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Crying Out to God in Prayer Day 3

Yesterday was the third day of the Vatican #PBC2019 Meeting for the Protection of Minors, in praying for the Church. Read Thursday’s prayer for those who were abused here, and Friday’s prayer for the friends and family of those who were abused.

Pray with today’s full guided audio reflection here, or simply join us in the prayer below:

My God,

I pause to invite stillness and silence into my heart.
I make room in my heart today to hold the one holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church; reaching back through 2000 years, calling to mind the first disciples, our salvation history, and our Church given to Peter.
I cry out to You on behalf of Your Church.

As the leaders of our Church gather again today at the Vatican, our heart cries out in prayer for them: the Pope, cardinals, bishops, priests, and religious. I pray that the Church leaders gathered be both vulnerable and courageous as they listen, learn, pray, and discern what actions must be taken.

I pray in confidence that You have not and will not abandon our global, universal Church. May the wounds and hurts be healed and may the Church be strengthened in its work of the Gospel and its diligent protection of our children.  

I cry out with Psalm 136 (1-4, 24-26):

Praise the LORD, for he is good

for his love endures forever;

Praise the God of gods;

for his love endures forever;

Praise the Lord of lords;

for his love endures forever;

Who alone has done great wonders;

for his love endures forever;

The Lord remembered us in our low estate,

for his love endures forever;

Freed us from our foes,

for his love endures forever;

And gives bread to all flesh,

for his love endures forever;

Praise the God of heaven,

for his love endures forever.

AMEN.

Listen to the full Day 3 audio reflection here.

Read about the Let Us Cry Together Series here.

Crying Out to God in Prayer

Good Afternoon,

Join us, on the second day of the Vatican #PBC2019 Meeting for the Protection of Minors, in praying for the family and friends of those who were abused. Read yesterday’s prayer for those who were abused here. Pray with today’s full guided audio reflection here or simply join us in the prayer below:

My God,
I pause to invite stillness and silence into my heart.
I make room in my heart today to hold the family and friends of those who have been abused by clergy.
I cry out to You on their behalf. 

As Church leaders gather again at the Vatican today, my heart cries out in angst for the reopening and deepening of the wounds of the family members and friends who have accompanied their loved ones through the sufferings caused by the abuse of a clergy member. 
I pray that the Church leaders gathered may also hold these families in their hearts as they listen, learn, pray, and discern what actions must be taken. 

I pray in confidence that You have not and will not abandon the family and friends of those who were abused. May the wounds and hurts of these families be healed and may they be made whole again.

  I cry out with Psalm 136 (1-4, 24-26):
  Praise the LORD, for he is good
    for his love endures forever;
  Praise the God of gods; 
    for his love endures forever;
  Praise the Lord of lords;
    for his love endures forever;
  Who alone has done great wonders;
   for his love endures forever;
  The Lord remembered us in our low estate,
    for his love endures forever;
  Freed us from our foes,
   for his love endures forever;
  And gives bread to all flesh,
    for his love endures forever;
  Praise the God of heaven,
    for his love endures forever.
                      AMEN.  


Listen to the full Day 2 audio reflection here
Read about the Let Us Cry Series here

In Peace and Prayer, 

Stephanie 

Crying Out to God in Prayer

Dear Friends,Today in Rome, the Vatican has started its four-day meeting on the sexual abuse scandal titled, “The Protection of Minors in the Church.” In similar fashion to a novena, we invite you to pray with us for each of the four days using the framework that Becky Eldredge and I created in our Let Us Cry Together series.

Like the four-day meeting, our series also has four parts, so we will be praying each of the four days for:Those Who Were AbusedThe Loved Ones of Those Who Were AbusedOur ChurchThe Body of Christ 

Pray With Us
Join us on the first day in praying for those who were abused. Pray with the full guided audio reflection here or simply join us in the prayer below:

My God,
I pause to invite stillness and silence into my heart.
I make room in my heart today to hold those who have been abused by clergy.
I cry out to You on their behalf. 

My heart cries out in angst for the reopening and deepening of the wounds of the abused as Church leaders gather at the Vatican today.
I pray that the leaders may also hold those abused in their hearts as they listen, learn, pray, and discern what actions must be taken. 

I pray in confidence that You have not and will not abandon those who have been abused. May they be filled with Your peace and be made whole again.

I cry out with Psalm 136 (1-4, 24-26):
  Praise the LORD, for he is good
    for his love endures forever;
  Praise the God of gods; 

    for his love endures forever;
  Praise the Lord of lords;
    
for his love endures forever;
  Who alone has done great wonders;
   
for his love endures forever;
  The Lord remembered us in our low estate,
    
for his love endures forever;
  Freed us from our foes,
   
for his love endures forever;
  And gives bread to all flesh,
    
for his love endures forever;
  Praise the God of heaven,
    
for his love endures forever.

AMEN. 
If you would like to continue to pray with us for the remainder of the meeting, please follow my social media, @speakingstephanie on Facebook, or Instagram. Read more about our Let Us Cry Together series here. Please know that I hold you in my prayers. 

Prayers, 
Stephanie

Anxiety and the Ignatian Way

Let’s start small. Those of us who are in consistent relationships with young people (parents, teachers, youth ministers, campus ministers, etc.) know that something has changed. Some current data shows that the young people of the iGen (short for i-Generation and sometimes called Generation Z),  a generation that has spent their lives connected to the smartphone, are hanging out with friends less, dating less, sleeping less, and feeling much more lonely.

What do these trends reveal about teens and their relationship with God?

Jean Twenge, PhD, noticed in her study that teens are more connected to their smart phones which is creating feelings of loneliness. Because iGen is engaging in less and less in-person time with one another, the trend toward depression has grown exponentially. More and more psychologists are seeking ways to help young people create patterns and practices that combat the loneliness and depression that presently engulfs iGen.

Within the well-equipped toolbox of Catholic spirituality and prayer, we are gifted with the work of a genius knight from the 15th century. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Spiritual Exercises, provides a tool for reconnecting to God and combating loneliness and depression for iGen. 

When we are able to notice the patterns of our lives and change the habits that bring us loneliness, we can more clearly remind ourselves of the God who created us, loves us, and walks with us daily.

But let’s start small.

First, let us remind not just our young people (iGen), but, ourselves that we are living, breathing humans with feelings, emotions, and desires! If you aren’t already doing a daily Examen, click here to start today. Notice the movements of God in your daily life. 

YOU must do the work! You cannot teach or model something that you do not practice.

Second, get in the practice of having your young people recapture their day by asking simple questions at the dinner table or in the car as you drive them from place to place:

What happened at school today?

How did you feel when that happened?

What were some of the good things that happened today?

What were some of the bad things that happened today?

How did that make you feel?

Explain more.

(Pro tips: Let them talk. Do not create the words for them. Silence is okay. Give them time to respond.)

Third, give them a tool to pray the Examen and journal how God is moving in their lives. See the tools below. 

Looking for more?

  • The Examen: Praying the Examen with Teens
  • There is an app for that! Look for the app written by Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ click here!
  • Or, order the book, Reimagining the Examen by Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ
  • Print out an Examen card here.
  • Look at this Ted Talk from Jean Twenge, PhD writer of the book Gen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy – and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood – and What That Means for the Rest of Us