DAY 7: PASTORAL CARE
In the name of the Father + and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
“Let us love the Lord, let us love his Church…We received the Holy Spirit if we love the Church, if we are bound together by love, if we rejoice in the catholic name and faith. Let us believe it, brothers and sisters; one will have the Holy Spirit in the same measures that he or she loves the Church…Moreover, we love the Church when we stand fast in her membership and love.” (Pause)
READING: From LIVING IN FREEDOM UNDER GRACE
The world needs our service, our generous activity, but not just any activity. Of activity there is an abundance in the world and in holy leads to further confusion. What we can and must offer the world, the people we serve, from our vantage points as Augustinian, is a view of life made wholesome by a true spirit of fraternity, community, friendship and union with God.
Let us go forth with confidence in ourselves and in the accompanying help of our father Augustine. Let us be living message of faith and hope to our brethren wherever we may go. Let us not hesitate to give ourselves wholeheartedly to the various apostolates to which the Church calls us today, strengthened in our generosity by healthy community life after the model St. Augustine offers us (End of the reading). Pause for reflection.
LITANY IN HONOR OF SAINT AUGUSTINE
Lord, have mercy on us…
God the Father of Heaven Have mercy on us
God the Son, Redeemer of the World Have mercy on us
God, the Holy Spirit Have mercy on us
Holy Trinity, one God Have mercy on us
Mary, Mother of Jesus Pray for us
Mary, Mother of Consolation Pray for us
Mary, Mother of Good Counsel Pray for us
St. Augustine, bright star of the Church Pray for us
St. Augustine, filled with zeal for God’s glory Pray for us
St. Augustine, dauntless defender of the truth Pray for us
St. Augustine, the triumph of divine grace Pray for us
St. Augustine, on fire with the love of God Pray for us
St. Augustine, so great and so humble Pray for us
St. Augustine, prince of bishops and doctors Pray for us
St. Augustine, father of monastic life Pray for us
St. Augustine, holiest of the wise and wisest of the holy Pray for us
Pray for us St. Augustine That may become worthy of the promises of Christ.
ALL: Loving Father, we thank you for the gift of St. Augustine to the Church. Through his intercession, we his daughters, sons and friends, pray for light and courage to give ourselves unconditionally in humble and enduring service to the poorer members of flock whom you have entrusted to the church. We ask this in the name of Jesus your Son, our Lord Savior. Amen.