The Prayer Corner

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Welcome! Our hope here in the Prayer Corner is to provide a few moments of thoughtful reflection and shared concerns.  From time to time we will post a thought for the day and a short prayer/reflection that may offer some solace, hope and support for all as we continue to move through this most amazing and unpredictable time.

If you would like to offer an intention for all to pray for or a comment or observation about a prayer, please send that to adutrow@thecatholichighschool.org and we will post your thoughts the next day. Please know that we keep you all in our daily prayers and hope for each of you good health and peace of heart and mind.

Sister Ann Dutrow, OSF  
Director of Mission

Daily Prayer & Reflection

May 28, 2020

" Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundation that holds and enriches all relationships."

-​Stephen R. Covey

This weekend, we look forward to celebrating the feast of Pentecost. This day is often called "the Birthday of the Church". On this day, shortly after Jesus' ascension back to heaven, the promised gift of His Spirit came upon the apostles and disciples. From that day on, their priorities and values were refocused, their lives took on a 'new normal'.

Today, during this 21st century crisis, we also pray for the inspiration of the Spirit...…. for new courage, new appreciation, and the birth of a 'new normal' in which we value even more the gifts of God in our fellow human beings and in our mother earth. May we trust in the loving goodness of our Creator and use with care and attention all that we have been given. We ask God's blessing upon all of us, our families and friends, and all those suffering in any way.

We thank God for the gift of the Spirit so that we might contribute to 'renewing the face of the earth' as we move forward each day.

May 26, 2020

This is a special week where we have just celebrated Jesus' Ascension back to God and will celebrate the gift of the coming of Jesus' Spirit on Pentecost Sunday, just ahead of us. Jesus told his followers that it was time for Him to leave, yet He would always be present. His departure offered the promise of wisdom and guidance not only for His followers but for all believers down through the ages, including us. How can we take all of this in? What are we expected to do? How can we figure all of this out? We feel full of questions but can't always see the answers.

A Christian writer once said, "Now, we are where Jesus happens in this world." That may be the message of Ascension/Pentecost. As Christians, we are, by name, Christ-bearers. Jesus equipped us with all of the example we need to live the Gospel in our time.... we have the Scriptures. Jesus gifted us with the Spirit who offers His wisdom and His courage and strength.....they are within each of us. How can we take on this role and live it here and now? This is ours to discover during these sacred days.

May 21, 2020

"It is precisely the people who are considered the least "likely" leaders who end up inspiring others the most. Everyday people and everyday acts of courage eventually change everything."

-Ai-Jen Poo

Ai-Jen Poo is an American woman born to her immigrant Taiwanese parents in Pittsburgh in 1973. She is the first to note that both her mother and her grandmother had an amazing impact on her growing up. When in college, Ai-Jen volunteered on a hotline for Asian-American women and noticed the lack of respect and dignity afforded domestic workers. Alone, she started forming alliances and offering support and information to women working in domestic situations. Today she is a much sought after speaker on this topic, has been honored by many organizations, and has several YouTube videos and interviews. The quotation sited above comes from her heart and her experience over the last forty years. She has dedicated her life to service for these workers, mostly women, and encourages each of us to do some small part in offering honor and dignity to the caregivers all around us.

We ask God's blessing on her work. We ask for a more conscious appreciation in our society for the dignity of all laborers in any walk of life.

St. Francis and St. Clare, pray for us. AMEN

May 19, 2020

"Knowing that you love the earth changes you, activates you to defend and protect and celebrate. But when you feel the earth loves you in return, that feeling transforms the relationship from a one-way street into a sacred bond."

-​Robin Wall Kimmerer

​In our thoughts today, we continue to pray for the sick among our Catholic High community, especially those in hospitals, and for all of their family members who cannot be with them at this time. We ask God's loving comfort and support for them and a return to good health.
We pray also for those making decisions that will affect so many during these difficult times and ask guidance and wisdom as they consider various alternatives.

We thank you, God, for the gift of so many who are serving in so many varied capacities that we might have some normalcy in our daily lives --- health care workers, grocers, delivery persons, restaurant personnel, transit employees, and so many others. Please keep them safe in the day to day risks they are taking. Help us to value and respect one another and keep one another in prayer. AMEN


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Intentions

May 26, 2020

 We pray for the successful surgery and full recovery of health for Gus Kastrunes.

May 6, 2020

Marie Planamente - April 16, 2020
Clara 'Kate' Troilo - April 29, 2020
May they rest in the loving embrace of our God.



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Resources

Center for Action and Contemplation - author Richard Rohr, Franciscan priest, several options, of the most popular is daily reflections with weekly themes, several books available and other subtopics

Gratefulness.org -  thoughts for the day, various sources

On Being Project - several options including poetry, essay, photos, Krista Tippett shares weekly

Laudate - broad, general resource/reference for all kinds of religious needs, information bank

The God Minute - daily ten-minute prayer/reflection each day

National Catholic Reporter - daily Catholic press articles, including Earthbeat, other topical sources

Take 5 For Faith - brief, prayerful reflection each day

Daily Readings - liturgical references to daily masses

Missio.org - Pope Francis' COVID-19 Emergency Solidarity Fund

The Word Among Us - daily meditations, reflections, and print materials


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