Faith – Father, I Abandon Myself

Small red coloured Cross

Father, I abandon myself into Your hands;
Do with me whatever You will.
Whatever You may do, I thank You.
I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only Your will be done in me,
And in all Your creatures.
I wish no more than this, O Lord.
Into Your hands I commend my spirit;
I offer it to You, Lord,
and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into Your hands,
Without reserve and with boundless confidence,
For You are my Father. Amen.

••• Praying Is Living •••

9th February: St Apollonia

Featured Saint: St Apollonia (Died ca 249)

St Apollonia is one of many early Christian martyrs who died for the love of their faith; the love of God. She refused to renounce her beliefs despite knowing, that if not, her death would soon follow.

She was martyred at the time of the Roman Emperor Philip. It is said that, ‘an Alexandrian mob committed bloody outrages on Christians … and authorities made no effort to protect them.”

+In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen+

Divine Mercy PaintingShort Quote: Jesus healed many sick and as the news spread more flocked to him. “… they would place the sick in the marketplaces, and ask Jesus if they could just touch the edge of his cloak. All who touched, were healed”. (Mark 6:56)

Thoughts: St Apollonia didn’t measure wealth by earthly treasures, she chose to collect none, but devote her life to God.

Jesus healed the sick but most of all he wanted people to believe and live his message.

Private Reflection: Lord Jesus, faith in you is a great blessing, thank you.

PrayersFaith Prayer
Lord, let my faith be full and unreserved,
and let it penetrate my thoughts.

Lord, let my faith be joyful,
and give peace and gladness to my spirit.

Lord, let my faith be humble,
and let it surrender to the testimony of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

St Apollonia   Pray for Us

Today’s Music Suggestion: Lord, I lift your name on high.

+In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen+

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14th January: St Sava

Featured Saint: Saint Sava (1174-1235)

St Sava was the youngest son of a Serbian Grand Prince. He became a Monk and founded many Monasteries and Churches including, those on Mount Athos and Zica. He was the first Archbishop of the Serbs and remains one of their most important figureheads.

When St Sava moved to Greece, his father begged him to return home. His son’s response was “You have accomplished what a Christian sovereign should do; come now and join me in the true Christian life”. His father did join him, becoming a Monk, and together they continued their great work. His father was also canonised a Saint, St Simeon.

+In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of The Holy Spirit. Amen+

St SavaShort StoryJesus performed numerous miracles, partly to help strengthen our faith. Once he visited the home of Simon whose mother-in-law was sick with a fever. Jesus, “raised her up by gently taking her hand and the fever left her“. (Mark 1:31)

Thoughts: Through prayer and good works, our faith will remain solid, like that of the Apostles.

Private Reflection: Lord Jesus, you have sown the word of eternal life in our hearts that we may be faithful in your service. Grant that our hearts remain forever close to you, our God.

PrayerFaith Prayer by St Benedict
Gracious and Holy Father,
give us the wisdom to discover You,
the intelligence to understand You,
the diligence to seek after You,
the patience to wait for You,
eyes to behold You,
a heart to meditate upon You,
and a life to proclaim You,
through the power of the Spirit of Jesus, our Lord. Amen.

St Sava:   Pray for Us

Today’s Music Suggestion: You Raise Me Up (Westlife)

+In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of The Holy Spirit. Amen+

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