We have discovered a renewed appreciation for our Diocesan family as a result of the LECACY of Faith event. So many have spoken about the unique and varied ways you were given hope and joy and peace. These interior gifts corresponded with the exterior signs of laughter and gladness on the faces of all of us who were gathered together as one.
This coming month we will experience a greater LEGACY event: the faith of St. Peter, which still comes down to us today as promised. “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18.
2,000 years later this office is now being held by Pope Francis. He will be with us in the United States for a unique and grace-filled encounter event. He is attending the World Meeting of Families held in Philadelphia September 22-25th. In addition the Holy Father will be visiting some other cities in the US.
While most of us will not be with him personally, I would encourage all of us to begin praying for Pope Francis, for families throughout the world and in a special way the family of St. Lambert Parish and School.
A FAMILY PRAYER
Our Father, we thank you for your love and for your many blessings, especially for the precious gift of each other. Help us to show our gratitude by loving each other as you love us. Make us understanding and patient with one another, quick to admit our failings and ask forgiveness, generous in sharing the joy and strength we can give each other. Father, give our family lively faith and the courage to share it with those around us. Direct us to the state in life you plan for each of us, and help us to use your gifts to serve you. We entrust our family to your fatherly care. Preserve us from the corruption of the modern world and help us draw closer daily to you and to each other, until we come to share with you the joys of heaven. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, help us to be a holy family. Amen.