As we conclude The Year of Mercy, proclaimed by Pope Francis to be celebrated around the world, from Tuesday, December 8, 2015 through Sunday, November 20, 2016 it is more than fitting to take the last 40 days to reflect and pray. For those connected to Good Counsel, whether staff, volunteer, friend, or supporter, these 40 days give us an opportunity to reflect in some very special ways about how merciful God is in bringing each of us into this world and how He encourages all of us to show mercy, love, and care to all whom we meet.
Similar to our popular Lenten and Advent offerings, this series will draw daily inspiration from a variety of sources, including scripture and the writings of Pope Francis, and offer a reflection and prayer for each of the 40 days leading up to the closing of this Jubilee Year of Mercy. Our hope is for the entire Good Counsel family to be awash in mercy in these 40 days and thereafter.
Here’s a sneak peek at the reflection for All Saints Day…
Day 21: Tuesday, November 1: The saints are like the stars. In his providence, Christ conceals them in a hidden place that they may not shine before others when they might wish to do so. Yet, they are always ready to exchange the quiet of contemplation for the works of mercy as soon as they perceive in their heart the invitation of Christ. (Saint Anthony of Padua)
Reflection for Today: On this All Saints Day we remember all those who went before us, canonized or not, who lived a heroic life. God calls all of us to be saints and to practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Is there a particular work of mercy you have difficulty with? Is it visiting the sick or those in prison? Perhaps you can assist others who are doing the task. “I’m afraid of visiting prisons,” one Good Counsel employee admitted. “But, when a co- worker told me they needed time off to do a prison ministry retreat, I worked for them. It was one way I could help prisoners being visited.”
Prayer for Today: Dear Lord, You know my gifts and abilities. Help me to be more outreaching to those who can benefit from me; the sick, the homeless, the imprisoned, the mentally ill, the disabled, the poor, the disenfranchised, the abused, the lonely, the displaced, the unemployed, the illiterate, the misunderstood, the abandoned, and all who will die today, especially if they are alone. Help me to be one of your saints in order to show them Your mercy. Amen.
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