Intention: In memory of all who were victims of the attacks of September 11, 2001, and for a new birth of peace, compassion, and fellowship among all the peoples of the world.
Today’s Gospel | Luke 6:20-26
Raising his eyes toward his disciples Jesus said:
“Blessed are you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours.
Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who are now weeping, for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude and insult you, and denounce your name as evil on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your reward will be great in heaven. For their ancestors treated the prophets in the same way.
But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. But woe to you who are filled now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will grieve and weep. Woe to you when all speak well of you, for their ancestors treated the false prophets in this way.”
From the Fifth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Ask God today for the grace to watch so well over the children confided to you that you will take every possible precaution to shield them from serious faults.
Ask God to be such good guides for them, through the light that you will procure for yourselves by turning to God and by the fidelity with which you do your work, that you will see clearly every obstacle to the good of their souls and keep away from the path of their salvation everything that could harm them.
This is the principal care you must have for the children entrusted to you. It is the main reason why God has entrusted you with so holy a ministry, and it is on this that God will call you to give a very exact account on the day of judgment.
Eternal Father, your Son called us to deny ourselves, to take up our crosses and follow him. Fill us with your Spirit, that we will be true disciples who bring good news to the oppressed, the broken, and the forgotten. Help us to nurture with care and vigilance those virtues within us that will keep us in your ways. Bless us with your grace and strengthen us for our life’s journey. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.