Monthly Day of Continuous Prayer for Marriage & Family Life

Monthly Day of Continuous Prayer for Marriage & Family Life

9th May 2019

Proposed Theme: Children and Young People

Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) : Pope Francis

The questions I would put to parents are these: “Do you understand ‘where’ our children really are in their journey?” “Where is their soul, do we really know?” And, above all, “do we want to know?” (261)

The strengthening of the will and the repetition of specific actions are the building blocks of moral conduct; without the conscious, free, and valued repetition of certain patterns of good behaviour, moral education cannot take place. Mere desire, or an attraction to a certain value, is not enough to instill a virtue in the absence of those properly motivated acts. (266)

Raising children calls for an orderly process of handing on the faith. This is made difficult by current lifestyles, work schedules, and the complexity of today’s world, where many people keep up a frenetic pace just to survive. Even so, the home must continue to be the place where we learn to appreciate the meaning and beauty of the faith, to pray, and to serve our neighbour. (287)

Some thoughts:

· May, going into June, is a very special time for young people, it is exam time! It can be a time of anxiety and worry for many. It can be a time of relief for others. For those who are moving on to work or to Third Level Education it is the end of a long phase of their lives. So much depends on these few weeks that will have a huge effect on the rest of their lives.

· This is also a very special time for our schools. The work of the past year is now being tested, not just for the pupils, but for the teachers also. The reputation of the school is a factor that depends on how well the pupils will do.

· It can be a time of tension for parents and other members of the families of the young people too. So much of family life has to be lived around the young people who are doing the exams.

· It is a time where young people, parents and teachers, while wishing for the best results in exams, must keep things in perspective. Exams and results must not be seen as the ultimate goal in our young people’s lives.

· Generally the rest of the Community goes on as normal, not really affected by what is happening in the lives of these young people, their parents, and their teachers.

· May is also the month of Mary, the Mother of Christ and our Mother too. For us as Catholics this is a very significant reality

for all that we are and all that we can be. We at all times should want our young people to find Christ and to follow Him in whatever they may do in their lives. Mary can be a great intercessor for us.

A prayer for children and young people

God of love, we praise and thank you for the wonderful gift of life. Help us to cherish this gift in ourselves and in all whom we meet.

Bless all children that they may know the joy of being alive and that we may help them towards a great future. A future where they may know your saving grace, and where they may help to build your heavenly kingdom here on earth.

Bless all young women and men. Be with them through these years of change in their lives, as they move from childhood to adulthood, so that nothing may damage their joy and their hope.

Bless especially all those in our parish who are doing exams at this time. May they have every success, not just in their exams but also in their lives. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Mary Mother of Perpetual Help pray for us.

On the 9th day of each month, our parish of Dungannon prays for Marriage & Family Life. This is part of a Movement of Continuous Prayer for Marriage & Family Life, as other parishes and groups take on the prayer for the other days of the month.

To make this prayer continuous, many people in our parish have committed themselves to a specific hour of prayer in such a way so that as much of the whole day and night as possible are covered.

Everyone is invited to join in this prayer, either by taking on an hour, or by including this intention in their own prayer during that day.

If you would like to undertake an hour each month please contact the Parish Office (Tel 028 8772 6893) where a special Prayer Booklet is available to assist you with your Prayer. The hour that you choose is at your discretion and you can make this Prayer wherever you find it most suitable.

“The future of humanity passes by way of the family.” (Saint John Paul II)