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Pope Francis to lead Prayer for Peace in South Sudan and DRC

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis is to preside over a Prayer for Peace in South Sudan and in the Democratic Republic of Congo on November 23rd in St. Peter’s Basilica at 5.30pm Rome time.

Solidarity with South Sudan” in association with the Justice and Peace office of religious organizations worldwide, has organized the Prayer and confirmed that when Pope Francis heard of the initiative he made it known that he wanted to be personally involved. 

Christians across the world are invited to pray together on that day and time for Peace in the world, and above all in South Sudan and in DRC, two conflict ravaged nations in which millions of displaced people are suffering the effects of terrible humanitarian crises.

Sr. Yudith Pereira Rico, the Associate Executive Director of Solidarity in Rome, told journalists that the main thing people ask her to do when she travels to South Sudan, is to tell the world what is happening in their country.

The world’s newest country spiraled into civil war in late 2013, two years after gaining independence from Sudan, causing one fourth of the 15 million-strong population to flee their homes.

Sister Yudith described the continuing violence and abuse taking place in South Sudan as “Silent Genocide”.

She told Linda Bordoni what it means for the suffering people of South Sudan to know that the Pope and Christians across the world are praying for them:


Sister Yudith said that for them, to know that people outside of South Sudan, in Rome, and in other places are praying for them, is to know that “we have the world with us”.

“For them it a source of strength and hope for the future to feel that they are not alone, and this is important because otherwise where can they find the courage to resist what they are enduring now as refugees, victims…” she said.

And highlighting the many abuses the most vulnerable people are enduring including the use of rape as a weapon of war, Sr Yudith said “to know that people are talking about this means that they too, as human beings count”.

“They feel they don’t count for anybody: for politicians they don’t count, they don’t exist – they are only fighting for power and for money.”

She says most people don’t even know where South Sudan is or the fact that it is the newt country.

To acknowledge and to pray for them, she said, is to give them dignity and saying “we are with you”.

She said that notwithstanding the terrible events that caused the new nation to disintegrate into conflict the people still want to be one.

She explained that they came from 20 years of war, they did not have a national identity, and while the warmongers are vying for power and control the new generations, the women and all ordinary people are convinced they can all live together peacefully.

Sr Yudith also spoke of Pope Francis’ interest in the nation and of how it has positively impacted the desire to set in motion some kind of peace process.

“He is waiting for them to begin something so he can come and lend his support, but they have to begin…” she said.

(from Vatican Radio)

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General Audience: Holy Mass is the prayer "par excellence"

Reading: Luke 11,1-4

[1] He was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.” [2]He said to them, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. [3] Give us each day our daily bread [4] and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test.”

(Vatican Radio) At his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis resumed his catechesis on the Holy Mass.

The Mass, the Pope said, is prayer – or rather, it is “the prayer par excellence, the highest, the most sublime, and at the same time, the most ‘concrete’ … it is an encounter with the Lord.”

“But what is prayer, really?” Pope Francis asked. “it is first of all dialogue, a relationship with God.” Man, he continued, “was created as a being in personal relationship with God, who finds his full realization only in the encounter with His Creator.”

God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – is Himself “a perfect relationship of love that is unity.” Because we are created in “the image and likeness of God,” we too are called to enter into a perfect relationship of love. And it is the Mass, the Eucharist, that is “the privileged moment to be with Christ, and, through Him, with God and with our brothers.”

But dialogue also means knowing how to remain silent, in the presence of the other. The Holy Father emphasized the importance of moments of silence when we go to Mass – the liturgy, he said, is not a time for chatting, but a time to recollect ourselves, to prepare our hearts for the encounter with Jesus.

Jesus Himself often went off to “a place apart” in order to pray; and His disciples, seeing His intimate relationship with the Father, asked Him how to pray. “Jesus says that the first thing necessary for prayer” is to be able to call God “Father.” Pope Francis said, “If I cannot say ‘Father’ to God, I can’t pray. We have to learn to say ‘Father,’ that is, to put ourselves into His presence with filial confidence.”

In this sense, he continued, we must be like children, able to entrust ourselves entirely to God, as children do with their parents. And, like children, we must also have a sense of wonder, we must “allow ourselves to be surprised.” When we speak to God in prayer, the Pope said, it is not talking to God “like parrots.” Instead it means “entrusting ourselves and opening our hearts to allow ourselves to wonder.” The encounter with God in Mass, he said, “is always a living encounter, it is not a meeting in a museum.”

Pope Francis recalled the Gospel account of Nicodemus’ meeting with Jesus. In their encounter, Jesus spoke about the need to be born again. But how is this possible, the Pope asked? “This is a fundamental question of our faith,” he said, “and this is the desire of every true believer: the desire to be reborn, the joy of beginning anew.” Pope Francis asked his audience, “Do we have this desire? Does each one of us have the desire to always be reborn in order to encounter the Lord? Do you have this desire?”

In fact, the Pope concluded, “the Lord surprises us by showing us that He loves us even in our weakness.” In the Mass, in our encounter with Jesus, “the Lord encounters our fragility in order to bring us back to our first calling: that of being in the image and likeness of God.” This, Pope Francis said, “is the environment of the Eucharist, this is the prayer.”

(from Vatican Radio)

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Essential Catholic Home Library Bundle 1

Essential Catholic Home Library Bundle 1-Prayer; Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word; Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer Bundle

From: Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J., Editor
To: All our readers
Re: your Essential Catholic Library
From our beginning in 1978, Ignatius Press has been publishing Catholic books we believe will have lasting value. (That’s one reason why we Smyth-sew even our paperbacks and use acid-free paper that will last seven centuries—or more with good care!) In fact most of our titles from those years and the years in between are still in print.
We’d like to help you create or expand your Essential Catholic Library by offering with each new catalogue or flyer a “bundle of books” at a huge discount . In fact, we’ll offer this bundle at the prices we would have assigned in 1986. (That works out to a 42% discount! )
We’re starting by offering following three classics on prayer:
From 1986 : Prayer by Fr. Hans Urs von Balthasar. As we said then, it is “perhaps the best and most comprehensive book on prayer ever written”. (Today’s price: $18.95. 1986 pricing: $10.95 )
From 1996 : Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word: Meditations on the Gospel of St. Matthew by Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis (now Fr. Simeon, OCSO). Perfect for Bible study and personal prayer. Meditations worthy of the Fathers of the Church, making the Gospel come alive. (Today’s price: $31.95. 1986 pricing: $17.95 )
From 2006 : Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer by Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M. Practical help to develop a life of prayer, by a gifted retreat master and spiritual director. (Today’s price $12.95. 1986 pricing $7.95 )

Format: Paperback

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Las Vegas Churches Launch Prayer Movement for Shooting Victims: 'Jesus is the Only One Who Can Heal'

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'It Starts With God': Scalise Returns to Capitol, Testifies About God, Prayer & Miracles

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Rose Publishing

Software-Lords Prayer-Powerpoint – Rose Publishing

This ready-to-use PowerPoint presentation gives a fantastic in-depth look at the The Lord’s Prayer (The Model Prayer).
This is the best-known prayer in the Bible and is important because Jesus told his disciples to pray in this manner. Praying the Lord’s Prayer and knowing the main parts of the prayer will enrich your prayer life and will help keep priorities in the right order.

More than 50 slides with illustrations.

Macintosh and PC compatible.

System requirements:
To run these versions of PowerPoint® presentations, you must have Microsoft PowerPoint® 2001 or higher already installed on your computer (this CD does not come with the PowerPoint® application) and Adobe Acrobat® Reader 4.0 or higher (if you wish to print out the handouts), as well as –
Minimum for PCs: Pentium III or better, Windows 98, 98 2nd ed., NT®4.0 with Service Pack 6, Millennium, or Windows Professional, a CD drive, 256-Color Monitor.
Minimum for Macintoshes: Mac OS 8.5 or higher; PowerPC,G3, or higher; a CD drive, 256-Color Monitor. This version of the presentation has been tested on U.S. computers only.

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Audio CD-Cry Out To Jesus: Songs Of Prayer & Hope – Various

During life’s most challenging moments, sometimes a song comes along that provides encouragement, an oasis, a prayer, and at times is what gets you through the day. Similarly, there are moments when a friend or family member needs to hear a message of hope and the right song can provide the needed strength to carry on. Cry Out To Jesus: Songs Of Prayer & Hope is a new collection of songs that have been a source of needed hope to millions of people in recent years. This collection includes 5 #1 radio songs and a stellar artist list including Casting Crowns, Third Day, Tenth Avenue North, Michael W. Smith, Brandon Heath, along with newer artists Rhett Walker Band and Anthem Lights. This is a perfect collection for personal enjoyment or a gift for a friend.

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ISBN: 123988 ISBN-13:  0083061095826 CPC: Contemporary / Pop

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Our Daily Bread

Audio CD-Our Daily Bread Hymns Of Prayer & Promise – Our Daily Bread

The Our Daily Bread series features soothing instrumental music to enhance your quiet moments with God. Hymns of Prayer and Promise includes two CDs with twenty-two songs, such as “Tis So Sweet,” “Near The Cross,” “Blessed Assurance,” and other timeless hymns and classic songs of faith.

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ISBN: 099786 ISBN-13:  0717336801828 CPC: Inspirational

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