St Mary Star of the Sea

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Blessing For Our Home

We resolve to allow this trust in God and in God’s blessing to allay fear, to dispel hopelessness, to curtail despair. Knowing that all we shall do and say and attempt and become in the year ahead will lie securely under God’s loving benediction.

Perhaps we can resolve as well to bless our own as we go forth from this blessed assembly and return to our homes, our workplaces and our daily lives. Perhaps we who are renewed in the blessings of God can try once again to be blessings for one another.

To that end and with the able inspiration afforded us by Fr Edward Hays, a current spiritual writer, we might pray the following words of blessing in our homes and over those we love as family and friends.


Lord our God, You whose home is in heaven and on earth and in that undiscovered beyond, come and bless this house which is our home.

Surround this shelter with your Holy Spirit.
Encompass all its sides with the power of your protection so that no evil or harm will come near.
May that divine blessing shield this home from destruction, storm, sickness and all that might bring evil to us who live within these walls.

The prayer proceeds to bless each room in the house. You want to prinkle holy water in each of the rooms being blessed so that all the home is sanctuary of God’s peace. It concludes with these words dedicating our homes to hospitality.

May our door always be open to those in need, the neighbour as well as the stranger.
May all who come to us find our door and our hearts open to them and their needs.
May god’s holy presence shine forth here and bless all who live here and all who come to our door.

Amen


Msgr Joe Shiels


There is indeed something sacred about the ordinary. The ordinary of our day comes with peace and natural cadence. It opens our minds to quiet and comforting thoughts. The ordinary creates calm in a world which bombards us in chaos, confusion and drama through the extraordinary speed and reach of social media.

I would challenge you, as Msg Shiels has, to embrace the ordinary and recognize the peacefulness and comfort that comes with it. Find time in the ordinary to focus your thoughts in prayer and on God. Little prayers throughout your day: Please, God, let me listen better today. Please, God, help me make this a wonderful meal. Please, God, help me to know what to say.

God doesn’t just listen when we are at Church or kneeling by our beds. God listens all day long – and into our nights. Find the sacred in your ordinary. Look for God, talk to God – share your ordinary with God. And use the ordinary of your day to give as God asks, listen as God wants, and love as God does.

There is indeed something sacred about the ordinary.

Father Neil




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