Check out this story of the life of St. Rita, whose feast is today.
“Wherever the waters flow, they bring health.”
“For Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous, that he might lead you to God. Put to death in the flesh, he was brought to life in the Spirit.” 1 Pt. 3:18
This weekend our nation celebrates Memorial Day reflecting on sacrifice, freedom, and peace. Here is a prayer for Memorial Day from the Center of Concern (https://www.coc.org/).
On this Memorial Day
Grant peace to the souls
of all those soldiers who died in war.
We remember the tears and grief of their families,
The pain of mothers, wives, husbands and children
Who lost precious loved ones.
To build a meaningful memorial to them,
We ask God to give us all the will
To work for peace around the world
So no more sons, daughters, husbands, wives, fathers, nor mothers
Are slaughtered by the guns and bombs of war.
We ask Mary, who held the lifeless body of her son
And was pierced by the sorrow of his suffering and death,
To grant us the compassion and wisdom to affirm life
And honor the dead through forgiveness and peace making.
May God have mercy on the souls of the departed.
Grant them peace, O Lord.
May we have mercy on the living.
Grant us peace, O Lord.
In Your name we pray.
As we deepen our commitment to work for peace may we remember that peace is a gift of God given through the sacrifice of His Son who was put to death in the flesh but brought to life in the Spirit.
Dcn. Lincoln A. Wood
In all things peace of heart, joy, simplicity, and mercy.
God has plans for a future of peace for you, not of misfortune; God wants to give you a future and a hope.
“Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the silent result of violent repression. Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all. Peace is dynamism. Peace is generosity. It is right and it is duty.”