiven, because of her great love. But the one who is forgiven little, has little love." Then Jesus said to the woman, "Your sins are forgiven." The others sitting with him at the table began to wonder, "Now this man claims to forgive sins!" But Jesus again spoke to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."
 
Reflection:
     Forgiveness is probably the most difficult part of being a Christian. If I'm hurt deeply, I'm ashamed to say that it takes me years to completely forgive someone. There are people in my life I have yet to forgive totally. The key to forgiveness however is realizing how we have been forgiven by Jesus. The more sinful we are, the greater the healing required. Once we realize this, and humbled by our own circumstance, our attitude towards others will be different because we know how it was like.
     As Christians, we must be forgiving as Jesus was forgiving. Of course, that's easier said than done, especially if the hurt is deep. It takes prayer, commitment, humility, and most of all love, to forgive the persons who hurt us. And even if we do forgive, we can never forget. The scar will always be there and will render the relationship changed forever. What we can do as Christians, is to treat the battle scar as a lesson learned, something that helped us become better persons. If we have this attitude towards forgiveness, rest assured, we're one step closer to heaven.
      In today's Gospel reading, Jesus shows us by example that he forgives even the greatest sinners. If he who is perfect can forgive so willingly, who are we to bear a grudge against our offenders?

Prayer Requests:
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
… for families who are in need of healing
… for world peace and reconciliation

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.

Have a good day!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

 

Wednesday 24th Week in Ordinary Time

September 17, 2014
Wednesday 24th Week in Ordinary Time
[Memorial of St. Robert Bellarmine]

1 Cor 12:31 - 13:13 / Ps 33:2-3, 4-5, 12 and 22 / Lk 17:31-35    

Reading: 1 Cor 12:31 - 13:13
Be that as it may, set your hearts on the most precious gifts, and I will show you a much better way. If I could speak all the human and angelic tongues, but had no love, I would only be sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, knowing secret things with all kinds of knowledge, and had faith great enough to remove mountains, but had no love, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I had to the poor, and even give up my body to be burned, if I am without love, it would be of no value to me. Love is patient, kind, without envy. It is not boastful or arrogant. It is not ill-mannered nor does it seek its own interest. Love overcomes anger and forgets offenses. It does not take delight in wrong, but rejoices in truth. Love excuses everything, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love will never end. Prophecies may cease, tongues be silent and knowledge disappear. For knowledge grasps something of the truth and prophecy as well. And when what is perfect comes, everything imperfect will pass away. When I was a child I thought and reasoned like a child, but when I grew up, I gave up childish ways. Likewise, at present we see dimly as in a mirror, but then it shall be face to face. Now we know in part, but then I will know as I am known. Now we have faith, hope and love, these three, but the greatest of these is love.

Gospel: Luke 17: 31-35
On that day, if you are on the rooftop, don't go down into the house to get your belongings, and if you happen to be in the fields, do not turn back. Remember Lot's wife. Whoever tries to save his life will lose himself, but whoever gives his life will be born again. I tell you, though two men are sharing the same bed, it may be that one will be taken and the other left. Though two women are grinding corn together, one may be taken and the other left."

Reflection:
     "Love is always patient and kind; it is never jealous; never boastful or conceited; it is never rude or selfish; it does not take offense, and is not resentful. Love takes no pleasure in other people's sins; it is always ready to excuse, to trust, to hope and to endure whatever comes (1 Cor 13:4-7)."
     In society, we see how sweethearts love, how parents love their children and vice versa, how friends love, even how criminals can have a kind of brotherly love. But St. Paul's description of love in the above passage is truly different and far more superior. For sure, none of us can love perfectly. Our love for others is usually limited or self-seeking. Often our love is possessive or conditional. But Christian love according to St. Paul is truly free of affectation, pure in intentions, self-giving and given to all and not just to some.  How pleasurable it would be if we could love in the same way.  A society that loves like that for sure has no problems it cannot solve. In truth, this kind of love can be found permanently in heaven. As Christians, let us strive to bring this love to our families, our neighborhoods and our church communities.     
     The gospel talks to us about the end of days when the Son of Man will come again. With the first reading in mind, we should look forward to the last days and pray we will be among those chosen to enter the heavenly kingdom. Knowing that it is a kingdom of LOVE, surely we will all desire to enter there.

Prayer Requests:
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
… for families who are in need of healing
… for world peace and reconciliation

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.

Have a good day!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

 

Tuesday 24th Week in Ordinary Time

September 16, 2014
Tuesday 24th Week in Ordinary Time
[Memorial of Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian] 

1 Cor 12: 12-14, 27-31a / Ps 10:1b-2, 3, 4, 5 / Lk 7: 11-17

Reading: 1 Cor 12: 12-14, 27-31a   
As the body is one, having many members, and all the members, while being many, form one body, so it is with Christ. All of us, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free, have been baptized in one Spirit to form one body and all of us have been given to drink from the one Spirit. The body has not just one member, but many. Now, you are the body of Christ and each of you individually is a member of it. So God has appointed us in the Church. First apostles, second prophets, third teachers. Then come miracles, then the gift of healing, material help, administration in the Church and the gift of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Can all perform miracles, or cure the sick, or speak in tongues, or explain what was said in tongues? Be that as it may, set your hearts on the most precious gifts, and I will show you a much better way.

Gospel:  Luke 7: 11-17
A little later Jesus went to a town called Naim and many of his disciples went with him – a great number of people. As he reached the gate of the town, a dead man was being carried out. He was the only son of his mother and she was a widow; there followed a large crowd of townspeople. On seeing her, the Lord had pity on her and said, "Don't cry." Then he came up and touched the stretcher and the men who carried it stopped. Jesus then said, "Young man, awake, I tell you." And the dead man got up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. A holy fear came over them all and they praised God saying, "A great prophet has appeared among us; God has visited his people." This news spread out in the Jewish country and the surrounding places.

Reflection:
     Both Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian lived in the 3rd century. Both were bishops who were martyred for the faith. Cornelius was the bishop of Rome while Cyprian was the bishop of Carthage. Both bishops proclaimed their faith as Christians in front of the Roman authorities and so were exiled. Their Christian flock followed suit and asked to be punished with their bishops. This is the Body of Christ, the Christian community. What one suffers, the others suffer, too. When one is honored, the others exult. When one is condemned to death, the others desire to follow him in death. The blood of Christ runs through the veins of the Christians as their love for Christ strengthens their love for one another. That is why the pagan world was eventually converted to Christianity by the heroic examples of Christian martyrs.
     In the gospel, Jesus restores the dead son of a widow to life. It is because of this miracle and many others done by Jesus that the Christians believed in the resurrection. The holy martyrs Cornelius and Cyprian did not die recklessly for Christ. They knew and they believed that eternal life and paradise awaited them after their death. They looked forward to seeing the Father and Jesus face to face in the heavenly kingdom. Their hearts were full of anticipation as God gave them a calm spirit to receive the death blow. The blood of martyrs is the seed of the growth of the Church.

Prayer Requests:
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
… for families who are in need of healing
     * Allan M. Gatchalian, A. Dimayuga Jr., M.L.P. Cheang, SA Villanueva Sr, F Baltazar, Amy Duran
… for world peace and reconciliation
… for the birthday intentions of
     * Guia N Tadiar, Rose Marie S, Clemena Babie Gutierrez, Amy Raneses, Amada Arcos, Fe Marguez
… for the safety of travelers
… for eternal repose
     * Herman Castuera, Herminia Lodana, Christian Lomerio

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.

Have a good day!

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

 

Monday 24th Week in Ordinary Time

September 15, 2014
Monday 24th Week in Ordinary Time
[Memorial, Our Lady of Sorrows]

1 Cor 11: 17-26, 33 / Ps 40: 7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 17 / Jn 19: 25-27 or Lk 2: 33-35

Reading: 1 Cor 11: 17-26, 33
To continue with my advice, I cannot praise you, for your gatherings are not for the better but for the worse. First, as I have heard, when you gather together, there are divisions among you and I partly believe it. There may have to be different groups among you, so that it becomes clear who among you are genuine. Your gatherings are no longer the Supper of the Lord, for each one eats at once his own food and while one is hungry, the other is getting drunk. Do you not have houses in which to eat and drink? Or perhaps you despise the Church of God and desire to humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say? Shall I praise you? For this I cannot praise you. This is the tradition of the Lord that I received and that in my turn I have handed on to you; the Lord Jesus, on the night that he was delivered up, took bread and, after giving thanks, broke it, saying, "This is my body which is broken for you; do this in memory of me." In the same manner, taking the cup after the supper, he said, "This cup is the new Covenant in my blood. Whenever you drink it, do it in memory of me." So, then, whenever you eat of this bread and drink from this cup, you are proclaiming the death of the Lord until he comes. So then, brothers, when you gather for a meal, wait for one another.

Gospel: Jn 19: 25-27
Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother's sister Mary, who was the wife of Cleophas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw the Mother, and the disciple whom he loved, he said to the Mother, "Woman, this is your son." Then he said to the disciple, "There is your mother." And from that moment the disciple took her to his own home.

Reflection:
     When we see a member of our family in intense pain, we feel pain, too. The gospel reading presents us Jesus hanging on the cross and below are his mother and the women friends with John the apostle keeping him company and support. Jesus is not outdone in generosity and concerns, so he uttered words of comfort to his mother saying, "This is your son," and to his beloved disciple, a plea for his mother saying, "This is your mother." The scene is heart-rending, but it is also of utmost concern.
     Once a mother with a son and two daughters who wanted to join a foreign missionary institute said, "If I had one more daughter I'll still gladly give her to the Lord. The mother told her daughters upon their departure for the foreign mission not to worry for her, for certainly the Lord will take care of her. Soon her son got married and lived separately. Left alone without any of her children around, she entered a nursing home while waiting for the arrival of the missionaries. The son arrived and the daughters arrived. The following day she went home to heaven with the Lord. Was this woman rewarded for allowing her daughters to leave her and go to the foreign mission?

Prayer Requests:
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
… for families who are in need of healing
… for world peace and reconciliation

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.

Have a good day!

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

 

Feast, EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS

September 14, 2014
[Feast, EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS]

Nm 21: 4b-9 / Ps 78: 1bc-2, 34-35, 36-37, 38 / Phil 2: 6-11 / Jn 3: 13-17

First Reading: Numbers 21: 4b-9
The people were discouraged by the journey  and began to complain against God and Moses, "Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is neither bread nor water here and we are disgusted with this tasteless manna." Yahweh then sent fiery serpents against them. They bit the people and many of the Israelites died. Then the people came to Moses and said, "We have sinned, speaking against Yahweh and against you. Plead with Yahweh to take the serpents away." Moses pleaded for the people and Yahweh said to him, "Make a fiery serpent and set it on a standard; whoever has been bitten and then looks at it shall live." So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a standard. Whenever a man was bitten, he looked towards the bronze serpent and he lived.

Second Reading: Philippians 2: 6-11
Though he was in the form of God, he did not regard equality with God as something to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking on the nature of a servant, made in human likeness, and in his appearance found as a man. He humbled himself by being obedient to death, death on the cross. That is why God exalted him and gave him the Name which outshines all names, so that at the Name of Jesus all knees should bend in heaven, on earth and among the dead, and all tongues proclaim that Christ Jesus is the Lord to the glory of God the Father.

Gospel: John 3: 13-17
No one has ever gone up to heaven except the one who came from heaven, the Son of Man. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, so that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. Yes, God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but may have eternal life. God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world; instead, through him the world is to be saved.

Reflection:
     The triumph of the Cross, the Cross of Jesus Christ, is one of the most important and fundamental beliefs of Christianity. To those who do not share our faith in Jesus, it probably sounds like the ultimate contradiction in terms. That is understandable, because in the ancient world, crucifixion was a sign of defeat, not a sign of victory. Only those who have faith can see the victory that came in and through Jesus' sufferings. That victory is spoken of in today's second reading from Philippians, where we are told that Jesus "humbled himself, obediently accepting even death, death on a Cross. But because of this, God highly exalted him in the Resurrection, and bestowed upon him the name above all other names."
     Jesus said in today's Gospel reading that he would be "lifted up" in crucifixion, so that he would become the source of eternal life for all who believe in him. And that is precisely what happened on Good Friday: Jesus took our sins upon himself on the Cross, including, incidentally, the sins we have not even committed yet, and made atonement for them to the heavenly Father. Jesus' cross was his trophy because it was the means by which the devil was wounded and death conquered. Without the victory of the Cross, there would be no Resurrection, no forgiveness, and no hope of heaven. It is as simple as that. The triumph of the Cross is "a given". It is an unchangeable fact of our Catholic Christian faith. Jesus won the victory over sin and death by his sacrifice on Good Friday, and nothing can ever negate that victory. The good news is that because of Jesus' victory on his Cross, we now have the potential to experience many "victories" ourselves in the midst of our personal crosses.
     What are these potential victories—these potential "triumphs" that we can experience through our daily crosses? Well, think, for a moment, of the major sufferings you have experienced in your life. Have you changed in a positive way through the crosses you have experienced? There are people who have become less materialistic, more generous with their money, time and possessions after they have been afflicted with a serious disease. That positive change is a victory of God in them. There are people who have become much more humble after they have lost their job, or had a struggle with drugs or alcohol. That positive change is a triumph of their personal cross. Then again, to the extent that you consciously offer up your personal daily crosses to God in union with the Cross of Jesus Christ—you experience victory, since you do something good with an evil you are experiencing in your life.
     Have your sufferings brought you closer to God? This is yet another way that you can triumph through your cross. There are people who have returned to the practice of their faith after something bad happened to them. And finally, by looking to Jesus and reflecting on his Cross, have you found strength to deal with your own sufferings? If you have, then you have experienced victory and triumph by allowing the Lord to build you up in faith and hope. Your cross may not have gone away, but you were better able to deal with it.
     We cannot always choose the sufferings we experience in life but we can choose to have victories in the midst of them. We can choose, to learn from our crosses and change in a positive way in response to our crosses. We can choose to let our crosses bring us closer to God. We can choose to share our faith with others when we have a cross, and we can choose to look to Jesus for the strength we need to deal with our cross.

Prayer Requests:
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
… for families who are in need of healing
… for world peace and reconciliation

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

 

Saturday 23rd Week in Ordinary Time

September 13, 2014
Saturday 23rd Week in Ordinary Time
[Memorial, St. John Chrysostom]

1 Cor 10: 14-22 / Ps 116: 12-13, 17-18/ Lk 6: 43-49

Reading: 1 Cor 10: 14-22
Therefore, dear friends, shun the cult of idols. I address you as intelligent persons; judge what I say. The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a communion with the blood of Christ? And the bread that we break, is it not a communion with the body of Christ? The bread is one, and so we, though many, form one body, sharing the one bread. Consider the Israelites. For them, to eat of the victim is to come into communion with its altar. What does all that mean? That the meat is really consecrated to the idol, or that the idol is a being. However, when the pagans offer a sacrifice, the sacrifice goes to the demons, not to God. I do not want you to come into fellowship with demons. You cannot drink at the same time from the cup of the Lord and from the cup of demons. You cannot share in the table of the Lord and in the table of the demons. Do we want, perhaps, to provoke the jealousy of the Lord? Could we be stronger than he?

Gospel: Luke 6: 43-49
No healthy tree bears bad fruit, no poor tree bears good fruit. And each tree is known by the fruit it bears: you don't gather figs from thorns, or grapes from brambles. Similarly the good person draws good things from the good stored in the heart, and an evil person draws evil things from the evil stored in the heart. For the mouth speaks from the fullness of the heart. Why do you call me: 'Lord! Lord!' and not do what I say? I will show you what the one who comes to me and listens to my words and acts accordingly, is like. That one is like the builder who dug deep and laid the foundations of his house on rock. The river overflowed and the stream dashed against the house, but could not carry it off because the house had been well built. But the one who listens and does not act, is like a man who built his house on the ground without a foundation. The flood burst against it, and the house fell at once: and what a terrible disaster that was!"

 Reflection:
     "The Apple doesn't fall far from the tree." Children inherit genes and traits from their parents. Also, what a child sees at home especially from his parents, he mimics because he believes it is good. At an early age, children's reference for what is right or wrong is the home. If a parent wants their child to be good, then they themselves must do good. And, even though a person seems good and acts good, the goodness should be based on the goodness of his heart and the words that he preaches.
     When God calls us, we need to listen to him. If we talk to God, let us not expect an answer straight away.  God's ways are not our ways. Let us have patience and actually wait till it is our turn to be blessed by an answer which we must be able to discern well.
     God is our Father, and like our birth father, we must obey because he knows what is best for us. He knows the way we should follow and he will lead us to greatness.
     Based on my experience, when I didn't listen to the good advice given to me by my parents, I felt like I was straying and destroying my future because of the bad decisions that I made. But when I found God and the heart and common sense to listen to all the good advice given to me, I was blessed with a ton of gifts, not only material ones, but peace of mind.

Prayer Requests:
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
… for families who are in need of healing
     * for Abbey and Jayvee
… for world peace and reconciliation

… In memoriam (+) : Bernardo Santiago Jr.

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.

Have a good day!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

 

Friday 23rd Week in Ordinary Time

September 12, 2014
Friday 23rd Week in Ordinary Time
 [Memorial, The Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary]
 
1 Cor 9: 16-19, 22-27 / Ps 84: 3,4, 5-6, 12 / Lk 6: 39-42

Reading: 1 Cor 9: 16-19, 22-27
Because I cannot boast of announcing the Gospel: I am bound to do it. Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel! If I preached voluntarily, I could expect my reward, but I have been trusted this office against my will. How can I, then, deserve a reward? In announcing the Gospel, I will do it freely without making use of the rights given to me by the Gospel. So, feeling free with everybody, I have become everybody's slave in order to gain a greater number. To the weak I made myself weak, to win the weak. So I made myself all things to all people in order to save, by all possible means, some of them. This I do for the Gospel, so that I too have a share of it. Have you not learned anything from the stadium? Many run, but only one gets the prize. Run, therefore, intending to win it, as athletes who impose upon themselves a rigorous discipline. Yet for them the wreath is of laurels which wither, while for us, it does not wither. So, then, I run knowing where I go. I box but not aimlessly in the air. I punish my body and control it, lest after preaching to others, I myself should be rejected.

Gospel: Luke 6: 39-42 
And Jesus offered this example, "Can a blind person lead another blind person? Surely both will fall into a ditch. A disciple is not above the master; but when fully trained, he will be like the master. So why do you pay attention to the speck in your brother's eye, while you have a log in your eye, and are not conscious of it? How can you say to your neighbor, 'Friend, let me take this speck out of your eye,' when you can't remove the log in your own? You hypocrite! First remove the log from your own eye, and then you will see clearly enough to remove the speck from your neighbor's eye. 

Reflection:
     In today's gospel, we see our Lord Jesus continuing to teach his disciples and followers by using very common situations in daily life to illustrate what he wanted to get across to his audience. They form part of his "sermon on the plain" which began with his seemingly contradictory teachings in what we know as the beatitudes. The gospel verses for today teach us very simple truths which may seem like common sense to most of us. How can a blind man who cannot see where he is going lead another person? Surely a student cannot know more than his teacher. But if he fully learns everything that his master knows and teaches, then he can know as much as his master but never more because this teacher is the source of all his knowledge. Being very familiar with the wood working trade, he used elements from his work like logs to illustrate his teaching on our natural but very flawed tendency to put the blame on other people. As we read the "good news" today we are challenged to reflect more deeply on what we do or fail to do in the different situations in our daily life. 
     Have we responded favorably to the Lord's teaching or have we failed?  Can we recall, or are we even aware of situations when we failed to use our "common sense" and failed our Lord miserably? 

Prayer Requests:
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn. 
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
… for families who are in need of healing.
… for world peace and reconciliation.

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. 

Have a good day!

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