Wednesday, June 20, 2007


Memorial, St Aloysius Gonzaga, religious

June 21, 2007
Memorial, St Aloysius Gonzaga, religious
Thursday 11th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I

Brothers and sisters: If only you would put up with a little
foolishness from me! Please put up with me. For I am jealous of you
with the jealousy of God, since I betrothed you to one husband to
present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I am afraid that, as the
serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts may be corrupted
from a sincere and pure commitment to Christ. For if someone comes and
preaches another Jesus than the one we preached, or if you receive a
different spirit from the one you received or a different gospel from
the one you accepted, you put up with it well enough. For I think that
I am not in any way inferior to these "superapostles." Even if I am
untrained in speaking, I am not so in knowledge; in every way we have
made this plain to you in all things. Did I make a mistake when I
humbled myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached the
Gospel of God to you without charge? I plundered other churches by
accepting from them in order to minister to you. And when I was with
you and in need, I did not burden anyone, for the brothers who came
from Macedonia supplied my needs. So I refrained and will refrain from
burdening you in any way. By the truth of Christ in me, this boast of
mine shall not be silenced in the regions of Achaia. And why? Because
I do not love you? God knows I do!

MATTHEW 6:7-15
Jesus said to his disciples: "In praying, do not babble like the
pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words.
Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask
him. "This is how you are to pray: 'Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as
it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our
trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us
not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.' "If you forgive others
their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if
you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your

Jesus gives us the perfect prayer. It begins by calling God "Father."
The very first word tells us that in prayer we are not coming to
someone out of whom gifts have to be unwillingly extracted, but to a
Father who delights to supply his children's needs. When we pray to
Our Father in heaven, we must always remember the holiness of God.

"Holy be your name" means "Enable us to give you the unique place
which your nature and character deserve and demand. To pray for the
kingdom of heaven is to pray that we may submit our wills entirely to
the will of God. Before anything is asked for ourselves, God and his
glory, and the reverence due to him, come first. Only when we give God
the place he deserves in our lives, will all other things take their
proper place. The prayer covers all life. It covers present need. It
tells us to pray for our daily bread. But note, it is bread for the
day for which we pray. This goes back to the old story of the manna in
the desert. Only enough for needs of the day might be gathered. We are
not to worry about the unknown future, but to live a day at a time.
The prayer covers past sin.

When we pray, we cannot do other than pray for forgiveness because the
best of us is a sinful person as we stand before the purity of God. It
covers future trials. Temptation in the New Testament means any
testing situation. It covers every situation which is a challenge to
land a test of a person's integrity and fidelity. We cannot escape
temptations and difficulties in life, but we can meet them with God.

The Lord's Prayer has two great uses in our own private prayers. If we
use it at the beginning of our devotions, it awakens all kinds of holy
desires which will lead us on into the right pathways of prayer. If we
use it at the end of our devotions, it sums up all that we ought to
pray for in the presence of God.

We pray ...
.. for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
.. for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Sister Heidi Facto, DC
- Aileen and Dennis Dimapilis
.. for the eternal repose of
- Dr. Celestino and Felisa Lacanilao
- Bernarda
- Frennie David
Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they and all the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.
.. for the special intention and special needs of San Juan de Dios
.. for the continued good health of the Balingit family.
.. for peace and healing of Pauline and family.
.. for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Bey Pacheco
- Birthday: Nena Castillejo Marquez
- Birthday: Victoria S. Bowe
- Birthday: John Rupa C. Garcia
- In Memoriam (+): Chester Gotiong
.. 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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