Today’s Blessing Prayer: Monday greetings and blessings to all. I hope this finds you well and enjoying this Thursday morning in the midst of our journey between Christmas and New Year’s. It is a bitterly cold day here in the northeast hopefully wherever you are it is a little warmer. Whatever this day is for you I hope above all it is a good one.
In a couple of hours, I will be heading to Queens Village, NY to celebrate the funeral of a very dear friend, Alice Zentgraf. I knew Alice for over thirty years. She was a very faith filled woman. I will miss her, but I am honored to celebrate her funeral mass. Please keep Alice and her family in your prayers today.
Today we celebrate the feast of the Holy Innocents and so our focus is on children. May our blessing today not only be upon us but also upon all children especially those who are most vulnerable, those just conceived, those in their mother’s womb and those who have just come into the world…Loving Jesus, through the spirits of the Holy Innocents, we ask your blessing upon us and upon all your children especially those in most need of your blessing this day.
You once embraced the little children who came to you, and said: "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these!" Look now with loving eyes on the innocence of all your children and those who love them, and bless us all this day that we may never forget the gift of life, the gift of children and their closeness to you.
Jesus in your grace and goodness let us live life continually, longing for you and loving you. Then we will surely come to our eternal home, through you, our Savior. Who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen! Blessings upon all children, upon all mothers and fathers and upon all of us today and always. Peace in Christ’s Passion…Fr. Paul