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September 28, 2015, 11:07 pm

Daywan Scott, Age 23, Wilmington, Delaware

Wilmington, Delaware - Daywan Scott, age 23, suffered from a drive by shooting. He suffered gunshot wounds to the upper torso and lower extremities. While only a few miles away Pope Francis was delivering his message of hope and encouragement to the Worldwide Gathering of Families in Philadelphia, PA.

Meanwhile in Wilmington, Delaware Police officers worked to maintain the shooting scene as the crowd grew agitated and became increasingly hostile. Assistance was requested from state and county police. Those officers already were in the city, helping in the area of the train station, due to the Papal visit in Philadelphia, according to police.

Many in the disorderly crowd estimated at 300 to 400 people threw rocks and bottles at police and emergency medical personnel. Several officers were struck but did not require hospitalization.

Our Lady Undoer of Knots, please pray for our inner cities and restore peace and safety to our neighborhoods. Protect all police and public servants, as well innocent bystanders, who are called to keep the peace. Continue to grace our country with the many blessings highlighted by Pope Francis' visit. Restore faith, hope and peace to strife ridden impoverished areas in our inner cities.

Lord, continue to bless all families with a renewed sense of familial love for all peoples and races. We thank you for Pope Francis' visit to our country. May the Good News he has shared continue to bless our country for many years to come. We ask this through the perpetual intercession of Mary Our Lady of Undoer of Knots. Amen

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September 25, 2015, 10:28 pm

The Intentions of Pope Francis

New York, New York - In the wide-ranging speech, Pope Francis alluded to many prayer intentions such as the recent nuclear deal with Iran (which he described as "proof of the potential of political goodwill") and he reaffirmed all girls' right to education.

Pope Francis called for the international financial institutions to reform to make the world's economic systems more equitable.

He expressed deep concern for the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, where they and other religious groups, have been "forced to witness the destruction of their places of worship, their cultural and religious heritage" and have been forced to flee or face death or enslavement.

He mentioned other areas of conflict - including Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Libya, South Sudan and the Great Lakes region in Africa - Francis said it was essential that human beings "take precedence over partisan interests, however legitimate the latter may be".

The Pope included the Ukraine as noteworthy for our prayers.

Although the speech was overwhelmingly progressive in its tone, Francis also made it clear that he upholds the Catholic church's doctrine on abortion, calling for the "absolute respect for life in all its stages".

Pope Francis also invoked "moral law written in nature itself" to insist on the "natural difference" between men and women.

His strongest words were reserved for his defense of "this common home of all men and women".

Pope Francis asked us all to be a powerful force against global poverty, social injustice and climate change with the release of his encyclical on the environment in June.

With his moral authority and charisma, the Pope calls us to be more committed to climate change with its sweeping moral implications.

As his recent encyclical made evident, the Pope believes that the unrestrained capitalism of the current economic order is trampling upon the rights of the poor and the weak, and destroying the environment. We must reverence our environment and avoid what he called a "culture of waste" in which the poorest and weakest were seen as disposable.

In his address to the UN, the Pope stated that the environment is not merely a necessary tool for human survival, but an element of the same creation, and therefore in possession of rights.

"We Christians, together with the other monotheistic religions, believe that the universe is the fruit of a loving decision by the Creator, who permits man respectfully to use creation for the good of his fellow men and for the glory of the Creator; he is not authorized to abuse it, much less to destroy it," he said.

Sacrifice the environment, and wrongs against the weak and the poor were bound to follow, he said. "A selfish and boundless thirst for power and material prosperity leads both to the misuse of available natural resources and to the exclusion of the weak and disadvantaged," he warned.

His UN address calls us to be optimistic and pray for the success of the up and coming Paris talks on climate change.

"Pope Francis has once again reminded us that alleviating poverty and preserving the environment are part of the same struggle."

Pope Francis called on all world powers at the security council to seek a peaceful settlement in the Middle East, while holding up the nuclear agreement between the western powers and Iran as an example of constructive diplomacy.

Lord, for all these intentions, we pray. We thank you for the leadership and brotherly love of Pope Francis and pray for the successful accomplishment of all his expressed concerns and those hidden within. Thank you for the many blessings and graces received during Pope Francis' visit. For his safe passage and speedy return, we pray. Amen

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September 24, 2015, 1:43 pm

Blessings of Our New Saint Serra

Washington, DC - If you live in San Deigo, San Francisco or Santa Monica, did you know your city was named by a saint? Today we celebrate the canonization of Junipero Serra Ferres OFM. He founded nine missions in California during his life in the 1700's.

Juniperos missionary life was a long battle with cold and hunger, with unsympathetic military commanders and even with danger of death from non-Christian native peoples. Through it all his unquenchable zeal was fed by prayer each night, often from midnight until dawn. He baptized over 6,000 people and confirmed 5,000. His travels would have circled the globe. He brought the Native Americans not only the gift of faith but also a decent standard of living. He won their love, as witnessed especially by their grief at his death. He is buried at Mission San Carlo Borromeo, Carmel, and was beatified in 1988. Pope Francis canonized him in Washington, D.C., on September 23, 2015.

The word that best describes Junipero is zeal. It was a spirit that came from his deep prayer and dauntless will. Always forward, never back was his motto. His work bore fruit for 50 years after his death as the rest of the missions were founded in a kind of Christian communal living by the Indians. When both Mexican and American greed caused the secularization of the missions, the Chumash people went back to what they had beenGod again writing straight with crooked lines.

During the canonization Mass Pope Francis recognized the importance of zeal and spiritual perseverance. Saint Serra also had a holy boldness to go where he was most needed without counting the cost. As we celebrate his life and contributions, may we celebrate all the good being accomplished throughout the world. Goodness is the external sign of God's presence among us. May we continue to be a sign of God's goodness and mercy.

Let us pray for an increase of love for all peoples and nations. Lord, give us holy zeal to bring your Good News of Mercy to others. Continue to bless all missionaries who serve the sick, the poor, the dying, the homeless and the marginalized. May everything we do give glory to God.

Saint Junipero Serra, pray for us.
Mary, Mother of Mercy, pray for us.
Jesus, our Good Shepherd, guide us on our way.

Lord, we thank you for our new Saint, may his prayers help accomplish your holy will as we live out our destiny in your Providential Plan. God be praised in all things. Amen

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September 22, 2015, 12:09 am

Missing Persons and their Families

Scottsdale, AZ - Your prayers are need for Daine Kay and family. Diane is missing and disappeared from her home in Scottsdale, AZ on September 11th. Diane is 55, 5 feet, 130 lbs, medium build, blond and blue eyed. Her family, neighbors and friends have joined the local police in the search. Please join your prayers to their efforts in finding Diane.

Mary, Mother of the Lost, restore what can not be found; give us the consolation of your powerful intercession.
Jesus, hope of the lost and Savior of the world, pray for all those who are missing and lost this day. Bring them home safely into your care.
We ask this in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen

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September 18, 2015, 10:09 pm

All Families in Need 2015

Vatican 2015 - As Pope Francis travels to the United States next week, let us pray for blessings for all families with a prayer offered by the Pope in 2013:

"Jesus, Mary and Joseph to you, Holy Family of Nazareth, today we turn our gaze with admiration and confidence; in you we contemplate the beauty of communion in true love; to you we commend our families, so that in them marvels of grace may be renewed.

Holy Family of Nazareth, alluring school of the Gospel: teach us to imitate your virtues
with a wise spiritual discipline, grant us a clear vision that recognizes the work of Divine Providence in the daily realities of life.

Holy Family of Nazareth, faithful custodian of the mystery of salvation: help us to regain an appreciation for silence, make our families Cenacles of prayer and transform them into little domestic Churches, renew the desire for sanctity, sustain their noble toil of work, of education, of listening, of mutual understanding and of forgiveness.

Holy Family of Nazareth, reawaken in our society the consciousness of the Sacred and inviolable character of the family, an inestimable and irreplaceable good.

May every family be a place where goodness and peace are welcomed for children and for the elderly, for those who are sick and alone, for those who are poor and needy.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we pray to you with confidence, we entrust ourselves to you with joy. Amen"

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September 14, 2015, 10:09 pm

Mercy as the Pope Visits

Vatican City - Pope Francis has declared a year of Mercy as part of the Jubilee year starting December 8, 2015. He shared:

"We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it. Mercy: the word reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Mercy: the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us ... At times we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father's action in our lives. For this reason I proclaim an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as a special time for the Church; a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective. ..."

On this Feast of the Triumph of the Cross and Our Lady of Sorrows, may God continue to bless you and all those you serve with His merciful love and healing. It is in and through His mercy that we are saved. Spread the word that this is the time of His great Mercy.

Lord, by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.
Mary, our Mother of Sorrows, pray for all souls in most need of the Lord's mercy.
Jesus, we trust in you! Amen

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September 11, 2015, 12:21 am

Novena Prayer for Pope Francis' Visit to the USA

Washington, DC - Please join us as we pray for the safety and success of Pope Francis' visit to the United States.

Daily Intentions Day One: For the safety of Pope Francis as he travels.

Day Two: For the people of the United States that we may be open to our Holy Fathers message of care and concern for the poor and vulnerable among us.

Day Three: For our government, that all elected officials in the United States use their positions to promote equal opportunity, justice and quality of life for all people.

Day Four: For the United Nations, that world leaders work together to create peace and to make land, lodging and labor available to all.

Day Five: For the World the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, that all participants be guided by the Holy Spirit and discern ways to support families amid the challenges of our day.

Day Six: For all those in Consecrated Life, that they truly be the presence of Christ on earth; for those who pray for vocations, for those considering or preparing for consecrated life, especially the novices who will meet with Pope Francis.

Day Seven: For our Criminal Justice System, that we work for an end to crime by creating prisons that offer not only punishment, but an opportunity to effect real change; that prisoners and those responsible for them be treated with respect in an environment that is safe for all.

Day Eight: For an end to human trafficking in all forms and for respect for immigrants everywhere.

Day Nine: For the Church throughout the world, especially the Church in the Unites States, that all bishops, priests, religious, and the lay faithful be open and attentive to the messages of the Holy Father and to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Novena Prayer:

"Good and gracious God, You create us, sustain us and are present with us always. We ask you to hear our prayer this day. We pray for Our Holy Father, Pope Francis: Continue to bless and protect him. Guide him with your Holy Spirit as he leads your Church on earth. Help each of us, who profess belief in You, to be attentive to your word expressed in the teachings of the Church. Help us make our lives a living witness of your presence by our care for all your creation, especially the poor and vulnerable. We make this prayer in the name of Jesus, Your Son, who lived among us and taught us to pray: Our Father" - prepared by Sr. Mary Frate, DC

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September 11, 2015, 12:10 am

Novena for Pope Francis' Visit to the United States

Washington, DC - Please join us as we pray for the safety and success of Pope Francis' visit to the United States.

Daily Intentions Day One: For the safety of Pope Francis as he travels.

Day Two: For the people of the United States that we may be open to our Holy Fathers message of care and concern for the poor and vulnerable among us.

Day Three: For our government, that all elected officials in the United States use their positions to promote equal opportunity, justice and quality of life for all people.

Day Four: For the United Nations, that world leaders work together to create peace and to make land, lodging and labor available to all.

Day Five: For the World the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, that all participants be guided by the Holy Spirit and discern ways to support families amid the challenges of our day.

Day Six: For all those in Consecrated Life, that they truly be the presence of Christ on earth; for those who pray for vocations, for those considering or preparing for consecrated life, especially the novices who will meet with Pope Francis.

Day Seven: For our Criminal Justice System, that we work for an end to crime by creating prisons that offer not only punishment, but an opportunity to effect real change; that prisoners and those responsible for them be treated with respect in an environment that is safe for all.

Day Eight: For an end to human trafficking in all forms and for respect for immigrants everywhere.

Day Nine: For the Church throughout the world, especially the Church in the Unites States, that all bishops, priests, religious, and the lay faithful be open and attentive to the messages of the Holy Father and to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Novena Prayer:

"Good and gracious God, You create us, sustain us and are present with us always. We ask you to hear our prayer this day. We pray for Our Holy Father, Pope Francis: Continue to bless and protect him. Guide him with your Holy Spirit as he leads your Church on earth.
Help each of us, who profess belief in You, to be attentive to your word expressed in the teachings of the Church. Help us make our lives a living witness of your presence by our care for all your creation, especially the poor and vulnerable. We make this prayer in the name of Jesus, Your Son, who lived among us and taught us to pray:

Our Father Prepared by Sr. Mary Frate, DC

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September 8, 2015, 10:20 pm

The Survival of Love

Feast of the Birth of Mary - May all creation give thanks and praise to Mary, Virgin and Mother of Jesus, who has given us an example of all love and abandonment to God's will. May we praise God of the gift of Mary in our lives and may we commend all our prayers to her perpetual intercession. By her Son Jesus, we are saved!

Mary, our Mother, pray for us.
Mary, witness of God's love for us, pray for us.
Mary, Mother of all life, give birth to our salvation through your prayers. Amen

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September 8, 2015, 9:00 pm

The Survival of Love

Washington, DC - During this time of turbulence and strife, we must remember that our legacy to times past, present and future must be the legacy of the survival of love.

"What will survive of us is love." It may seem odd to begin such a reflection with a quote from a confirmed atheist, the English poet Philip Larkin, but there is something striking about the precision and universality of this line that has remained for all catechists.

The role of the catechist begins, of course, at Baptism as we receive our commission to go and bear witness, and continues throughout life as we endeavor to teach, to guide, to explain and, indeed, to provoke young (and not so young) minds into thought and reflection. We catechists are in a privileged and unusual position in that as we teach the student, so too do we continue to learn; as we preach, so too do we remind ourselves of our obligations and responsibilities.

So when we teach we must remember doctrine, we must discuss tradition, we must engender a respect for Scripture, but above all we must love. We must love because that is what we have been taught to do by our beloved Lord. The Gospels overflow with love. The Sermon on the Mount inspires us with love. The 'New Commandment' compels us to love.

Therefore let our earthly legacy be love. We will be remembered primarily, not for what we have taught, or achieved, but how we love and help others encounter God. What will survive us? What will be our legacy? Let us always be love. Love is the presence of God among us, which transforms our being and our very life, which makes all the difference.

Love one another dear children for God loves us so much; nothing compares to His love among us. It is love that heals and gives new life. Love is eternal life. Let us pray for the "survival of love" which is love and mercy itself now and for all eternity. Amen

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September 8, 2015, 8:59 pm

The Survival of Love

Washington, DC - During this time of turbulence and strife, we must remember that our legacy to times past, present and future must be the legacy of the survival of love.

"What will survive of us is love." It may seem odd to begin such a reflection with a quote from a confirmed atheist, the English poet Philip Larkin, but there is something striking about the precision and universality of this line that has remained for all catechists.

The role of the catechist begins, of course, at Baptism as we receive our commission to go and bear witness, and continues throughout life as we endeavor to teach, to guide, to explain and, indeed, to provoke young (and not so young) minds into thought and reflection. We catechists are in a privileged and unusual position in that as we teach the student, so too do we continue to learn; as we preach, so too do we remind ourselves of our obligations and responsibilities.

So when we teach we must remember doctrine, we must discuss tradition, we must engender a respect for Scripture, but above all we must love. We must love because that is what we have been taught to do by our beloved Lord. The Gospels overflow with love. The Sermon on the Mount inspires us with love. The 'New Commandment' compels us to love.

Therefore let our earthly legacy be love. We will be remembered primarily, not for what we have taught, or achieved, but how we love and help others encounter God. What will survive us? What will be our legacy? Let us always be love. Love is the presence of God among us, which transforms our being and our very life, which makes all the difference.

Love one another dear children for God loves us so much; nothing compares to His love among us. It is love that heals and gives new life. Love is eternal life. Let us pray for the "survival of love" which is love and mercy itself now and for all eternity. Amen

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September 8, 2015, 8:58 pm

The Survival of Love

Washington, DC - During this time of turbulence and strife, we must remember that our legacy to times past, present and future must be the legacy of the survival of love.

"What will survive of us is love." It may seem odd to begin such a reflection with a quote from a confirmed atheist, the English poet Philip Larkin, but there is something striking about the precision and universality of this line that has remained for all catechists.

The role of the catechist begins, of course, at Baptism as we receive our commission to go and bear witness, and continues throughout life as we endeavor to teach, to guide, to explain and, indeed, to provoke young (and not so young) minds into thought and reflection. We catechists are in a privileged and unusual position in that as we teach the student, so too do we continue to learn; as we preach, so too do we remind ourselves of our obligations and responsibilities.

So when we teach we must remember doctrine, we must discuss tradition, we must engender a respect for Scripture, but above all we must love. We must love because that is what we have been taught to do by our beloved Lord. The Gospels overflow with love. The Sermon on the Mount inspires us with love. The 'New Commandment' compels us to love.

Therefore let our earthly legacy be love. We will be remembered primarily, not for what we have taught, or achieved, but how we love and help others encounter God. What will survive us? What will be our legacy? Let us always be love. Love is the presence of God among us, which transforms our being and our very life, which makes all the difference.

Love one another dear children for God loves us so much; nothing compares to His love among us. It is love that heals and gives new life. Love is eternal life. Let us pray for the "survival of love" which is love and mercy itself now and for all eternity. Amen

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September 2, 2015, 4:43 am

The World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation

The Vatican - Pope Francis celebrated Mass to mark the "First World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation". This special day of prayer also echo's the Pope's recent Encyclical "Laudato Si" which calls on all creation to pray for the care of God's holy work expressed by His miraculous creation. Pope Francis encourages everyone to be good stewards of creation by nurturing and reverencing all God has given us.

Let us pray for an increase in vigilance to protect, respect and thank God for all of God's creation. Let us love our God-given home and nurture all life and creation. To God let us be infinitely grateful.

Join us as we pray with the whole world for the care of creation. Following is Saint Francis' Canticle of the Sun for your meditation:

Prayer to Care for Creation

St. Francis's Canticle of the Sun

"O most High, almighty, good Lord God,
to you belong praise, glory, honor, and all blessing!

Praised be my Lord God with all creatures;
and especially our brother the sun,
which brings us the day, and the light;
fair is he, and shining with a very great splendor: O Lord, he signifies you to us!

Praised be my Lord for our sister the moon,
and for the stars, which God has set clear and lovely in heaven.

Praised be my Lord for our brother the wind,
and for air and cloud, calms and all weather,
by which you uphold in life all creatures.

Praised be my Lord for our sister water,
which is very serviceable to us,
and humble, and precious, and clean.

Praised be my Lord for brother fire,
through which you give us light in the darkness: and he is bright, and pleasant, and very mighty, and strong.

Praised be my Lord for our mother the Earth,
which sustains us and keeps us,
and yields divers fruits, and flowers of
many colors, and grass.

Praised be my Lord for all those who pardon
one another for God's love's sake,
and who endure weakness and tribulation;
blessed are they who peaceably shall endure,
for you, O most High, shall give them a crown!

Praised be my Lord for our sister,
the death of the body, from which no one escapes. Woe to him who dies in mortal sin!
Blessed are they who are found walking by your
most holy will, for the second death shall have no power to do them harm.

Praise you, and bless you the Lord,
and give thanks to God, and serve God
with great humility.

(St. Francis, 1182-1226)

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September 1, 2015, 12:52 am

A Safe and Productive School Year

Fort Wayne, Indiana - A car-pedestrian crash sent a Concordia Lutheran High School cross country runner to the hospital in critical condition.

The crash happened around 4:15 p.m. in the 2500 block of Spy Run Avenue as members of the cross country team were running along the River Greenway.

Let us pray for all students beginning a new school year:

May the Lord bless all students and their studies. Lord, bless them with your divine protection, deliverance, and intervention as well as your healing, wisdom and grace.

May they come to know you Lord more and more each day as they grow in their knowledge of their life long journey in God. Bless the teachers and mentors who instruct them and help them actualize their potential according to your providential plan. For an increase of faith, hope and charity for all, we pray. Amen

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