Franciscan Renewal Center

Daily Prayer Break: Saturday, March 28, 2015

We invite you to take 3 minutes in prayer with us. Pause, Read, Reflect… 

Pause:

Take a moment to center yourself. Focus on your breath. As you breathe, call to mind the challenges of the past week — great or small. Think of the ones you overcame. Recognize God’s hand in the everyday.

Read:

Our Gospel today: JN 11:45-56

Many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what Jesus had done began to believe in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. So the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, “What are we going to do?  This man is performing many signs. If we leave him alone, all will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our land and our nation.” But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing, nor do you consider that it is better for you that one man should die instead of the people, so that the whole nation may not perish.” He did not say this on his own, but since he was high priest for that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not only for the nation, but also to gather into one the dispersed children of God. So from that day on they planned to kill him. So Jesus no longer walked about in public among the Jews, but he left for the region near the desert, to a town called Ephraim, and there he remained with his disciples. Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went up from the country to Jerusalem before Passover to purify themselves. They looked for Jesus and said to one another as they were in the temple area, “What do you think? That he will not come to the feast?”

Reflect:

  • What is God speaking to me about through this Gospel?
  • How do I respond when I am challenged?

Final prayer:

Lord my God, help me to never reject You, but instead, help me boldly stand with You, even in the face of persecution.

-Amen.

Even online, we are a community — a family — united through prayer. Thank you for taking this time to pray with us. Feel free to share your prayer requests, thoughts, insights and joyful thanksgivings with us by commenting on this post. Together, we support each other on our journey.

Daily Prayer Break: Friday, March 27, 2015

We invite you to take 3 minutes in prayer with us. Pause, Read, Reflect… 

Pause:

Take a moment to center yourself. Focus on your breath. As you breathe in, recount one by one the good things of the week, no matter how big or small, bring them all to mind and recognize them as gift — blessings from a God who loves you and calls you His beloved.

Read:

Our Gospel today: JN 10:31-42

The Jews picked up rocks to stone Jesus. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of these are you trying to stone me?” The Jews answered him, “We are not stoning you for a good work but for blasphemy. You, a man, are making yourself God.” Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, ‘You are gods”‘?  If it calls them gods to whom the word of God came, and Scripture cannot be set aside, can you say that the one whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world blasphemes because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?  If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me; but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may realize and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” Then they tried again to arrest him; but he escaped from their power. He went back across the Jordan to the place where John first baptized, and there he remained.  Many came to him and said, “John performed no sign, but everything John said about this man was true.” And many there began to believe in him.

Reflect:

  • What is God speaking to me about through this Gospel?
  • What “works” has Jesus worked in my life?

Final prayer:

Lord my God, help me see You, working in my life.

-Amen.

Even online, we are a community — a family — united through prayer. Thank you for taking this time to pray with us. Feel free to share your prayer requests, thoughts, insights and joyful thanksgivings with us by commenting on this post. Together, we support each other on our journey.

Daily Prayer Break: Thursday, March 26, 2015

We invite you to take 3 minutes in prayer with us. Pause, Read, Reflect… 

Pause:

Take a moment to center yourself. Focus on your breath. As you breathe in, invite God in — His love, His goodness and all the gifts He has given you this day. As you breathe out, allow your stress, struggles, worries, anxieties and all things not rooted in God’s love to leave your body with each breath. (Repeat as needed)

Read:

Our Gospel today: JN 8:51-59

Jesus said to the Jews: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever keeps my word will never see death.” So the Jews said to him, “Now we are sure that you are possessed. Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘Whoever keeps my word will never taste death.’ Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? Or the prophets, who died? Who do you make yourself out to be?”  Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is worth nothing; but it is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’ You do not know him, but I know him. And if I should say that I do not know him, I would be like you a liar. But I do know him and I keep his word. Abraham your father rejoiced to see my day; he saw it and was glad.” So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old and you have seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, before Abraham came to be, I AM.” So they picked up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid and went out of the temple area

Reflect:

  • What is God speaking to me about through this Gospel?
  • Do I believe in and keep the words of Jesus?

Final prayer:

Lord my God, help me glorify You in all I do.

-Amen.

Even online, we are a community — a family — united through prayer. Thank you for taking this time to pray with us. Feel free to share your prayer requests, thoughts, insights and joyful thanksgivings with us by commenting on this post. Together, we support each other on our journey.

Daily Prayer Break: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 (The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord)

We invite you to take 3 minutes in prayer with us. Pause, Read, Reflect… 

Pause:

Take a moment to center yourself. Focus on your breath. As you breathe in, repeat the prayer, “Jesus I trust in You.” Allow the prayer to center yourself around God’s love — a love that is living, working, moving, and guiding us in all we do, every moment of every day.

Read:

Our Gospel today: LK 1:26-38

The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his Kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.” Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

Reflect:

  • What is God speaking to me about through this Gospel?
  • How can I better say, “Yes” to God?

Final prayer:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the…

-Amen.

Even online, we are a community — a family — united through prayer. Thank you for taking this time to pray with us. Feel free to share your prayer requests, thoughts, insights and joyful thanksgivings with us by commenting on this post. Together, we support each other on our journey.

Daily Prayer Break: Tuesday, March 24, 2015

We invite you to take 3 minutes in prayer with us. Pause, Read, Reflect… 

Pause:

Take a moment to center yourself. Focus on your breath. As you breathe in, invite God in — His love, His goodness — and repeat the phrase, “I am beloved” — realizing with every breath God’s incredible love for you.

Read:

Our Gospel today: JN 8:21-30

Jesus said to the Pharisees: “I am going away and you will look for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going you cannot come.” So the Jews said, “He is not going to kill himself, is he, because he said, ‘Where I am going you cannot come’?” He said to them, “You belong to what is below, I belong to what is above. You belong to this world, but I do not belong to this world. That is why I told you that you will die in your sins. For if you do not believe that I AM, you will die in your sins.” So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus said to them, “What I told you from the beginning. I have much to say about you in condemnation. But the one who sent me is true, and what I heard from him I tell the world.” They did not realize that he was speaking to them of the Father. So Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I AM, and that I do nothing on my own, but I say only what the Father taught me. The one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, because I always do what is pleasing to him.” Because he spoke this way, many came to believe in him.

Reflect:

  • What is God speaking to me about through this Gospel?
  • To what do I belong?

Final prayer:

Lord my God, I belong to You.

-Amen.

Even online, we are a community — a family — united through prayer. Thank you for taking this time to pray with us. Feel free to share your prayer requests, thoughts, insights and joyful thanksgivings with us by commenting on this post. Together, we support each other on our journey.

Daily Prayer Break: Monday, March 23, 2015

We invite you to take 3 minutes in prayer with us. Pause, Read, Reflect… 

Pause:

Take a moment to center yourself. Focus on your breath. As you breathe in, invite God in — His love, His goodness and all the gifts He has given you this day. As you breathe out, allow your stress, struggles, worries, anxieties and all things not rooted in God’s love to leave your body with each breath. (Repeat as needed)

Read:

Our Gospel today: JN 8:1-11

Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple area, and all the people started coming to him, and he sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle. They said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger. But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders. So he was left alone with the woman before him. Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She replied, “No one, sir.” Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”

Reflect:

  • What is God speaking to me about through this Gospel?
  • Do I believe God’s mercy extends to me?
  • Do I extend God’s mercy to others?

Final prayer:

Lord my God, thank You for your mercy. May I show mercy to others as You have shown it to me.

-Amen.

Even online, we are a community — a family — united through prayer. Thank you for taking this time to pray with us. Feel free to share your prayer requests, thoughts, insights and joyful thanksgivings with us by commenting on this post. Together, we support each other on our journey.

Daily Prayer Break: Saturday, March 21, 2015

We invite you to take 3 minutes in prayer with us. Pause, Read, Reflect… 

Pause:

Take a moment to center yourself. Focus on your breath. As you breathe, call to mind the challenges of the past week — great or small. Think of the ones you overcame. Recognize God’s hand in the everyday.

Read:

Our Gospel today: JN 7:40-53

Some in the crowd who heard these words of Jesus said, “This is truly the Prophet.” Others said, “This is the Christ.” But others said, “The Christ will not come from Galilee, will he? Does not Scripture say that the Christ will be of David’s family and come from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?” So a division occurred in the crowd because of him. Some of them even wanted to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him. So the guards went to the chief priests and Pharisees, who asked them, “Why did you not bring him?” The guards answered, “Never before has anyone spoken like this man.” So the Pharisees answered them, “Have you also been deceived? Have any of the authorities or the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, which does not know the law, is accursed.” Nicodemus, one of their members who had come to him earlier, said to them, “Does our law condemn a man before it first hears him and finds out what he is doing?” They answered and said to him, “You are not from Galilee also, are you? Look and see that no prophet arises from Galilee.” Then each went to his own house.

Reflect:

  • What is God speaking to me about through this Gospel?
  • Do I dismiss good messages because of where they come from?

Final prayer:

Lord my God, help me hear Your message.

-Amen.

Even online, we are a community — a family — united through prayer. Thank you for taking this time to pray with us. Feel free to share your prayer requests, thoughts, insights and joyful thanksgivings with us by commenting on this post. Together, we support each other on our journey.

Daily Prayer Break: Friday, March 20, 2015

We invite you to take 3 minutes in prayer with us. Pause, Read, Reflect… 

Pause:

Take a moment to center yourself. Focus on your breath. As you breathe in, recount one by one the good things of the week, no matter how big or small, bring them all to mind and recognize them as gift — blessings from a God who loves you and calls you His beloved.

Read:

Our Gospel today: JN 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

Jesus moved about within Galilee; he did not wish to travel in Judea, because the Jews were trying to kill him. But the Jewish feast of Tabernacles was near. But when his brothers had gone up to the feast, he himself also went up, not openly but as it were in secret. Some of the inhabitants of Jerusalem said, “Is he not the one they are trying to kill? And look, he is speaking openly and they say nothing to him. Could the authorities have realized that he is the Christ? But we know where he is from. When the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from.” So Jesus cried out in the temple area as he was teaching and said, “You know me and also know where I am from. Yet I did not come on my own, but the one who sent me, whom you do not know, is true. I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.” So they tried to arrest him, but no one laid a hand upon him, because his hour had not yet come.

Reflect:

  • What is God speaking to me about through this Gospel?
  • Where is God calling me to be bold?

Final prayer:

Lord my God, give me a bold faith.

-Amen.

Even online, we are a community — a family — united through prayer. Thank you for taking this time to pray with us. Feel free to share your prayer requests, thoughts, insights and joyful thanksgivings with us by commenting on this post. Together, we support each other on our journey.

Daily Prayer Break: Thursday, March 19, 2015 (Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary)

We invite you to take 3 minutes in prayer with us. Pause, Read, Reflect…

Pause:

Take a moment to center yourself. Focus on your breath. As you breathe in, invite God in — His love, His goodness and all the gifts He has given you this day. As you breathe out, allow your stress, struggles, worries, anxieties and all things not rooted in God’s love to leave your body with each breath. (Repeat as needed)

Read:

Our Gospel today: MT 1:16, 18-21, 24A

Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ. Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.

Reflect:

  • What is God speaking to me about through this Gospel?
  • When was the last time that God changed my mind?
  • How I have recently exhibited trust and courage as St. Joseph did.

Final prayer:

Saint Joseph, pray for us.

-Amen.

Even online, we are a community — a family — united through prayer. Thank you for taking this time to pray with us. Feel free to share your prayer requests, thoughts, insights and joyful thanksgivings with us by commenting on this post. Together, we support each other on our journey.

Daily Prayer Break: Wednesday, March 18, 2015

We invite you to take 3 minutes in prayer with us. Pause, Read, Reflect… 

Pause:

Take a moment to center yourself. Focus on your breath. As you breathe in, repeat the prayer, “Jesus I trust in You.” Allow the prayer to center yourself around God’s love — a love that is living, working, moving, and guiding us in all we do, every moment of every day.

Read:

Our Gospel today: JN 5:17-30

Jesus answered the Jews: “My Father is at work until now, so I am at work.” For this reason they tried all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the Sabbath but he also called God his own father, making himself equal to God. Jesus answered and said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, the Son cannot do anything on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing; for what he does, the Son will do also. For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything that he himself does, and he will show him greater works than these, so that you may be amazed. For just as the Father raises the dead and gives life, so also does the Son give life to whomever he wishes. Nor does the Father judge anyone, but he has given all judgment to the Son, so that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life and will not come to condemnation, but has passed from death to life. Amen, amen, I say to you, the hour is coming and is now here when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For just as the Father has life in himself, so also he gave to the Son the possession of life in himself. And he gave him power to exercise judgment, because he is the Son of Man. Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and will come out, those who have done good deeds to the resurrection of life, but those who have done wicked deeds to the resurrection of condemnation. “I cannot do anything on my own; I judge as I hear, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the one who sent me.”

Reflect:

  • What is God speaking to me about through this Gospel?
  • During this past week or month, what is one example of how I heard Jesus and followed His way.

Final prayer:

God my father, thank You for the gift of Your son, and for setting Your Spirit within me.

-Amen.

Even online, we are a community — a family — united through prayer. Thank you for taking this time to pray with us. Feel free to share your prayer requests, thoughts, insights and joyful thanksgivings with us by commenting on this post. Together, we support each other on our journey.

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