Today’s Blessing Prayer: Friday greetings and blessings to all! In a couple of hours, I will be celebrating the closing mass of the retreat here at St. Joseph Retreat Center on Staten Island. I hope your Friday has started out well.
It seems like we just cannot get away from the negativity of life. The tragic events in Barcelona, Spain are all over the news. I pray for those who died or were injured. I pray for all who grieve today because of the loved ones and friends they lost. I pray for the people of Barcelona and all of Spain as they try to pick up the pieces. I pray for those who committed this terrible act that they will not only come to justice but somehow have a change of heart. I pray for protection for all of us from the evil that walks the earth these days. I pray in sadness for the innocense that we have lost. I pray in hope for God’s light to direct and guide us.
In the spirit of hope my prayer of blessing today is that God will bless your Friday with the richness of his presence, mercy, joy and peace. That God’s blessings will help your work day to go quickly, your vacation day to go slower, your travel day to go safely, and that whatever your day entails you may be blessed with good people, many smiles, much laughter and God’s love. Have a great Friday everyone. Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul