FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2020

“God’s plan for humanity is good, but in our daily affairs we experience the presence of evil. It is a daily experience…Do not forget this: the tempter is a bad payer, he does not pay well… While almost everyone behaves in a wicked manner, making hatred and conquest the great engine of human affairs, there are people who are capable of praying to God with sincerity, capable of writing mankind’s destiny in a different way… One has the impression that prayer is a bulwark; it is man’s refuge before the flood wave of evil that grows in the world. On closer inspection, we also pray to be saved from ourselves. It is important to pray: “Lord, please, save me from myself, from my ambitions, from my passions.” The prayerful of the first pages of the Bible are peace workers: indeed, when prayer is authentic, it frees one from the instincts of violence and it is a gaze directed to God, that he may return to take care of the heart of mankind…Prayer cultivates flowerbeds of rebirth in places where man’s hatred has only been able to expand the desert. And prayer is powerful because it attracts the power of God and the power of God always gives life: always. He is the God of life and he causes rebirth.”

Pope Francis

 

Photograph from Kenya

 Memorial of Saint Boniface, Bishop and Martyr

Psalm 119

O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.

Though my persecutors and my foes are many,
I turn not away from your decrees.

O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.

Permanence is your word’s chief trait;
each of your just ordinances is everlasting.

O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.

Princes persecute me without cause
but my heart stands in awe of your word.

O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.

Those who love your law have great peace,
and for them there is no stumbling block.

O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.

I wait for your salvation, O LORD,
and your commands I fulfill.

O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.

I keep your precepts and your decrees,
for all my ways are before you.

O Lord, great peace have they who love your law.

 

Blessings from Team MISSIO!