SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
In today’s first reading from the Acts of the Apostles (10:25 ff), we hear of Cornelius’ conversion. He was a great soldier in the Roman Army, who made an incredibly important decision in his life. It’s the story of God speaking to a man and the way that man responded.
Like Cornelius, let us put the past behind us, determined to live new lives as Christ’s disciples. And may the love of Christ present in us be operative in our lives.
During the month of May we may like to remind ourselves of this old prayer for the conversion of England:
O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,
and our most gentle queen and mother, look down in mercy upon England, your dowry, and upon us all who greatly hope and trust in you. By you it was that Jesus, our Saviour and our hope, was given to the world; and he has given you to us that we may hope still more.
Plead for us your children, whom you received and accepted at the foot of the cross, O mother of sorrows. Pray for our separated brethren, that in the one true fold of Christ, we may all be united under the care of Pope Francis, the chief shepherd of Christ’s flock. Pray for us all, dear mother, that by faith, fruitful in good works, we may all deserve to see and praise God, together with you in our heavenly home. Amen.
(from: A Catholic Prayer Book, CTS, 2001)
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