Journal

11 June 2024

Lord our God, you have placed everything in our hands: love, peace, the future of the world.
For your trust that hopes for us, praise be to you!
For the earth to be human, every person must have his or her daily bread.
For the ways of sharing that you propose to us, praise be to you!
For a world to be human, deadly conflicts must end.
For your peace that disarms hearts, praise be to you!
For a world to be humane, justice must be embodied in structures
that reduce the gap between rich and poor.
For your solidarity that awaits us, praise be to you!
For a world to be human, violence and hatred must be banished.
For your weakness that sows love without exclusion, praise be to you!

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7 June 2024

O Lord, God of our fathers, you who keep your covenant and shower your blessings
from generation to generation, we ask you to give us the grace to enter into this covenant
with all the sincerity of our hearts and to remain faithful to it. Keep us in the confidence
of your faith in us because of Jesus, who became our brother and companion on the way,
for time and eternity.

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5 June 2024

In the story of a tiny people,
you reveal to us, Lord, that the infinite love that dwells in the heart of man
is like the trace of an encounter, that of man with his creator.
You entrust us with an unfinished world, to be respected for the work of giving birth.
We were made for happiness,
in relationships, in healing, in forgiveness,
in the breath of life that animates all creation.
By contemplating the smallest gestures of love and solidarity,
you show us, Lord, the power of this breath, Yours, ours…

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3 June 2024

Father, give us strength every day to believe that life is stronger than evil.
That there is a way out and light beyond every dead end, every night.
That love already delivers us from death.
Give us the gift of listening to the source of true happiness, to the disconcerting
and inexhaustible calls of life, of what rises from the immense inner spaces
within us.
Give us the ability to recognise the new that is happening,
to marvel at it, to help it grow,
with a passion for love and hope that never lets us rest.
Give us the ability to move forward into the open sea, clear-sighted,
agreeing not to restrict the gift we have made of ourselves
so that your Kingdom may come.
Give us faith in what we do together,
by welcoming others’ differences,
becoming freer of ourselves every day.

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1 June 2024

Lord our God,
we give you thanks for Jesus, the brother of all those who seek God,
may his Name bring us together, may the beauty of his Gospel be our strength
in the fight against the forces that divide,
may the beauty of his Gospel be our strength in the fight against the forces that divide, the fight that makes us brothers and sisters and in solidarity,
following in the footsteps of Jesus, who tirelessly awakens us to a responsible humanity…

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30 May 2024

Blessed are you, God our Father, for Jesus,
sent to serve and not to be served.
Blessed are you, God our Father, for Jesus
who came to be with us in our suffering and our fears.
Blessed are you, God our Father, for Jesus,
passionate about you, passionate about people, respecting each one.
Blessed are you, God our Father, for Jesus
He gave his life like bread; his weakness is stronger than all powers.

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28 May 2024

Lord our God,
we bless you for your beautiful and good creation,
but we have hijacked it in our greed to devour its resources,
we have diverted the purpose for which you created this world to our own comfort.
Ecological awareness reminds us that saving the planet is in our hands.
And you continue to entrust it to us to make it beautiful,
with our love, our conversion, our sharing…
God, who loves and seeks man down to the depths of his misery,
blessed are you for the One who is forever reaching out to us, Jesus Christ!
In Him we are co-creators of the new earth, and for that we thank you.

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26 May 2024

Lord, how long is the road to knowledge.
Will it take us all eternity to know you and to know ourselves?
Today we see only a pale reflection, but in the mirror of your Love
it is your warm, welcoming light that gradually reveals us to ourselves.
At the beginning of the world you said: “Let there be light” and there was light.
And that was good. So that your light may be in our lives, keep us in your Name
so that we may enjoy the benefits of your presence,
from now until eternity.

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25 May 2024

Dear Lord,
By your Spirit, fashion for us a simple heart that does not relish sadness
By your Spirit, give us a faithful and generous heart that forgets no good but rejects evil
By your Spirit, give us a gentle and humble heart that loves without counting the cost
Through your Spirit, give us a heart that is wide and open, that is not closed by ingratitude,
that no indifference wearies.

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23 May 2024

Spirit, source of unity,
on this new day, teach us to gather the smallest pearl of happiness
that the dew of your love deposits in the hollow of our hands
as on the corolla of flowers.
Teach us to savour these small joys, these rays of sunshine
and may these sparks of love spread from one to the next
and light up a multitude.

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