Journal

11 March 2024

Lord,
From the depths of our precariousness, we do not give up, we raise our hands to You!
We will not bow to fate, but we will bow to You,
because you are the master of all possibilities, and you want us to stand on our own two feet.
We stretch out our hands: prayer is our dignity.
It is the breath that keeps us alive. It is part of your movement of life,
it creates in us a current of hope. It cleanses and renews all our judgements.
We stretch out our hands to you, Lord, our hands that break bread every day.
Make them better able to share, quicker to give. Let them reach out and touch one another,
to enlarge this body of humanity that sanctifies your Father’s name, in Jesus Christ and in the Spirit.

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6 March 2024

God our Father,
love enlightens all things
and Jesus Christ himself is our torch.
You invite us to look at him, to contemplate the face he gives to your word.
The face in which you yourself reveal yourself to us.
The disfigured face of the Crucified One who calls us to follow him
to discover the true face of the humanity we are.
Convert us to listening to his words, which are the wisdom of life,
to faith in his daily presence.
Let the Gospel of Peace shine on our faces, so that we may pass on to the world
the light with which he is eternally clothed.

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3 March 2024

A day is drawing to a close
full of you, Lord.
a day
full of your Word
May it not be forgotten,
suffocated, swallowed up by the passing of life.
A day
full of fraternal presence.
May we remember the faces
that lit up our own.
A day
full of the sacrament
that gives life and puts us back in communion with you,
with others, day after day…

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1 March 2025

Lord, it’s cold on earth because of the loneliness and distress of so many people.
Lighting a fire to warm up is a simple gesture, one that each of us is capable of…
Lord our God, help us to do this without ceasing:
In the image of Christ Jesus, burning with love for this world, teach us to warm, to listen, to console
those who are alone in their anguish and destitution.
On the threshold of this Lent, renew our hearts in the gift of ourselves,
In Jesus, your beloved son, our Master and Lord.

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28 February 2024

Your silence, Lord, is not the silence of abandonment.
It is the silence of a friend who discreetly stands by the one he loves.
Help us to respect and love your silence.

Your discretion, Lord, is not indifference towards us.
It shows the deep respect you have for us.
Help us to appreciate and love your discretion.

We know it, we believe it, Lord,
in silence and discretion
You are always close to us and we thank you for it.

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25 February 2024

Lord, we know our fears, our weariness and our resignation.
But we also know your tireless desire to challenge us to new beginnings.
May listening to your word and the assurance of your Presence rekindle in us the desire to respond to the call
that you keep issuing to us.
May the Spirit who makes all things new, keep us in the joy of being with Jesus and in communion
with our sisters and brothers along the way for all time.

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22 February 2024

Lord our God, you are overflowing with love for us and we are still calculating.
Teach us about your generosity!
You run to meet us and we are still reluctant to take a step.
Give us a share in your momentum!
You commit yourself without counting the cost and we are still waiting for certainty.
Open our hearts to your grace!
Just when we think we’ve arrived, you’re there, ahead of us, encouraging us to keep going.
Give us faith in your presence!
You are always ready to sow with great gestures and large hands, trusting in the seed that will
germinate.
Don’t stop believing in us.

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18 February 2024

Holy Spirit, open to us the path of the desert,
This place of the heart where, in the face of oneself, weapons are silenced;
This place of listening, where the word of peace is heard in the midst of words;
This place of trust and friendship where we can live together in peace.
Holy Spirit, open to us the path of the desert,
The path of life, of the new life that is the fruit of Jesus’ Passover,
Offered to our thirst, given like manna for our journey.
Holy Spirit, guide us on the way of Jesus.

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14 February 2024 – Ash Wednesday

Lord God, you created us in your image, modeled with the fine dust of the ground, you clothed us with the beauty of the divine nature. But we have broken this alliance, lost the likeness, closed our hands on the vanity of idols…So you sent your Son Jesus so that his humanity may clothe these beings of dust that we are with Your light, and that his Spirit may regenerate us! Our dry bones, you want them to live and dance, for your service and the service of our sisters and brothers.

In this time of Lent, we resume our walk, on the dusty soil of this world, but already renewed in faith, hope and charity, by the grace of the Resurrection of Christ, your only Son and our brother.

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31 December 2023

Lord, God of Life, how many times in the course of this year have we walked through reality as if on a thread above the abyss, with faith in a Promise heard in the hollow of our ears as the only support for our steps, while wars and injustices continue to turn our world upside down? How often, in the midst of threat, has an unsuspected space opened up, a space in which love, creation and relationships are still possible?

Your coming in our flesh, Lord, did not establish peace or justice on our earth. You have not eliminated evil, you have not protected us from any pain, but you have opened the way to another fullness. That of Tenderness that makes us love life even when we don’t understand it, even when the tragic or the absurd seem to take over.

For this look that comes to us through the face of Emmanuel and that reminds us that we are all inevitably promised to your Life, Father, we give you thanks, this evening and until the last day.

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