The Prayer Corner

Daily Prayer & Reflection

Our Franciscan Charism focus for this school year is: RESPECT/REVERENCE AND GRATITUDE

​To revere someone, or something, is to afford that person or thing more than just respect. The word reverence conveys a sense of treasuring with unquestioned esteem or awe. Reverence implies, by its nature, a sense of sacredness. Reverence reminds us that each and every one of us is created in God's own image and likeness. The opening of the Book of Genesis tells us this. We also need to appreciate that the phrases, 'God's image and likeness' and 'God saw that it was good,' were spoken by God on each day of creation, including our source of life and well being - our Mother Earth - as well as our own creation. Our responsibility is not to dominate by destroying, abusing, or making extinct any part of the delicate balance of this world in which we live, but to steward and care all creatures, human and animal, as well as all aspects of nature that sustain our human existence from day to day. We live our calling when, as children of God and God's world, we foster this reverence toward one another and toward our earth. How we are responding to this call to reverence for one another and our world is a question each and every one of us must answer with our voice and our actions each and every day. We strive to move forward together with this sense of reverence for one another and for our earth as we live our daily lives, consciously choosing to treat one another as we would like to be treated, both here at TCHS and beyond. We strive to make good decisions when affecting the world in which we live as well. 

May God bless all of us as we share this journey together.
The season of Advent suggests four different themes: anticipation ⏤ hope ⏤ patience ⏤ obedience.  This year, we celebrate the longest possible Advent with four full weeks of preparation and can try to see each of these themes as the weeks unfold.
 
Even though we begin with anticipation, something read this morning suggested the idea of listening and considering things over speaking.  Why not take time in our lives to approach the day differently?  this is a season, in the darkest days of the year, to look for light ⏤ to become a beacon of promise ourselves, in our world.
 
Another suggestion as we start this Advent journey is to try to imitate the Christ Child rather than the adult Jesus. To really love is to allow ourselves to be vulnerable ⏤ it is only in vulnerability and risk, not safety and security, that darkness is overcome. This approach seems supported by two well-known peacemakers of our times.
 
Love is to serve without the need for reward,
to suffer without the need for retaliation,
to reconcile without the need for domination.
⏤ R. Rohr
All great world religions see LOVE as the most creative force in the universe. Unless love is central in our lives we will never be prepared for the confrontations, small and large, that will come to us in our lives. Love is about life and really living not about power and aggression.
⏤ MLK and Angel Kyodo Williams
What more powerful image than a newborn, helpless infant, dependent for everything to survive in our world? As our Church begins its new liturgical year may we begin a new approach to imitating Jesus, becoming peacemakers in this world, suffering and searching for answers. Come, Lord Jesus, come!

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Intentions

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Prayers have been requested for/by two members of our student body.  One of our students has a family member who is having serious surgery on Monday, the 28th, and would request our thoughts and prayers.  Another student is having surgery herself on Wednesday, December 7 and we would like to include her in our thoughts and prayers. We hope and pray for both young ladies to experience every success and recover quickly and fully.  Our TCHS community is with you.
 
Prayers have been requested for Nicole, a young woman of 29, ready to plan her wedding, who has just been diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. Friends and family have asked for our prayers as they all begin this journey and we include all in our thoughts and prayers.

We remember all who are ill and suffering in mind or body and all of those who have asked our prayers for friends and loved ones.  We also include care givers and those who care for the sick every day.

We remember in our prayers a gentleman facing medical issues in the next few weeks and ask for strength for him and for his wife as they move forward together.
We pray daily for all children who do not have stable and loving families and homes where they are safe and loved. We ask God to be there for them in their needs.
Prayers have been requested for family members of two TCHS faculty members recovering from illness and hospitalization. May God strengthen them and help them in their return to good health.

The family of one of our students has requested prayers for a chronic health condition that requires daily attention and effort in the midst of the normal school day for this student.  Please remember the family and friends of this student, too, as we pray for recovery/remission from this current health issue.

Prayers have been requested by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for the repose of the soul of Sister St. Joseph Brennion OSF who went home to God on Saturday, October 8, 2022. Sister St. Joseph was the school nurse in the 1960's here at TCHS and returned several years later as the school's Art teacher. Sister was a professed member of the Congregation for 71 years and had been in residence at Assisi House in Aston, PA.

Prayers have been requested for the treatment and recovery of John Andrykis who will be beginning radiation treatment for cancer in the coming weeks. His family is most appreciative of our support.

We have been including Father Joe Luca, a diocesan priest here in Baltimore, in our prayers for the sick. Fr. Luca went home to God this past weekend and we now include him in our prayers for the recently deceased, along with his family and friends who mourn his loss.

Please include in your prayers the grandpa of six little boys who is having a lung biopsy on Thursday, 9/29. We ask for prayers for him and the family in facing the test and results.

Prayers have been requested for a member of the Langhorne, PA, Companion Group of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia who died last week. We are remembering Abdul Majeed Khan, who has died, and his wife, Shahnaz, and their children in our prayers and ask for God's comfort and peace for them.

Prayers are requested for Mrs. Lynn Brose who is suffering from Parkinson's disease. She has been experiencing many complications and her family is asking for prayers.
Several people have requested prayers for family members and friends who are currently suffering from many different forms of cancer. Please remember all who suffer from this disease and ask God's support and healing for its victims and for their family members.

Prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Mary Alison Dew, sister of Sister Joan Dew, OSF, a TCHS graduate. The TCHS community offers its condolences to Sister Joan and all the family.
The family and friends of Larry Vaught have requested prayers for his recovery from a serious illness and infection. Larry has had many health issues in the last year and needs many positive thoughts and prayers, thank you.

Prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Patricia Cooney who has died following serious heart surgery. The TCHS community remembers her and extends to her seven daughters and their families our deepest condolences.

Prayers have been requested for Mrs. Ronnie Feldman, an alumna, who is ill.
Please remember in your prayers both a niece and a cousin of Sister Maria de Guadalupe, OSF.  They lived in Puerto Rico and were struck by lightning and killed over the past weekend. We send our condolences to Sister Guadalupe and her entire family on this tragic loss of life.

Prayers have been requested for Rachel, a young woman who is serious ill with a chronic disease, that is having a serious surgery on September 8th. Let us keep Rachel and her family in our prayers for her and for her doctors.

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Resources

Center for Action and Contemplation - author Richard Rohr, Franciscan priest, several options, of the most popular is daily reflections with weekly themes, several books available and other subtopics

Gratefulness.org -  thoughts for the day, various sources

On Being Project - several options including poetry, essay, photos, Krista Tippett shares weekly

Laudate - broad, general resource/reference for all kinds of religious needs, information bank

The God Minute - daily ten-minute prayer/reflection each day

National Catholic Reporter - daily Catholic press articles, including Earthbeat, other topical sources

Take 5 For Faith - brief, prayerful reflection each day

Daily Readings - liturgical references to daily masses

Missio.org - Pope Francis' COVID-19 Emergency Solidarity Fund

The Word Among Us - daily meditations, reflections, and print materials

Insight Timer - free, daily meditation app

CatholicMom.com - daily prayer reflections

Heart of the Nation - Catholic Mass online, prayers


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