RE10, Term 3, Week 6: Prayers and reflections

The future belongs to you

"In you there is hope, for you belong to the future, just as the future belongs to you. For hope is always linked to the future; it is the expectation of "future good things". As a Christian virtue, it is linked to the expectation of those eternal good things which God has promised to man in Jesus Christ. And at the same time, this hope, as both a Christian and a human virtue, is the expectation of the good things which man will build, using the talents given him by Providence" (St John Paul II in his letter to the youth of the world, March 31, 1985).

False Gods

Lord, help us to recognise  the false gods in our lives,  those things that capture  our time and attention  and lead us away from you,  the one true God.  Sometimes our sport can be a false god.  So can playing computer games,  or Facebook.  Help us, Lord, to recognise you  in our lives  and to be faithful to you.  Amen.

Journal Questions: 

  • Which "goods of the future" do I hope to gain and what am I doing now to ensure that I can gain them?
  • How does my hope for a bright future affect the way I live each day? 
  • How do I acknowledge God in my life? How does my faith affect how I live out my role as a child, a sibling, a student, a friend, a member of society?

My "new day" resolution

This is the start of my "new life." I promise to make better use of the opportunities to learn and to be of service to others in need today.

Truth and Beauty

God our Father,
by the work of your Spirit, living in our hearts,
you lead people to desire your perfection,
to seek for truth and to rejoice for beauty.
enlighten and inspire
all thinkers, writers, artists and craftsmen,
so that in all things which are true
and pure and beautiful,
your name may be made holy
and your kingdom come on earth.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

St Anselm's Chapel, Canterbury Cathedral

A "Choosing Wisely" Prayer

you created us for yourself. 
Our hearts are restless until they rest in you. 
Help us to show our love for you 
through the choices we make. 
May we remember to think clearly, 
to seek the truth always, 
and never to choose out of fear, or anger, 
but always because we love you 
and all who are our neighbours. 
We make our prayer through Jesus your Son 
and Mary his mother. 
Amen, Lord, Amen.

St Augustine's Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit,
that my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit,
that my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit,
that I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit,
to defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit,
that I always may be holy.