Time online: Friday 1 May 2020
- In a letter of the Holy Father to the faithful for the month of May, Pope Francis proposes two prayers which might be added to the recitation of the Rosary this May.
- Brendan Comerford SJ wrote a brief description of Lectio Divina some weeks ago. A former visiting director at Manresa, Richard Shorthall SJ, offers a guide to praying during the COVID–19 lockdown using a Lectio form.
- The Pope’s Intentions for May are published with an accompanying video by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network. This month, Pope Francis asks for prayer for deacons.
- Encouraging stories from around the globe as we live our faith in the reality of Covid 19 are publihsed at the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat. While we might be challenged by the reality of our Stay at Home restrictions, JRS has some challenging statistics on the reality of displacement
- Pope Francis invites us to participate with him in celebrating Laudato Si Week - praying that we might listen and respond to the cry of the poor and to the cry of our earth.
- A guide to understanding the Pope’s letter on the Amazon - Querida Amazonia - will help individual or small group reflection on themes in the document.
- Good Shepherd Sunday draws our attention to vocations. Pope Francis reflects, in his letter for the day, on four words - pain, gratitude, encouragement and praise - that can guide our reflection. This may be a time to visit some vocation sites, with thier focus on marriage, religious life, diocesan priesthood and, from Jesuit.ie, hear Gerry Clarke, Niall Leahy and the late Michael Paul Gallagher discuss their understanding of vocation with Pat Coyle.
- Easter helps us to remember that baptism is our shared call, expressed in diverse ways to bring glory to God.