This devotional is uniquely Catholic in that the meditation is based on the daily readings for the Mass, called the Lectionary. But you don't have to be Catholic to find a home here! Click on 'Today's reading' for the lectionary link to read the bible readings, then click the back button and spend a few minutes with the meditation. Relax! This is your time, well deserved, much needed, and holy. Let all the things you "should be doing" melt away and bask in the presence of your God who loves you!

Before we begin, let us pray,

Father, you created me and put me on earth for a purpose. Jesus, you died for me and called me to complete your work. Holy Spirit, you help me to carry out the work for which I was created and called. In your presence and name - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - I begin my meditation.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Lectionary: 433
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm
St. Giles

"...they interceded with him about her." Jesus surely knew that Simon's mother was sick. However, the apostles still interceded on her behalf and Christ healed her. Their example shows me that I should always pray for others, especially my children.
One more thing: The first reading reminds me that I am God's co-worker. Although he causes the growth to happen, he needs me to feed and water the budding faith in my children. One way we do that is through prayer. While I need to pray for my children, I also need to pray with them, showing them when and how to pray. My family does a short, age-appropriate devotional every night at dinner. At our evening prayers we pray for special intentions. We always include a prayer before meals. How do you incorporate prayer into your family's life? Feel free to share ideas in the comment section.
Prayer: Father in heaven, thank you for the opportunity to share in the work of your field within my home with my children! I pray for the well being of my children and for you to continue to grow their faith in you. Help me to keep prayer a priority in my life and with my family. I ask all in Jesus' name, Amen. St. Giles, pray for me.

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