Friday 5th Easter


A Pilgrim's Daily Prayer

Called through the Word to the everlasting journey in the Spirit

from nothingness to union with the One who is the Beginning and the End

 Giovanni di Paolo (1403-83): St. Catherine of Siena
Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts

 

Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter:                        One Word Spoken to All

Readings for Mass

First Reading: Acts 15:22-31
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 57:8-9, 10-12
Gospel: John 15:12-17


“I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father                    (NRSV, John 15:15b).”

Let us pray.

Father, in 14th century Siena there lived a simple, uneducated woman, a lay Dominican, named Catherine who dazzled the Catholic world with her understanding of divine truth and her writings.


Through the Word living within each human being, the very Word now made flesh in our Lord Jesus Christ, your truth is spoken to us once and for all in every moment. We are hindered from a full understanding of that truth by the temporal and spatial situation in which we find ourselves, by the amassed sin of the world which oppresses and distracts us, and by our own personal sinfulness.

St. Catherine is one of the great and holy people, like the prophets of old, who broke through the limitations which hold us down and came to a fuller grasp of the one Word spoken to us all in every time and place.

You speak your one Word to every one of us. May we be open to that word as was St. Catherine, and grow in it always as we also grow in the life that you share with us.

Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

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