Intention: For persons living in places of crime and violence, that through the world’s efforts, safety and peace and new promise for their futures will come to them.
Today’s Gospel | Luke 10:38-42
Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.”
The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”
From the Tenth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
You must encourage the children in your care, in accord with the teaching of Jesus Christ, not only to be satisfied with doing good actions but also to avoid doing them before others in order to be esteemed and honored, because those who act this way have already received their reward.
It is important that you teach them to pray to God, as our Lord taught those who followed him, and to pray with much piety and in secret, that is, with much recollection, getting rid of all thoughts that could distract their minds during the time of prayer, so that they will be occupied solely with God and easily obtain what they ask of him.
Eternal Father, we live lives filled with things to do. It is easy to confuse our busy-ness for our purpose, when our tally of things matters more than our awareness of your presence. In the quietness of prayer, slow us down. Calm our bodies, cleanse our hearts, and reassure our souls, so that in sitting at your feet, we may rest in you and find our way again. May a spirit of simplicity guide our time with others and our way of serving those who you have entrusted to our care. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.