A Prayer for Catholic Book Clubs

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Thank you to Stephanie Gidley and the  Book Club of St. Aidan Parish in Livonia, MI for sharing the prayer they use to begin their Book Club meetings together. The prayer was adapted from multiple prayers and is a special way to commence their time together.

Dear God, thank you for bringing us together today for this Catholic Book Club. We pray for your help and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit during our meeting.

Enlighten us to understand what we have read, and help us to put what we learn about our faith, into practice daily. Assist our memories to retain what it is that You desire, and help us to use it for the glory of You and in our faith. Teach us to recognize in our readings what you desire us to learn. Help us to use that knowledge as an instrument of Your grace, directing our souls to greater union with You. Lead us to share our faith and knowledge with the souls of others, in order to bring them close to you as well.

Father, we ask your blessing on us today and every day, as we do our best to do Your will, and live our faith. Grant that we may live in reliance on your goodness and in thankfulness to You for our faith, and all the blessings of our lives. Give us the joyful reassurance that you are always near to guide and protect us.

May the tender love of the Father, the peace of His Son, Jesus Christ, and the grace and strength of the Holy Spirit, be with us as we continue our journey in the light of our faith.

Amen

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children’s fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa’s articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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