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WALKING THE SACRED JOURNEY THIS WEEK –  January 8, 2018

The Rosary In Our Day

Lord of our longing, we speak of your coming, born into time, of a woman in the flesh: a time of violence and oppression, of confusion and despair,  a time of antiquity.  And we speak of your coming again, clothed in glory, crowned a king at the end of days, in some unknown future.  But we are  children of the light.  And even in this season of prayer and waiting, we know of a third coming.  Of you born anew each day into the human heart, not in some epoch of the past or prophecy of the future.  But in the here and now even as we call out to you.  In cries and whispers, in song and tears, we speak your name and you are near: the embodiment of God’s love and mercy, born into the cradle within us, growing in us and walking among us, even in the darkest places.

Come, Lord Jesus.  Be born anew in us today and every day.

Our sacred journey during the Christmas Season is a reflection on the joyful mysteries of the Rosary.  You are invited to pray the meditations privately, with your local community, or with other people of faith.   In your prayer, accompany Mary and Joseph as they learn that Mary will bring the Son of God into the world.  Journey with them through Christ’s birth and his childhood.   The experience of the Holy Family is reflected in the stories of refugees who, like the Holy Family, live in the Middle East.  These reflections and personal accounts are excerpted from Catholic Relief Services bulletins.
Please offer your Rosary for the safety of refugee families around the world and for an end to the conflict and conditions that force people to flee their homes.

In The Word

For the Fifth Joyful Mystery, read aloud the text from Luke 2: 41-50
In Our Contemplation – Pray for the Fruit of the Spirit – Obedience
What Mary and Joseph experienced when they couldn’t find their son for three days is known all too well by refugee families around the world  who are separated from one another.

The Holy Family In Today’s World

When a bomb destroyed their home just a few months ago, the Basheer family fled Syria.  They had been hearing explosions and gunfire nearly every day.  Khaled, the father, recounts how frightened they were by the stories of how cruelly innocent people were killed and women and young girls raped.  They lived in fear of an attack by ISIS.  He and his wife and three children survived.  They lived in a tent outside  Aleppo after their home was bombed.  “Can you really say we were lucky”, he asks.

In Our Prayer

We pray for all refugee children, especially those separated from their parents or who have died on their journeys to safety.

In Our Action

Please respond to the alerts you receive during the week.  Plan to attend the conference on poverty that is described below

Together We Can End

Poverty and Hunger

An Interfaith, Multicultural

Celebration and Choir Concert

 

Marking the 50th Anniversary of

Dr. Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign

          And the 2018 New Poor People’s Campaign

 

          SUNDAY, JANUARY 14th 2018,

7:00-9:00PM

Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center

74 Hauppauge Road, Commack

 

Featuring Speakers: Cong. Thomas Suozzi and Tracey Edwards, Long Island Regional Director of the NAACP

Five Performing Choirs

Admission: No charge. Please bring a nutritious canned or boxed food donation for LI Cares 

Sponsored by Long Island Abraham’s Table

Center for Social and Human Understanding, Suffolk County Community College; Dix Hills Jewish Center Social Action Committee;  Islamic Center of Long Island; Long Island Council of Churches;

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal RC Church, Wyandanch;

Suffolk Board of Rabbis; Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center; Turkish Cultural

Peace Demonstration

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