November 30, 2014

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Jesus said to his disciples: “Be watchful! Be alert!”

As I was beginning to write my column for the bulletin a good friend sent me the prayer below. It speaks to the need to be watchful and alert.

Prepare My Heart

God my creator, and the one who loves my soul,
prepare my awareness for the Advent days ahead

so that I can dwell in every moment
with intention, gratitude, and purpose.

Prepare my body to do works of mercy
and also to enjoy feasts, walks,
moments of companionship with those I love.

Prepare my mind to focus on the stunning reality
introduced to this world when the child was born so long ago.

Prepare my thoughts to linger upon what is important,
what is lovely, true, and worthy of praise.

Prepare my heart, Christ of the manger,
prepare it to open wide and let you in.

Prepare my heart, dear Mary, mother of the baby,
to live hopefully, to endure mystery,

and to share through my every breath and every act
the joy of this holy existence. Amen.

Below are the dates for our deanery Penance Services. All services begin at 7:00 p.m.

12/3/14 St. Bridget – Pleasant Hill

12/4/14 St. Margaret – Lee’s Summit

12/5/14 St. John LaLande – Blue Springs

12/10/14 Holy Spirit – Lee’s Summit

12/14/14 Presentation – Lee’s Summit

12/18/14 St. Robert – Blue Springs

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