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Friday, August 4, 2017

First Friday and our renewal

"Trusting in the fidelity of God and the love of my sisters, I, Helen Rosenthal (individual names) renew with all my heart the vows I have made to follow Jesus Christ until death by perpetual obedience, poverty, and chastity in the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and I commit myself anew to its mission of manifesting the love of Christ by the service of education, according to our Constitutions."

Then Father Sean said: "Religious are not alone in taking out lives and offering them to God. Each one of us is bound by vows and promises, both, to God and to one another. Let us pause in silence to ask God's grace to remain faithful to all these commitments. (Silent prayer)
Gracious God, send the gift of your Holy Spirit upon each one of us who has been consecrated by your love. May our lives reveal the face of Jesus, so that all who see us may find him present in your world. In the freedom of our hearts may we be vessels of your Spirit in the lives of others. May we look upon the world and see it ruled by your loving wisdom. May the gift we make of ourselves hasten the coming of your reign, and lead us one day into the fullness of your joy with all the saints of heaven. We ask this through Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.
(This seems a good prayer for this First Friday.)

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